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Anthony Lonetree

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Anthony Lonetree covers education in St. Paul and the east metro.
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School briefs: Woodbury charter school student lands national science award

Curious about a lack of plant growth under her family’s evergreen trees, Manashree Padiyath of Woodbury decided that an experiment was in order. Her resulting…

Stillwater area voters back new school facilities plan

Voters approved $97.5 million proposal for an expanded high school and a new elementary school by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Stillwater area voters back new school facilities plan

High school to be expanded, and new elementary school built, by start of 2017-18 school year.

Stillwater students grab gold in tech skills contest

A trio of Stillwater Area High School students brought home a gold medal in the school’s first foray into a state vocational-technical skills competition. The…

School briefs: East Ridge's Raptors fall to world robotics champs

A robotics team from East Ridge High School in Woodbury was one of two state squads to compete against the eventual winners of the FIRST…

St. Paul arts school won't penalize seniors over unlicensed teachers

Creative Arts Secondary was found to have two paraprofessionals teaching courses.
School briefs: Stillwater district seals deal with new superintendent

School briefs: Stillwater district seals deal with new superintendent

The Stillwater school board has approved a three-year contract with its new superintendent that will pay her $180,000 in 2015-16 — up from the $165,000…
One man drowns, two safe after canoe capsizes in Vadnais Heights

One man drowns, two safe after canoe capsizes in Vadnais Heights

Vang Houa Thao was the oldest boy in a family of eight children, competitive, smart, a college graduate with a job in the finance industry in the Twin Cities area.
School briefs: South Washington County looks north to fill East Ridge job

School briefs: South Washington County looks north to fill East Ridge job

At 6 feet 5 inches, Jim Smokrovich has the stature of a leader, and he has fit the bill as principal of Grand Rapids High…

Testing of Minnesota's students to resume Thursday

Company that administers online exam assured Department of Education that fixes to system have been made.
'Change' candidates are big winners with St. Paul DFL

'Change' candidates are big winners with St. Paul DFL

Party endorses four challengers — forcing three incumbents from the race in November.

School briefs: Stillwater student earns $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship

Monica Anuforo, a senior at Stillwater Area High School, is one of five Minnesotans to receive a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship award — an honor…
St. Paul school board could see change Sunday

St. Paul school board could see change Sunday

The St. Paul DFL convention Sunday will determine the fate of a corps of challengers.
Schools chief Valeria Silva drops Florida candidacy to stay in St. Paul

Schools chief Valeria Silva drops Florida candidacy to stay in St. Paul

Decision announced after City Hall meeting with Mayor Chris Coleman and other leaders.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva on short list for Florida job

St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva on short list for Florida job

St. Paul superintendent among those to be interviewed next week in Palm Beach County.
St. Paul schools' Silva describes Florida job as 'excellent fit'

St. Paul schools' Silva describes Florida job as 'excellent fit'

Palm Beach County board to review applicants and select finalists on Wednesday.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva on list for Florida schools job

St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva on list for Florida schools job

St. Paul superintendent is one of 72 people in the running for position in Palm Beach County.

School briefs: Student, Stillwater district benefit from ties to youth alliance

For nearly 20 years, the Minnesota Alliance With Youth has helped students cultivate skills needed to succeed in school, work and life. Now, the group…
Ethiopian gov't leader's appearance in Minneapolis sparks loud protest

Ethiopian gov't leader's appearance in Minneapolis sparks loud protest

Abdi Mohamed Omar drew a large Minneapolis crowd, but opponents denounced him.
'Caucus for Change' movement takes aim at St. Paul school board

'Caucus for Change' movement takes aim at St. Paul school board

St. Paul’s school board incumbents are in trouble this year — potential casualties of a movement powered by the district’s teachers union.

School briefs: Stillwater selects north metro leader as next superintendent

Denise Pontrelli, an administrator with the Spring Lake Park Schools, has been tapped to be the next superintendent of the Stillwater Area Public Schools. The…
St. Paul school chief Silva to get new 3-year contract

St. Paul school chief Silva to get new 3-year contract

The St. Paul School District and Superintendent Valeria Silva have negotiated a new three-year contract that is set for a school board vote Tuesday.In December,…

School briefs: Local schools post healthy graduation rates

Most Washington County-area school districts posted strong numbers last year when it came to graduating students on time, state figures show. Leading the way among…
After nearly two months, snow inches back into the forecast

After nearly two months, snow inches back into the forecast

Snow is ex­pect­ed to re­turn to the Twin Cities area Mon­day night. If that in­spires you to en­gage in some tra­di­tion­al out­door fun, your op­por­tuni­ties are fad­ing fast. Skating rinks are closing, and fish houses must be taken off the ice in parts of the state.

School briefs: Hill-Murray names new school president

Hill-Murray School has appointed Jim Hansen, a 1973 graduate and business and education leader, to be its next president. “Jim has distinguished himself as a…

South Washington schools lock in leader; Stillwater narrows its choices

The east-metro school districts with a lot on their respective plates took action recently on issues of finance and leadership.
School briefs: Park High, Hill-Murray honored at State One-Act Play Festival

School briefs: Park High, Hill-Murray honored at State One-Act Play Festival

Park High School in Cottage Grove and Hill-Murray School in Maplewood staged two very different 1920s-era stories to capture top honors at the 2015 State…
Chinese immersion school in St. Paul rings in a new year

Chinese immersion school in St. Paul rings in a new year

More St. Paul families are choosing Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy.
School briefs: South Washington County schools has 6 hopefuls for 2015 Teach of the Year honor

School briefs: South Washington County schools has 6 hopefuls for 2015 Teach of the Year honor

Three area school districts — South Washington County, Stillwater and North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale — had several candidates named recently for the 2015 Minnesota Teacher of…
Teen's death in Eagan under investigation

Teen's death in Eagan under investigation

The 13-year-old boy was found “unresponsive and bleeding” from an unspecified wound after his 15-year-old brother called police. Their 11-year-old sister was also in the home.
School briefs: Special-ed coordinator wins South Washington County honor

School briefs: Special-ed coordinator wins South Washington County honor

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce kept alive its streak of looking beyond traditional classroom instruction in selecting its annual Educator of the Year. This…

South Washington County schools eyeing painful cuts

‘Heart-wrenching’ details to be part of upcoming community conversations.
St. Paul schools chief Silva defends policies, changes

St. Paul schools chief Silva defends policies, changes

During annual address, St. Paul schools superintendent says inclusion and equity changes were “right thing to do.”

School briefs: Seven theater productions are honored

Seven area high schools have been recognized by the Hennepin Theatre Trust for the quality of their fall musical theater productions. The honors were announced…

School briefs: South Washington County school board member censured

South Washington County School Board Member Katy McElwee-Stevens was censured by her colleagues this month after admitting to disclosing private personnel data received from the…

St. Paul schools crafting policy recognizing all genders

Plans outlined Tuesday come on heels of action elsewhere.

Enrollment to grow at slow, steady pace in St. Paul schools, study shows

Change comes after about a decade of student population decline between 2005-2014.
School briefs: Frank Asenbrenner, Hill-Murray's first principal, dies at 81

School briefs: Frank Asenbrenner, Hill-Murray's first principal, dies at 81

After winning two independent state hockey championships, Hill-Murray High School finally joined the state high school league in 1974-75, and in that first year, entered…

Neighboring districts prepare school facilities requests

But Stillwater, South Washington County are in different stages of planning.

School briefs: South Washington County educators win education grants

Ten teachers and a school counselor were recently named recipients of education grants awarded to educators in the South Washington County School District. Benefactors included…

Woman in St. Paul stabbing dies; police search for ex-boyfriend

A woman who was allegedly stabbed by a former boyfriend in St. Paul on Sunday night has died, police said Monday morning. Investigators have preliminary…
After victory, Vikings fans defeated by snow emergency

After victory, Vikings fans defeated by snow emergency

Vikings fans find vehicles hauled off in first snow emergency.

School briefs: Two North St. Paul elementary schools named 2014 Celebration schools

Richardson and Weaver elementary schools, both a part of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District, were among 22 schools designated this month as “celebration” schools…
St. Paul mom charged with murder in drowning of 6-year-old daughter

St. Paul mom charged with murder in drowning of 6-year-old daughter

Woman said she heard voices from TV saying “Save the child” before allegedly killing the 6-year-old girl.

Little Canada man gets workhouse sentence for fatal shove

Judge decides against prison time for Michael Merten, citing violent history of the deceased.

School briefs: South Washington County seeks help with budget plan

The South Washington County School District is taking suggestions on possible budget fixes that could total as much as $8 million for the 2015-16 school…
St. Paul's Silva in line for bonus after satisfactory eval

St. Paul's Silva in line for bonus after satisfactory eval

The St. Paul schools chief is in line for a bonus following her job review, and her contract will be renewed after a challenging year.
School briefs: Teachers from Stillwater, White Bear Lake schools join elite group

School briefs: Teachers from Stillwater, White Bear Lake schools join elite group

Three teachers recently completed the rigorous process of becoming national board certified teachers. For Andrea Schueler, a longtime Spanish teacher for the Stillwater Area Public…
Students rally in Minneapolis against police brutality

Students rally in Minneapolis against police brutality

In a demonstration organized by teens from Minneapolis high schools, about 150 people marched, delivered remarks and read poems exploring injustice and hope.
Property taxes rising again on the home front

Property taxes rising again on the home front

Home values are rising, and so is the owners’ share of the tax burden.

School briefs: District veteran to serve as interim principal at East Ridge High

The South Washington County School District has tapped a veteran school leader to serve as interim principal at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Molly…

School briefs: 'A' stands for art in Stillwater district's STEAM programming

For the first time in more than a decade, Stillwater area elementary students are participating in weekly art classes this school year. The classes, made…
St. Paul school bus initiative targets rowdy riders — and their parents

St. Paul school bus initiative targets rowdy riders — and their parents

School day begins at the bus stop, under program that offers an alternative to suspensions.
Families plead for suspect’s return

Families plead for suspect’s return

St. Paul shooting suspect Alfredo Gutierrez-Gonzales is still at large. Friends at school mourn Jacob MacKenzie.

Thinking of stealing an iPad? Don't bother, St. Paul school officials say

St. Paul tightens security as it hands out thousands of devices.

School briefs: Stillwater High to offer varsity letters for community service

At Stillwater Area High School, the letter jacket is not just for sports anymore, but for potentially richer social endeavors, too. Beginning this school year,…
Nice Ride Minnesota rides out a successful year

Nice Ride Minnesota rides out a successful year

Ridership was up by more than 30 percent during 2014.

Districts eye Valley Crossing as possible answer to school needs

Officials eye collaborative, tri-district school as a possible answer to local school needs.

School briefs: South Washington County officials eye sweeping facilities plan

Nearly a decade after backing what was described at the time as the state’s largest-ever school bond issue, voters in the South Washington County School…

Familiar arguments fuel Mahtomedi levy debate

Citizens group now aims to turn around district’s ballot fortunes.
Bayport BBQ celebrates 4th anniversary, ponders the future

Bayport BBQ celebrates 4th anniversary, ponders the future

Bayport BBQ, the deep blues juke joint not far from the St. Croix River, is in the midst of its four-year anniversary celebration, and true…

St. Paul schools to keep same start times in 2015-16

Divided board backs superintendent’s recommendation to put off any sweeping changes.
St. Paul schools turn to private staffing firm for substitute teachers

St. Paul schools turn to private staffing firm for substitute teachers

Move in St. Paul is met with positive and negative reviews.
Proposal to delay St. Paul school start time changes gets chilly reception

Proposal to delay St. Paul school start time changes gets chilly reception

Superintendent pushes back against school board’s plan to shift schedules next year.
Aug. 23: St. Paul schools embrace iPad era

Aug. 23: St. Paul schools embrace iPad era

The St. Paul School District will roll out an iPad initiative this fall that is the largest ever for a state school system — and as the label on the back of each device makes clear, many people have a stake in it. “Provided by taxpayers of St. Paul for students of St. Paul public schools,” the tag reads.
June 24: St. Paul School District approves iPads for everyone

June 24: St. Paul School District approves iPads for everyone

The aim is to give devices to all, regardless of finances. First year of plan will cost $5.72 million.

May 30: St. Paul schools to put iPads in hands of all students

District pulled the plug on failed technology platform.
Vikings defensive lineman Johnson arrested

Vikings defensive lineman Johnson arrested

Reserve lineman Tom Johnson was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Property taxes on the rise for most in St. Paul

Shifts in tax burden and a rebound in housing values will make it “an interesting year” for homeowners.

Prospects for school start time changes in St. Paul dim, for now

Parental concerns, partnership possibilities with Metro Transit open door to further study.
ND State student from Sartell missing since Saturday

ND State student from Sartell missing since Saturday

North Dakota State University officials are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing student from Sartell, Minn. Thomas G. Bearson, 18, a first-year student,…
St. Paul school comes together to build adapted playground

St. Paul school comes together to build adapted playground

Bonds are tight at Bridge View School in St. Paul, which will be evident as the community unites to create an adaptive play area.

County students surpass state peers again in 2014 test results

Trends have familiar look, as well, data shows.
Bayport BBQ right up Memphis musician's alley

Bayport BBQ right up Memphis musician's alley

John Paul Keith is passionate about his city’s rich heritage — and good barbecue
Bayport BBQ caters to special tastes

Bayport BBQ caters to special tastes

Not your daddy’s blues at St. Croix River area barbecue joint.
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