Lori Sturdevant | Star Tribune
Editorial writer and columnist

Lori writes editorials and a weekly column about topics she has covered for more than 35 years, state government and politics. She's also a regular panelist on the Playing Politics podcast. Lori 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 author, ghostwriter or editor of ten 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 "Creating a Real School: the Lake Country School Story," by Larry and Pat Schaefer, released in 2016. She is a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children. Follow @sturdevant.


Minneapolis, St. Paul property tax hikes shine light on lagging state aid

Looks like this fall's Minneapolis and St. Paul campaigns won't be just about policing after all. Not with property tax increase proposals shooting like Roman candles from mayoral offices last week.


There's no transit plan so needed, so far off that it can't find its foes

But needs are changing, and neighborhoods will, too.


Leaders in greater Minnesota have ongoing worry about unmet needs

Right track or wrong track? Wrong track, they say.


Do Minneapolis, St. Paul differ in policing style?

There are differences in cop culture and civilian review, though that is evolving.


In Minnesota, would home-grown health care cost containment have better odds?

Health care policy punt to states may be welcomed.


There's cause for concern about party role in democracy

Could no-party-endorsement trend reach the state level?


Hypotheticals: The Met Council edition

Imagine if it had always been an elected body. Would there be less partisan suspicion?


Can feminism's goals once again be bipartisan?

For women, the economic mission is yet to be accomplished.


As history shows, political violence is a wicked thief for a democracy

As I saw too many times when young, it steals the public's power to decide.


Minnesota's Supreme Court must come to the rescue

What's at stake in battle between the governor and the Legislature is not just politics, but the state's Constitution.