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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
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.

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.
In 2018, Rick Mickschl, left, and Isaac Stensland inspected work done on an addition at Humboldt High School in St. Paul.

St. Paul school district's facilities report details oversight concerns

It suggests few updates were provided as projects grew in scope, such as with Humboldt High work.
In 2018, Rick Mickschl, left, and Isaac Stensland inspected an addition at Humbolt High School in St. Paul. A makeover of the school initially was exp

St. Paul school district puts hold on building projects

First wave of building renovations came in millions of dollars more than projected.

St. Paul delays after-school programming due to shortage of bus drivers

Class work that was set to begin next Monday now will launch on Oct. 21.
Gov. Tim Walz, left, and actor and fitness trainer Jake Steinfeld chatted with student Yusuf Ali as he tried out E-STEM Middle School’s new fitness

'Every Monday should start like this': East metro school celebrates new $100K fitness center

A video helped their science-focused middle school land a new $100K fitness center. On Monday they celebrated.
"It wasn't a topic that hadn't been addressed before," Steve Marchese, the board's vice chairman, said of the proposal.

St. Paul school board's pay vote raises transparency questions

St. Paul Public Schools officials acknowledge the move should have been better publicized.

St. Paul school board eyes property tax levy increase of up to 5%, raises its pay

District had been awaiting state's number-crunching.
Aaron Benner

Former St. Paul teacher settles retaliation suit against district for $525,000

Aaron Benner said district retaliated against him for criticizing its discipline practices.

St. Paul schools avert $4 million penalty after union delays health insurance switch

The district and union also are in early talks on a new two-year contract.
From left, Abdirizak Alibos high-fived his twin sons, Rayan and Ridwan, before they went to start the second grade in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

A day of firsts marks opening day for Minnesota schools

The emphasis was on the new: New shoes. New start times. New principals. New clothes — even uniforms pulled together at the last minute.
Work continues on a multiyear renovation of Humboldt High School in St. Paul that is expected to wrap up in August 2020. Above, workers inspected an a

Slowdown for external review leaves five St. Paul schools projects on hold

Work continues at Humboldt, Como Park as district awaits external report on facilities plan.
The change in start times mean that high school students will start school at 8:30 a.m. starting this fall in the St. Paul schools. Above, Washington

St. Paul schools flip start times so teenagers can sleep in

Twenty-one elementary schools with nearly 10,000 students will start school an hour earlier to let the big kids occupy their old 8:30 a.m. start-time slot.
Aaron Benner

Former St. Paul teacher can seek punitive damages from district, judge rules

He's suing St. Paul district, alleging retaliation for criticizing discipline plan.
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.

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.