Editorial writer and columnist | Opinion

Lori Sturdevant is a retired 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.


Up next for the DFL: amending the state Constitution

Abortion rights and housing assistance are two issues legislators hope will drive DFL voters to the booth.


To combat contempt of courts, there's no substitute for character

Minnesota justices have set a high standard of integrity.


Toxic politics may poison governance

Respect for those who disagree with you is fundamental to effective government.


Lori Sturdevant: A Minnesota lesson for the U.S. House quagmire

Return with me to the State Capitol events of 1980.


St. Paul's sales tax: Minnesota Miracle 2.0?

The increase would apply the financial muscle of sales taxes to local government needs — again.


A new voice for the U

We need a lot more people like Melisa López Franzen if the state is to thrive during the next several decades.


Lori Sturdevant: It's regrettable that U-Fairview talks have been so hush-hush

The announcement of a task force on academic health at the U should help remedy this.


Humphrey's was a tale of vision, vigor and valor

And it's a good reminder of how we can be a part of positive change.


Minnesota's future: Early ed champions are thrilled, not satisfied

Major progress was made, but we need to do more for children from low-income families.


Calling all workers was session's Job One

The growth of workers in Minnesota has stopped, and that needs to be addressed.