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.


Are visionary Republicans history in our state?

A post-Watergate Minnesota GOP chairman has this advice: If there's chaos in Washington, keep it there. Put on an orderly show in St. Paul.


Regarding vetoes: Dayton, a former goalie, learns to fully block the net

He used to be resigned to having some unwanted legislation get past him. No more.


Pile-on legislation is aplenty — and unconstitutional in Minnesota

Why legislators face a single-subject rule (which they ignore).


With immigration in the glare, read about Minnesota's history

Especially if you have Nordic heritage, you'll like this book. But its value goes beyond that.


Minnesota Department of Revenue faces budget cuts. Wise?

This is, after all, the department that brings in the funds for Minnesota.


The art of investigating the president, from one who knows

How Minnesota's Dave Durenberger handled the developing news about the Iran-contra affair.


GOP spits into the wind on renewable energy

Carbon-free sources have momentum, thanks to visionary leadership of the past.


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.