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Anthony Lonetree

Reporter | St. Paul education
Phone: 612-673-4109
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Anthony Lonetree has been covering St. Paul Public Schools and general K-12 issues for the Star Tribune since 2012-13. He began work in the paper's St. Paul bureau in 1987 and was the City Hall reporter for five years before moving to various education, public safety and suburban beats.


A lifelong music fan, Lonetree wrote the first Replacements stories to be published in a daily newspaper (St. Paul Dispatch) and now makes in-store mixes for a Northeast Minneapolis vintage clothing store -- with top sound sources. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, son and two dogs. He also has four daughters from an action-packed early life on St. Paul's East Side. He's a Ho-Chunk tribal member.
Recent content from Anthony Lonetree
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard, left, and teachers union president Nick Faber, right, shown in 2018.

St. Paul teachers propose mediation in health-insurer dispute

School district has threatened to sue union.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Joe Gothard.

St. Paul's Gothard wins school board's support

The board announced it plans to begin negotiating renewal of the three-year contract that Joe Gothard signed in 2017.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard left, and SPFT President Nick Faber talked outside of Hamline Elementary School Thursday June 21, 2018 in St. Paul

St. Paul School District threatens to sue unions over health-care dispute

The unions representing teachers, teaching assistants voted to leave HealthPartners mid-contract, which would trigger $4 million penalty.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard, left, and SPFE President Nick Faber in 2018.

St. Paul teachers pitch compromise over health-care issue

Deal aimed at avoiding $4 million penalty for the school district.
St. Paul City Council Member Kassim Busuri is one of six candidates running for the Sixth Ward seat. Busuri initially pledged not to as a condition of

More than two dozen file for St. Paul City Council races

Another 10 filed for the four seats on the school board on the ballot in November.
FILE - A judge has allowed a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District to move forward. The suit, filed by the group Gender Justice and the l

Case filed by Coon Rapids transgender student gets go-ahead

Judge rejects district's attempt to dismiss suit filed by transgender student.
Ian 'Fergie' Ferguson with his wife, Colleen Ferguson

'Fergie' Ferguson, legendary rock roadie, dies at age 74

Ian "Fergie" Ferguson was a guitar-tech legend who had the ears and trust of heavy metal heroes from Ritchie Blackmore to Yngwie Malmsteen to Kirk…
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard left, and SPFE President Nick Faber talked outside of Hamline Elementary School in June 2018.

St. Paul teachers' health insurance move threatens budget

Union vote puts district at risk of $4 million penalty from HealthPartners.
Principal Jocelyn Sims shows what will be an outdoor classroom for the School Forest Program.

Losing students, St. Paul aims for a middle school revival

Investments include a new school in Woodbury.
In 2018, Harding High School student Brendan Thor, 17, and other students played basketball at the Eastview Recreation Center in St. Paul.

St. Paul rec centers to lend a hand as school hours change

A free after-school program for students in grades 1 through 5 is being expanded.
Dr. Carlton Jenkins

Robbinsdale schools superintendent aims to ease discontent

Superintendent Carlton Jenkins had hoped he and his critics could "move on."
Joan Del Rio, Monroe High School class of 1976, on Tuesday night held a sign in protest against the proposed name change of the Linwood Monroe Arts Pl

St. Paul school board renames school that honored slave-owning president

Linwood Monroe Arts Plus to drop name of President James Monroe.
Some alumni want St. Paul’s Linwood Monroe Arts Plus to offer the community a greater say in the name change.

Monroe High alumni fight the proposed renaming of St. Paul's Linwood Monroe Arts Plus

St. Paul arts school plans to drop name of slave-owning president.
Nurses and their supporters picketed on the sidewalk outside Children's St. Paul and United Hospital on May 23, 2019, in St. Paul.

Children's Hospitals, nurses reach 3-year agreement

Teams representing the nurses and the hospitals met for 21 hours and agreed to address issues that included raises and the cost of health insurance.
St, Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard recently called for an outside review of the district’s facilities management practices.

As some St. Paul schools get fresh face, rising costs delay others

Rising costs led to outside review, too.
Longtime Central High School Principal Mary Mackbee was all smiles as she was driven off to a halftime ceremony in her honor last fall.

St. Paul's Central High to have interim leader in 2019-20

Two searches to replace Mary Mackbee have failed to produce the "right candidate," the superintendent wrote in a message to families.

For second time in two months, student brings loaded gun to St. Paul elementary school

An 8-year-old girl at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary found the gun when she looked into her backpack, police said.

Red Rock Central superintendent hospitalized after crash

Bruce Olson, 64 and nearing retirement, suffered a spinal cord injury, family says.
Jacobson

Fast-talking auctioneer and businessman Abner Jacobson dies at 93

He cut many deals, and yet his business partner, Jerry Peterson, could not recall anyone not liking him.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard said that much of the costs reflected changes in the scope of the respective projects. But he said

Amid rising facilities costs, St. Paul school district calls for outside review

With costs blowing past the district's early estimates, many residents elsewhere now must wait longer for improvements to buildings near them.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul schools teeter with budget deficit: 'We passed a referendum. We still have a deficit. What's up?'

District faces enrollment losses, a new strategic plan even with Legislature's boost in per-pupil funding.
In 2017, students walked to board a school bus nicknamed "the secret bus," taking them from Eden Prairie to attend the Minnetonka district.

Minnetonka's courting of nonresident students continues to fuel tension

The district says nonresident students, and the revenue they generate, are vital to its operations.
Ana Younker-Zimmerman, who was born without arms, was invited to Target Field to throw out a first pitch on April 26. Younker-Zimmerman, 19, excels at

An inspirational first pitch? St. Paul teen delivered for the Twins

A graduate of St. Paul's Humboldt High School, Ana Younker-Zimmerman, 19, excelled in adapted sports. So when the word went out that theTwins wanted an inspirational athlete to throw out the first pitch on April 26, she got the call.
Jackie Turner, chief engagement officer for Saint Paul public schools, at right in 2018.

St. Paul School District avoids tough talk about charter school competition

School board avoids moratorium talk, floats idea of working along with other campuses.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Joe Gothard said teacher coaches would be paid for with federal money.

St. Paul School District weighing hard choices on budget

Superintendent slices number of new teacher coaches to be hired.
Students, parents and supporters made a tunnel of support for faculty as they entered the school on Thursday, April 18, 2018 outside of Ramsey Element

Anoka-Hennepin parents rally for Ramsey teachers dealing with rising unruliness

More must be done to stop disruptive behavior at Ramsey Elementary, supporters say.
Higher Ground Academy, shown in 2010. The long-established charter school has a second campus in the works.

St. Paul officials debate ways to rein in growing charter schools

The St. Paul Federation of Educators has quizzed school board and City Council candidates about whether they would back a moratorium on charter school growth.
A wall of cigarettes in 2017 at a gas station in Edina, one of the Minnesota cities and counties that raised the legal age for tobacco use to 21.

St. Paul school board hears pitch to raise tobacco age

Thirty-one cities, counties have taken action to date.
St. Paul Central High School Principal Mary Mackbee was honored at halftime of the homecoming football game Sept. 29.

St. Paul Central's Mary Mackbee hears the praises

School auditorium to be named for educator of more than 50 years.

St. Paul schools still show gaps in student discipline

Report says black students last fall were suspended eight times more often than whites.
Rosie Johnsen

Rose Johnsen, pillar of St. Paul's Obb's Sports Bar & Grill, dies at 97

Johnsen, who for 60 years was a charming, no-nonsense presence at the East Side institution, Obb's Sports Bar & Grill, and whose name now adorns the boulevard sign near the crosswalk outside, died Feb. 18. She was 97, and retired for only two years.
Gov. Tim Walz has proposed a per-pupil funding boost.

St. Paul school district projects budget deficit for fifth year

The $2.9 million shortfall would be the district's fifth in a row.

St. Paul educators mark century of activism

Union local is recognized leader in "common good" bargaining.

St. Paul students aim to put teeth into ethnic studies

Nationally, the curriculum has been shown to improve grades and attendance.
A long-awaited move to push back middle- and high-school start times to 8:30 a.m. finally kicks in this fall in the St. Paul schools, but transporatio

St. Paul schools prepare to change start times in the fall

District officials work to ease parental concerns.
Teacher Anna Grussendorf helps kids with their English language at Mississippi Creative Arts School in St. Paul.

Push on at Capitol to help English language newcomers

The education of students learning to grasp the English language is getting fresh attention at the State Capitol — in no small part because of the fiscal pressures being placed on school districts facing budget shortfalls to cover ELL services.
Aaron Benner, a former St. Paul Public Schools teacher

Ex-teacher to fight St. Paul district's move to toss retaliation lawsuit

Aaron Benner sued St. Paul schools alleging retaliation.
Jesus Viveros, center, coached students (from the left) Mya Nay Paw, 12, Vanessa Diaz,13, and Alina Hong,12, during a Beyond Walls Urban Squash Twin C

Minn. youth program uses 'elite' sport of squash to open doors

Beyond Walls, operating out of the University of Minnesota's Recreation and Wellness Center, looks to sharpen skills and academics.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, left, and Mayor Melvin Carter.

Ramsey County's big data plans come under fire as profiling

St. Paul mayor, superintendent join in ordering "pause" on new joint powers board.
Perpich Arts High School is eliminating dormitory fees for students who live 20 miles or more from the Golden Valley campus, starting in the 2019-2020

Perpich Arts High School offers new dorm fees deal to boost enrollment

The enrollment incentive would ease costs for teens outside the metro.
Connell

Daniel Connell, craft beer expert who ran marathons, dies at 35

Daniel Connell ran nine marathons, and after each one he vowed to never do it again."It's just too much," the Rev. Jerry Fehn quoted him…
Benner

St. Paul schools move again to have former teacher's lawsuit tossed

Ex-teacher critical of board claims retaliation after series of investigations.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, pictured in January, presented his SPPS Achieves strategic plan to school board members this week.

St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard details strategic plan for school district

Middle schools to be an area of focus, he has said.
Some Minnesota school leaders raised concerns at the proposal by President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Trump panel advocates rescinding Obama-era school discipline rules

The proposal to return suspension policy stirs debate in Minnesota.
Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough reminded attendees at a Truth in Taxation hearing that the county is a “safety net” for people in need

Property taxes climbing, but needs are many, activists say

Many residents applaud investments, but new hikes raise concerns, too.
In June, St. Paul teachers union President Nick Faber, left, and St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard spoke with Keely Young-Dixon about schools in St.

St. Paul's student numbers on the decline

Drop in students for 2018-19 comes despite well-publicized campaign.

Osseo transgender student alleges harassment over bathroom use

Video posted online shows door to stall being opened by adults outside.

'Laser Week' light shows planned at St. Paul's Como Planetarium

St. Paul Public Schools is combining classic rock music and laser lights in a weeklong series of planetarium shows that will run Monday night through Saturday.

Police investigating alleged assault of St. Paul assistant principal by student

In St. Paul, court cases have gone from 15 in 2015 to 2 so far this year.
Nell Pierce used puppets to tell a story to preschoolers as part of the Early Bridges program at the Pre-K at Rondo learning hub.

Storytelling skills being built at early age in St. Paul

Rondo-area preschoolers draw inspiration from guest artists.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Joe Gothard signed off on a series of improvements to the district's program for English language learners as part of

St. Paul schools move to strengthen English language services

St. Paul schools plan is part of a settlement with parents of Karen students.
Superintendent Joe Gothard had lunch with kids at Obama Elementary in St. Paul on the first day of school.

St. Paul Public Schools has plan to better engage with parents

District has a plan it says will help parents' feedback be handled better.

Twin Cities metro districts win in high-stakes school levy votes

The message was direct, “Vote Yes for Kids,” and on Tuesday, the people of Minneapolis and St. Paul delivered for their school districts. Voters backed…
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard

Costs eyed as St. Paul superintendent builds his leadership team

Creation of two new jobs, rewriting of a third, comes as levy vote approaches.
This year students in Ashley Wilke's AP psychology class will be required to pay a $60 fee to take their AP tests at the end of class if they want to

Metro school districts go to voters to right fiscal ships

Levies in Mpls., St. Paul and suburbs would boost taxes, steady district finances.
First-grade teacher Moslais Xiong played a game to help her class focus on listening at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet in St. Paul.

St. Paul's Asian community pushes for investment in its students

As the St. Paul School District makes its case this fall for an $18.6 million a year increase in voter-approved funding, advocates and former students…
Eugene Jax

Eugene Jax, social worker with a heart for justice, dies at 82

After retiring, he continued to strive to give voice to the homeless but later was slowed by ALS.
Curtis Slater

Forest Lake area principal getting national honor credits 'Wyoming Way'

Curtis Slater will be in Washington representing Minnesota as the state's 2018 "national distinguished principal."
After crunching the numbers, it looks like the typical St. Paul homeowner is looking at a big property tax increase next year.

St. Paul property taxes to climb for most, according to projections

But voters will have say on school district taxes.
Moslais Xiong played a game to help her class focus on listening. Districts are facing pressure from the state to lower race-based discipline disparit

Minnesota school districts grapple with discipline disparities

Action taken by state will shine light on schools' corrective strategies
Students Aiko Mattie, left, and Emma McCarthy, right, with their advisor, Katie Craven.

Two St. Paul students win $7,500 grand prize in Unsung Heroes contest

In a surprise announcement, the 10th-graders collect $7,500 grand prize for website honoring "unsung hero."

St. Paul schools unveil 2019 property-tax plan

District requesting $475 per student; voters will have the final say in November.
Farmington High School marching band members rehearsed clasping hands at the end of their program, "Dystopia" Thursday night at the school.

Farmington High band, accused of playing politics, marches on

This year's field show, "Dystopia," initially featured 10-foot-high boards spelling out the word, "RESIST," but critics cried foul.
Gov. Mark Dayton poses for photos with students at Carver Elementary in Maplewood.

First day for most Minnesota school districts was a full one

Spruced-up school buildings and a visit from Gov. Mark Dayton among opening day highlights.
AFT President Randi Weingarten spoke during a news conference at a June news conference in St. Paul. In an effort to address enrollment and budget woe

School districts go door to door to draw new students

More than 100 kids recruited during St. Paul Public Schools canvassing effort.
Joe Gothard came to St. Paul from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district and is entering year two of a three-year contract.

St. Paul schools chief Joe Gothard scores positive marks

But the superintendent's first public review didn't increase his $232,000 salary.
Jackie Turner, chief operations officer for St. Paul schools, outlined options for potential implementation plans at costs ranging from $1.77 million

St. Paul schools want to give more contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses

Push is on to hire women- and minority-owned firms; businesses owned by white men now get bulk of jobs.
St. Paul Central High teacher John Ekblad, center.

St. Paul teacher assaulted by student loses court appeal

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a district judge was correct in concluding that John Ekblad had failed to prove his case merited consideration beyond the remedies of workers' compensation system.
An empty classroom sits prepared for incoming students at Central Lutheran, despite the school closing down. Central Lutheran School has been around f

St. Paul's Central Lutheran School closing after 130 years

Declining enrollment, financial pressures cited in recent fundraising effort
George Packey Howatt Jr.

George Howatt Jr., an inspiring father, dies at 76

The public-comment period at St. Paul school board meetings runs about a half-hour, and with the list of speakers often stacked, many have just a…
If the measure fails, Superintendent Joe Gothard said, multi-million dollar cuts would continue.

St. Paul schools referendum is set, but it carries some risk

Tax hike would cost average homeowner $136 more.
This is an undated photo of a portrait of U.S. President James Monroe.

St. Paul enters debate about renaming schools

The national movement to erase the names of historic figures from buildings and places for sins related to race has reached St. Paul — this time with a U.S. president at the center of the debate.
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. Teachers unions are hoping that recent grass-roots protests over pay and working conditions will blunt the im

After union setback, event in Minneapolis helps teachers regroup

A conference of the nation's educators winds down in Minneapolis on Thursday with few more ready to take on an anti-union tide than a battle-hardened group from Wisconsin.
The Minneapolis Convention Center will be the scene for the National Education Association's annual meeting, which begins Saturday.

Nation's educators look to build new energy in Minneapolis

Thousands of educators will meet in Minneapolis over the coming days after an impressive springtime showing of grass-roots power by teachers — and then a…
Washington Tech Magnet High School juniors Ann Lee, left, and Nabiha Ali did AP biology classwork after a hike.

Schools across state aim to diversify advanced classes

Racial gaps remain, but access to dual credit courses is on the rise.
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