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

Steering the State Capitol on Tom Bakk time

The Senate majority leader isn’t facing an election. Perhaps that explains his strategies. Perhaps there’s more to it. With the senator from Cook, it isn’t always easy to tell.

Updated: May 23, 2014, - 06:44 PM

Ortman: Seeking a Senate nomination the old-fashioned way — rung by rung

Julianne Ortman hasn't gone quiet for the sake of safety. She's still building her political career.

Updated: May 16, 2014, - 07:01 PM

Caring for frail elders? Not a workplace priority just yet

That part of family responsibility got quite the cold shoulder from State Capitol lobbyists this year.

Updated: May 09, 2014, - 07:09 PM

At State Capitol, a billion-dollar discipline won't house the homeless

The cap on state bonding (in a time of low interest rates, at that) leaves needs unfilled.

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 06:17 PM

All are not aboard for Minnesota's transportation bill

Most critically, the Chamber of Commerce isn't. Here's its thinking — and mine.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 05:59 PM

Nancy Brataas helped build the state GOP

Before serving in Legislature, she helped build a machine that won gubernatorial elections.

Updated: April 18, 2014, - 07:18 PM

Progress, past and present, for women

The debate over Minnesota’s Women’s Economic Security Act illuminates the issue.

Updated: April 11, 2014, - 06:43 PM

Minnesotans are on the job, but overqualified for what's available

A political party stands to gain if it can truly help the state's workers meet their aspirations.

Updated: April 04, 2014, - 07:06 PM

The Great State Capitol Office Space Debate, Part One

It's an easy target for Republicans. Come to think of it, they have practice at this.

Updated: March 28, 2014, - 06:44 PM

Greater Minnesota broadband: An energizing effort

It’s not a twin to the last century’s rural electrification, but it’s a close sibling.

Updated: March 21, 2014, - 05:42 PM

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