Editorial writer and columnist | Opinion

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.


The swing districts of 2022

A Lake Minnetonka-area state Senate race could turn on the abortion issue.


The Minnesota muddle

Citizens have come to accept state government dysfunction as normal, and that's not good.


Gas costs, climate crisis fuel a dilemma

Legislators must know we're running out of time to make meaningful policy changes.


A skeptic's view of the state surplus

The world has changed since that forecast was made.


In post-Roe Minnesota, abortion could be a potent political issue

Under state court precedent, it would be difficult to outlaw abortion in our state. But it's not unthinkable.


Minnesota, the Midwest are central in combating climate change

For progress to occur, representative democracy will have to work better in these parts than it has in several decades.


City Question 2: The nuanced message of a 'no' vote

Former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton has a good sense of what will motivate voters and what parallels to draw.


Expo could be just what Minnesota's battered reputation needs

My hunch is that the state benefits when the world is given a glimpse of what this place does right.


No good commissioner goes unpunished

Confirmation as a blood sport makes government service ever less appealing to top talent.


Approaching 100, 'Citizen Swain' takes on climate change

Tom Swain's eagerness to take on big issues has led to the creation of the new Swain Climate Policy Series at the University of Minnesota.