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Lori Sturdevant

Lori Sturdevant retired in January 2019 after 43 years at the Star Tribune, 26 of them as an editorial writer and weekly columnist covering state politics and government. She continues as an occasional columnist for that publication. Sturdevant joined the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Sturdevant is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of that institution’s Board of Trustees. She has been the author, ghostwriter, or editor of 11 books, including Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, The Pillsburys of Minnesota, and When Republicans Were Progressive by Dave Durenberger. She is a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.

Recent & Notable Works

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When Republicans Were Progressive, editor/ghostwriter, with author Dave Durenberger (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018)

Creating a Real School, editor, with authors Larry and Pat Schaefer (Nodin Press, 2016)

Citizen Swain: Tales of a Minnesota Life, editor/ghostwriter, with author Tom H. Swain (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014)

The Pillsburys of Minnesota, with George S. Pillsbury (Nodin Press, 2011)

Heroes Among Us, editor, with author Peter Heegaard (Nodin Press, 2008)

She’s No Lady, editor, with author Arvonne Fraser (Nodin Press, 2007)

I Trust to Be Believed: Speeches and Reflections, editor, with author Elmer L. Andersen (Nodin Press, 2004)

Changemaker, editor, with author W. Harry Davis (Afton Historical Society Press, 2003)

Overcoming: the Autobiography of W. Harry Davis, editor (Afton Historical Society Press, 2002)

A Man’s Reach, editor/ghostwriter, with author Elmer L. Andersen (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

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