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.

What does revolutionary history tell us about this moment?

Let's check in with Todd Otis, a former Minnesota legislator who's written a story about that past.

Could be — should be — the election year for a climate change focus

Perhaps you've heard the story before, but more than ever it bears repeating — and tweaking.

Lori Sturdevant: Job One for an even-year Legislature gets demoted

The need for tending to infrastructure is due some fresh appreciation.

How women kept the Twin Cities on the big-deal sports event map

And how to maintain that standing.

As a topic among policymakers, housing is hotter than it once was

It's a solid part of the problem-solving agenda now, and it's not hard to understand why.

Worries about the U faded in search for new president

An interview with Mary Davenport, chair of the search committee.

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.