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's higher education is facing a crisis

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual way of rebalancing budgets will put our colleges and universities at risk.


Minnesotans eager to vote as always — but not in the old way

It's up to legislators to tap the federal funding, update certain rules and bring clarity.


Telework's moment of true arrival is bound to make ripples in Minnesota

The change we've been forced to make is likely to stick to some degree. And that has implications for Minnesota road funding.


How it turned out for Minnesota to have a primary

Minnesota is not done figuring out how to do things best in total.


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.