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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
Football players stretched out during practice Sept. 28 at Humboldt High School in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools dialing back in-person programs as COVID-19 cases rise

The move follows similar calls in Minneapolis, Anoka-Hennepin districts.

St. Paul high schoolers struggling so far in distance learning

The district aims to boost support with weekend in -person tutoring.
Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, pictured in 2018.

Minneapolis schools dial back reopening plans

Citing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases across the city, Minneapolis Public Schools has decided to suspend after-school tutoring and other in-person services now being…
An elementary school named for Justice Alan Page is under construction in Maplewood. In this photo, Page high-fived students in 2017 at Justice Page M

New Maplewood school to be named after retired Justice Alan Page

New elementary will be second school named for retired justice.
A rally was held ahead of an Aug. 24 school board meeting at Sandburg Education Center in Anoka by members of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota.

Lawsuit alleges Anoka-Hennepin School District subsidizes union activities

They say taxpayer money is used for political work.
St. Paul educators and supporters converged with their Minneapolis counterparts in Minneapolis off the Lake Street-Marshall Bridge for a rally in late

St. Paul teachers, district negotiate in pandemic as Mpls. teachers fume

They're working on plan for next stage of reopening on Jan. 19, at the earliest.
The members of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota held a rally ahead of an August school board meeting at Sandburg Education Center in Anoka.

Minnesota teachers at 'breaking point' over pandemic stress

Teachers across Minnesota are frazzled trying to navigate pandemic-related combinations of in-person and online instruction — so much so that nearly one-third responding to a recent statewide survey said they were thinking of quitting.
St Paul. teachers from SPFE Local 28 picketed in March outside Adams Elementary.

St. Paul school board hopefuls discuss positions on teachers' strike

Teachers walked picket lines before the pandemic.
Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, Qorsho Hassan, said that teachers of color have a favorable impact on students of color — all students, she added

Pandemic adds to challenge of diversifying Twin Cities teaching ranks

A pandemic and the racial reckoning stemming from the death of George Floyd are fueling apprehension and concern among Twin Cities area teachers of color.…
Sun Ray Library in St Paul reopened on a limited basis in early September. The City Council members said they would stick with a 0% increase in the ci

St. Paul homeowners will see relief from big hikes in 2021

Final action on levy plans will come later this year.
In a lawsuit filed in 2019, the group Gender Justice and the local ACLU say Anoka-Hennepin school leaders violated the state constitution’s right to

Appeals court rules against Anoka-Hennepin schools in transgender bias case

Anoka-Hennepin School District had kept him from using boys' locker room.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul's schools chief praised in job review

Superintendent received raise in his new contract.
Brian Kopperud

Brian Kopperud, compassionate corrections official, dies at 61

For decades, he was an official who talked about and practiced the principles of racial equity.
Michael Schulze prepared several iPads to be deployed to students in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools spell out how to get kids back in class

District leaders develop criteria to meet before a return to partial in-person instruction.
Paul Hendricks, 10, received some guidance from his mother Anne, as he worked his first day of 5th-grade from his bedroom, Tuesday, September 8, 2020

For one family, distance learning passes early test in St. Paul

The superintendent has promised families an improved "Distance Learning 2.0" with more live instruction than they'd seen in the spring.
Hopkins Schools Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, shown in 2018 in an elementary school classroom.

Hopkins school board agrees to pull officer from high school

Action will come when contract expires Dec. 31.
The Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts voted in June to end their contracts with local police departments. Now the debate moves to the suburbs.

Hopkins district weighs removing police from schools

School board will vote Tuesday on cutting cops.
Teachers and supporters gathered to protest the hybrid teaching return to school this fall because they feel it is not safe especially for students an

Suburban teachers challenge return to Minn. classrooms

Actions put focus on safety risks in hybrid plans
St. Paul school board Chairwoman Marny Xiong, seen at an event in 2017, died June 7 of COVID-19.

St. Paul school board seat draws six hopefuls

Candidates aim to fill final year of late chairwoman's term.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, pictured at a news conference in 2018, said that he did not believe the district was ready to reop

St. Paul school board approves remote learning plan

Most urban districts going virtual this school year.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, pictured at a news conference in 2018, is recommending the district begin the year with distance l

St. Paul schools eye starting year with distance learning

Superintendent wants to move to hybrid instruction, but district isn't ready this fall.
Tiffany Dittrich, a longtime White Bear Lake Area High School teacher, emphasized that school facilities don’t have the physical space to properly s

More Minnesota teachers favor distance learning this fall, survey shows

A full return has the backing of just one in five educators, according to Education Minnesota, the state's teachers union. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to weigh in with state guidance next Thursday.
Theon Jarrett and Don West of Intermediate District 287. The cooperative serving about 1,000 high-needs kids in Hennepin County is reporting success a

Minnesota school district sees benefits to life after cops in schools

Arrests down in system that serves high-needs kids.

St. Paul schools offer virtual enrichment program

Goal is to keep kids sharp during the summer.
School board member Marny Xiong, seen at an event in 2017, died June 7 of COVID-19.

St. Paul school board moves on two tracks to fill vacancy

Election to be held Nov. 3, preceded by appointment.
File photo: St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard.

St. Paul Public Schools adopts $822 million budget

Spending plan will remain fluid due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Central High School in St. Paul

St. Paul school board votes to remove cops from schools

Action followed a similar move in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis police officer and school resource officer Drea Leal made her rounds in the hallways of Roosevelt High on Jan. 18, 2019. The district term

Floyd death reignites debate over police role in Minnesota schools

After the Minneapolis Public Schools ended its contract with the city's police department, districts from St. Paul to Duluth are hearing calls to take similar steps.
Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha

Robbinsdale schools urged to shore up finances, practices

State auditor probed 17 areas at the request of citizens and found no evidence of wrongdoing.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, seen in 2018, has formed a planning team that is looking at issues like school access and scheduli

Fall outlook for Minnesota's K-12 schools still hazy

Districts are working on three scenarios amid fluid nature of the pandemic.
Julez Wagner was photographed in St. Louis Park, Minn., on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. This week she graduated high school from BlueSky Online where she

Minnesota's online schools attract interest amid pandemic

State concerned about online charter schools' math scores.
A Minneapolis police officer and school resource officer does rounds in the hallways Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at Minneapolis Roosevelt High, in Minneapol

Minneapolis schools urged to break contract with police

School board member takes police to task in proposal.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker speaks in April, with Gov. Tim Walz listening.

Walz gives Minnesota schools flexibility on summer learning

Governor says he's "slowly turning the dial" to allow mix of distance education and in-school classes.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul school renovation wins final approval

The action involved awarding a series of contracts — 23 altogether — reflecting closer board scrutiny of a districtwide facilities improvement plan.
Tawnya Heino held up her son, Michael Zakrajshek's, phone so he could have a Zoom call with his teacher at the end of their driveway in Chisholm, Minn

Minnesota parents, educators stress need to maintain personal connection with students

A Star Tribune survey of parents shows that the more frequent the live video sessions between staff and students, the greater their satisfaction with their children's learning.
Scott Melter

Scott Melter, a hardcore Vikings fan and proud grandfather, dies of COVID-19 at 60

  As devoted fans on opposite sides of the Vikings-Packers rivalry, Scott Melter and Ken Larson gave each other plenty of ribbing over the years.…
St. Paul teachers picketed outside Adams Elementary in March. Their new contract was approved Wednesday.

St. Paul school board approves new teacher contract

Superintendent says deal will require personnel moves.
Thor Nordwall in 2008

Thor Nordwall, caddie at center of golf mystery, dies at 98

Nordwall, who died March 4 at age 98, was a caddie at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood when tapped in 1939 to carry the bag for Gene Sarazen at the St. Paul Open.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, shown in February, Seated next to him was Marny Xiong, Board of Education Chair

St. Paul schools start distance learning, eye 2020-21 budget

The district is aiming to make limited new investments.

10 in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Ten finalists have been named to be the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.But the annual banquet announcing this year's honoree — initially scheduled for…
Harambee Elementary Principal Delon Smith looked on as student Nyaire Kirkwood, 9, checked out her Chromebook.

Transition to distance learning is mostly smooth, local schools say

The need to get the shift right for students became more apparent as the week progressed: Gov. Tim Walz said chances are "relatively slim" that students will be returning to classrooms this school year.
Educators posed for a photo at Central High School in St. Paul on March 13 after a strike resolution was passed.

St. Paul educators ratify contract that ended three-day strike

Deal includes $4.7 million to hire additional mental health support staff.
Educators posed for a photo at Central High School in St. Paul on Friday after a strike resolution was passed.

St. Paul teachers reach settlement, end 3-day strike; kids out of school until Monday

Staffers reported at 1 p.m., and students are scheduled to return Monday.
Demonstrators gather at the Global Arts Plus Upper Campus in St. Paul before marching to district headquarters Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

St. Paul's teachers, school district return to bargaining table; no class Friday

Mediator brought the two sides together, union says.
Khadija Abukar, holding a sign at center, a special education teacher at Maxfield Elementary School, waved to passing cars on the Victoria Street brid

St. Paul schools, teachers will resume talks on third day of strike

A spokesman said the district is preparing a new offer to present early Thursday
Teachers belonging to St. Paul Federation of Educators Local 28 picketed Tuesday morning outside Adams Elementary in St. Paul. It is a Spanish immersi

St. Paul schools remain closed today after teachers go on strike

It's not yet known when talks will resume. The district's preparing seven sites for use by elementary students from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, according to Superintendent Joe Gothard.
Music teacher Mackenzie Henson held a sign as she and fellow members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators picketed before school at Adams Spanish I

St. Paul teachers strike; no classes today

St. Paul Public Schools classes are canceled today because of a teachers strike, the school district said early Tuesday morning. The district notified parents via Twitter at 3:30 a.m. The St. Paul Federation of Educators said in its own tweet that it would begin picketing at 7 a.m.
Music teacher Mackenzie Henson held a sign as she and fellow members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators picketed before school last month at Adam

Student mental health the focus of St. Paul district, teachers union talks

As strike date nears, teachers push for support teams and the district cites the $30 million cost.
Second-grade teacher Jeny Dohrer held a sign as she and fellow members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators braved the cold while they picketed bef

St. Paul teachers set strike date of March 10; talks resume Friday

The teachers union shared the plan with members before informational picketing Wednesday; superintendent "extremely disappointed" by union's latest move.
Students at the American Indian Magnet School held an indoor parade on Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 8, 2018. Last week, St. Paul school board approv

St. Paul's American Indian Magnet School gets go-ahead for $53M renovation

Board heeds community wishes instead of new construction.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard left, and SPFE President Nick Faber talked outside of Hamline Elementary School in June.

St. Paul teachers and support staffers authorize strike: 'Educators are fed up'

The vote followed a mediation session during which the union reported "no significant movement" on priorities that have included the establishment of mental health teams in every building and increased supports for multilingual families.
Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers wore their signature red shirts and held signs during a public comment period in October 2017.

St. Paul teachers will vote Feb. 20 on strike authorization

The two sides remain in mediation, but the union has been frustrated with the pace of talks. It has cited as its top priority the establishment of mental health teams in every building.
Charlie Lee held his 4-year-old daughter Nellie as he recorded his fourth-grader, Niyah, on Monday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul's Galtier Community Elementar

St. Paul schools host events to welcome black parents

Latrice Maggitt settled into a second-row seat as students at Galtier Community School in St. Paul prepared on Monday to re-enact a protest that proved…
In 2008, David Jennings, then the superintendent of what now is the Eastern Carver County Schools, wrote to state Education Commissioner Alice Seagren

Minnetonka schools vow to change kindergarten practices

Minnetonka students were being held back — by their parents' choice.
Suzanne Rivera

Macalester College names first female and Latinx president

Suzanne Rivera will be Macalester's first female and Latino leader.
St. Paul teachers union head Nick Faber, seen at a 2017 rally, said members are frustrated with the pace of talks with district officials.

St. Paul teachers to rally with aim of speeding up contract talks

St. Paul district says contract proposals are too expensive as written.
Kelly Holstine, 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Former state teacher of year takes a knee at college football title game

Kelly Holstine said given the platform, it had to be done.
Retired Justice Alan Page, center, and Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari, right, at Monday’s forum.

'Right to education' amendment draws unusual partners

Business, community leaders agree to 'disruptive conversation' on state's achievement gap
Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Ed Graff

Minneapolis schools prepping strategic plan release

Emotions high as many school boundary changes could relocate students.

St. Paul schools moving to hire student-friendly security staffers

School district will hire civilian workers trained to de-escalate conflicts among kids.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, left, said Bill Wilson, former council member and council president, spent his life in service to others and paved the w

St. Paul's Bill Wilson, civil rights activist and educator, dies at 79

As St. Paul’s first black City Council member, Bill Wilson lived and preached the message of racial equality, and for years he was a fixture…
Third-graders at St. Paul's American Indian Magnet School held posters of people they picked for empowering others and marched through the hallways on

St. Paul schools officials tighten building approvals

Decisions soon on American Indian Magnet, other work in the district
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff, left, and his St. Paul counterpart Joe Gothard.

Minneapolis, St. Paul schools struggle to keep kids

The districts consider strategies to stem enrollment decline.

Student numbers continue to slide at St. Paul Public Schools

Enrollment woes continue for the St. Paul Public Schools, with a 948-student drop in the all-important category of those who generate state revenue.Figures presented to…
In 2016, Cortez Hull, a school resource officer (SRO) at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, interacted with students at the end of the school the

St. Paul school board to vote on new contract for school resource officers

Board takes up contract as it looks at broader duties for resource officers.
A past Truth in Taxation statement of a St. Paul resident.

Property taxes set to rise for most, but some jurisdictions trim hikes

Home values are going up, and levies are taking effect, but some municipalities have tried to minimize the increases for 2020.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul teacher contract talks headed to mediation

Union leads push for another round of private negotiations.
A four-story addition to American Indian Magnet School is one of two projects that could get a green light from the St. Paul School Board. Above, seco

East Side elementaries top pared-down list for St. Paul school overhauls

With falling enrollment, board to scrutinize list of renovations.
State Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker will meet with Minnetonka’s superintendent about the district's enrollment policies.

Minnetonka schools' open enrollment under state scrutiny

State action comes after receiving evidence showing the district accepts nonresident students on a first-come, first-served basis, and without conducting lotteries.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Joe Gothard congratulated a member of the Central High School soccer team on Tuesday night.

St. Paul school board OKs new contract for Superintendent Joe Gothard

The vote puts him at the helm of the state's second-largest district for another three years — and with an $8,000 pay raise in the first year.
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Richfield school lunch-shaming spurs new call for state fix

The lunches were tossed because the students owed $15 or more, but the action was quickly halted when administrators became aware of the situation.
Zuki Ellis. shown at her swearing-in in 2016.

St. Paul group steps up fight against new charter schools

District board chairwoman signs onto the campaign seeking moratorium.
Students in Eden Prairie walked to board a school bus nicknamed "the secret bus," to attend class in the Minnetonka district in 2017.

Incumbents win in divisive Minnetonka school board race

The 11-candidate race focused on open enrollment was in contrast to 2015, when voters backed new funding for schools and four seats drew only four hopefuls.
In 2017, students in Eden Prairie walked to board a school bus nicknamed "the secret bus" to take them to class in the Minnetonka district.

Minnetonka school board race reveals divide over open enrollment

A crowded field for the first time includes challengers determined to rein in the district's aggressive use of open enrollment to attract students.

Competitive field vying for St. Paul school board seats

Two front-runners confront challenges as Election Day approaches.