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.


Well, someone's gotta take on health care for Minnesotans

In Minnesota, that would be state Rep. Erin Murphy, a licensed nurse, who says: "You don't walk away from a patient who needs your attention."


Minnesota's renowned people power is waning

Examples abound. Will citizens get cynical or energized by this?


In western Minnesota, a diminished DFL, and yet

The party has purpose and perhaps a chance in this session to show rural voters how it better meets their needs.


Citizens League may have refreshed role as regional arbiter

It would be a welcome revival of civic culture cultivation, if legislators buy in.


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It's all about the driver's seat.


Steve Sviggum's likely return to the Board of Regents? Copacetic.

Quick pick was needed for the board, and he's the guy.


Broadband is still the missing link in rural Minnesota

Voters there may warm to politicians who can make things better on this front.


Minnesota's faith communities speak with one voice on refugee issue

A critical mass unites against Trump policy.


Have Minnesota leaders kicked the gridlock habit?

An agreement on health premium relief and other factors give reason for hope.


The message of the Women's Marches, articulated

For that, let's turn to the leader of St. Catherine University.