Lori Sturdevant

Editorial writer and columnist
Phone: 612-673-4505
Lori Sturdevant writes editorials and a weekly column about topics she has covered for more than 30 years, state government and politics. She joined the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Lori is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of that institution’s Board of Trustees. She has been the editor or co-author of nine books, including “A Man’s Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen,” “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” and “The Pillsburys of Minnesota.” Her latest book is “Citizen Swain: Tales of a Minnesota Life,” by Tom H. Swain, to be released in April 2015 by University of Minnesota Press. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.

Recent content from Lori Sturdevant

As election years go, this is a rather quiet one

Why? Here’s a theory: Old issues have been resolved, and new ones are still being shaped.

Updated: October 17, 2014, - 07:23 PM

In Edina, the politics realign with the people

This year's legislative race there is about moderates — the tried-and-true.

Updated: October 10, 2014, - 07:16 PM

It's a midterm election, and one's thoughts turn to turnout

There are obstacles to voting, so it isn';t necessarily shiftlessness that leads to nonparticipation. Although it kind of is, sometimes.

Updated: October 06, 2014, - 04:41 PM

Issues abound for woman presidential candidate

More gender integration in Washington would be helpful to all — men and women.

Updated: September 27, 2014, - 06:00 PM

Time-tested tea leaves bode well for Minnesota GOP

But unchallenged candidacies do not reflect well on participatory democracy.

Updated: September 19, 2014, - 06:56 PM

A scarlet 'U' of sorts (for 'unwed')

Does shaming strengthen commitment to parenting? Well, remember that shaming has a sexist history.

Updated: September 12, 2014, - 06:42 PM

Independence Party standard-bearers pick a side: The GOP

Thus indicate known endorsements from a party on the line this year.

Updated: September 05, 2014, - 07:01 PM

Next up (in St. Paul and elsewhere): Paid parental leave

It's an issue that advances a moral cause but also offers practical benefits.

Updated: August 29, 2014, - 07:29 PM

Minnesota's strengths, from one get-together to another

The state's lessons on citizenship and governance can be found, for sake of example, at the State Fair.

Updated: August 25, 2014, - 11:57 AM

That Senate office building has a bull's-eye painted on it

That said, it's likely to withstand any arrows opponents fling.

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 06:54 PM

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