Lori Sturdevant | Star Tribune
Editorial writer and columnist

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.


How to hold onto Minnesota exceptionalism? Look to the immigrants who built, and are still building, a future here

Look to the immigrants who built — and are still building — a future here.


The near future of higher ed at the State Capitol

Let's check in with two new legislative committee leaders about the challenges they'll face.


Circumstances thrust a critical issue on the governor-elect

It's climate change. Time is short, and the White House isn't doing the job. What can a state do? Plenty.


How to make government better? You have plenty to say

And so do two leading voices on the subject who are in town. (Ranked-choice voting, anyone?)


Math doesn't add up on state Social Security tax cut

Exempting Social Security from taxes now would take an ever-bigger bite from state treasury.


Peterson, Emmer bridge the divide of geography and party

So perhaps U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Tom Emmer have something to show us.


Presidential prospects for the 'senator next door'

The style that's won Klobuchar so much Minnesota support can transfer — and is beginning to.


Your vote against hate this year will matter

That's a mission that events at the end of this campaign season have necessitated.


Economy is humming, but many candidates are running on fear

With low jobless rate, rising incomes, pols have a window to address tough issues.


We're in the danger zone of distrust

But there's a way out. It entails building relationships — for real, not for the sake of saying so.