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Steven Lee Kopperud
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Steven Lee Kopperud

01/19/1951 – 10/19/2020


06/15/2021 (Entombment)


South Outside Garden 114c
Section 114C Lot WEST F Grave 1
Map (pdf)

Kopperud, Steven L. 69, newspaper, magazine correspondent and lobbyist, died of natural causes on October 19, 2020. A long-time residence of Washington, DC, he was in Minneapolis for a family wedding. A brilliant political strategist and coalition builder, Kopperud successfully took writing and communications skills and use them to win legislative and regulatory wars over a 35-year career representing agriculture, agribusiness, biotechnology, animal welfare, farm policy, trade and ag research. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism and Political Science, he was a former reporter with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the San Diego Union-Tribune and Washington Bureau Chief with the ABC Publishing Division. He moved to the lobbyin g side of the policy process and never looked back, Former Senior VP with AFIA, and later Executive VP with Policy Directions, he was semi-retired, but continued to write and provide strategic guidance. An avid reader, adept storyteller, and recognized spe aker, he devoured information, valued language, had an all-consuming presence and thought in a way that made discussion a most joyous game. There was always laughter when Steve was in the room. Kopperud is survived by spouse, Judith, brother, Dean (Susan), sisters-in law, Jean and Jill, and the uncle you always wanted to several millennials. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Craig and Brian. A U of Minnesota School of Journalism scholarship in development will be the designated memorial. A remembrance will be held in 2021. Condolences:

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