Editorial writer and columnist | Opinion

Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist who has written about Minnesota government and politics since 1978. She is also the author or editor of 11 books about notable Minnesotans. 

Sturdevant is a native of Dell Rapids, S.D., and a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has been a member of Coe's board of trustees for 30 years. Sturdevant lives in St. Paul with her husband. They have three grown children.


Minnesota Legislature's main event this year: the housing shortage

State Rep. Alice Hausman will be found leading the charge.


Excuse the pun: This census really counts for Minnesota

Federal funding and a congressional seat are in the balance for the state.


Race in America: The conversation is not over

The way forward? Defend legal gains, but above all discuss, says a Minnesota civil-rights activist.


After nearly a century, has time arrived for ERA?

Every half-century or so, the quest to protect women's rights inches ahead.


Trump vs. Congress: A fundamental concern

Others can analyze the politics. I worry about the future of checks and balances.


Minnesotans, don't be the spoilers in 2020

This state's voters long have supported third parties, but there's too much at risk in 2020.


Trade-war objections: You won't keep 'em down, on the farms

When a Farmers Union president speaks …


How cities raise money in modern-era Minnesota

Things aren't as rough as they were, but the state-local partnership needs a tuneup.


On clean energy, 'just say no' is turning into a political no-no

It's a good way to lose elections, based on the evidence from, say, western Minnesota.


A 'just say no' status quo prevails at the State Capitol, I fear

Politics was once a means to an end. Now it's just the end.