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Anthony Lonetree

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phone: 651-298-1545
Anthony Lonetree covers education in St. Paul and the east metro.
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Crosiers sued for negligence amid sex abuse claims

Suits were filed in Ramsey County by two alleged victims of the former Rev. Gerald Funcheon and others.

School briefs: Stillwater Area High students learn about nutrition

The athletes of Stillwater Area High School are gleaning lessons this summer from a different kind of playbook. The 800-plus students have been meeting with…

House teardowns, complaints draw City Council's attention in St. Paul

City Council sets size limits on new housing in Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland areas in response to residents’ complaints.

Fierce storms top a day of stifling heat, humidity in Minnesota

High winds, hail reported after heat index breaks through 100. Brainerd area was among the places hardest hit.

MCA results tossed out in St. Paul, Cannon Falls after teachers help students

Cannon Falls, St. Paul teachers communicated improperly with students, the state says.

Elementary school boundaries under review in South Washington County's District 833

After taking action on high school boundary changes, the South Washington County School District now is turning its attention to elementary school boundary shifts. Key…

Kayaker, 62, lost on Cloquet River, found shivering, bug-bitten

‘Day trip’ takes chilly turn after Cloquet River kayaker fails to catch up with friends.
Keith Hardy vying again for St. Paul school board

Keith Hardy vying again for St. Paul school board

Incumbent who lacks DFL nod says racial equity work not done.

East metro school briefs: Forest Lake FFA student earns honors

A Forest Lake Area High School student with a passion for agricultural education closed out his high school career in winning fashion. Joe Ramstad, 18,…

Adoptions are on hold at St. Paul Animal Humane Society because of dog flu

The Shar-Pei mix left a shelter in St. Paul without symptoms, but then it quickly fell ill.

St. Paul man charged with sex trafficking and domestic abuse

Suspect took a woman’s child hostage to force cooperation, charges say.
Outspoken St. Paul teacher takes criticism to new heights

Outspoken St. Paul teacher takes criticism to new heights

St. Paul “troublemaker” says district has tried to silence him over his views on suspensions.
St. Paul police sergeant wins 2015 Officer of the Year honor

St. Paul police sergeant wins 2015 Officer of the Year honor

Work with immigrant communities is recognized by state peers.

School briefs: Tartan High wins repeat praise for theater productions

In its recent ratings of spring musical theater productions, Hennepin Theatre Trust judged Tartan High School’s presentation of “9 to 5” as outstanding for both…

School briefs: New superintendent signs on in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District finally has its new superintendent. Christine Osorio, chief academic officer for the neighboring St. Paul Public Schools, has agreed…

St. Paul's school nutrition specialists taking it to the streets with food truck

Supplying healthy fare to kids during summer is aim of new St. Paul school district vehicle.
St. Paul schools bring iPads into the classroom

St. Paul schools bring iPads into the classroom

To get a sense of the iPad’s potential to change teaching and learning in the St. Paul School District, just walk the halls of Mississippi…

School briefs: State honors 9 'scholars of distinction'

Nine area high school students were honored recently as “scholars of distinction” by the Minnesota Department of Education. The awards, presented to 48 students from…

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.
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