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Anthony Lonetree

Reporter | St. Paul education
Phone: 612-673-4109

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.

St. Paul school leaders to receive pay increases

A stripped-down proposal to raise the pay of St. Paul school district leaders won the unanimous approval of school board members Tuesday night.The board…
The student’s mother spoke during a press conference in 2019 when the lawsuit was filed. brian.peterson@startribune.com

Anoka-Hennepin schools settle transgender bias case over student locker-room access

The settlement includes a financial award and policy changes, according to district, student's attorneys.
A group dashed across the street outside the Cathedral of St. Paul during a major winter storm in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools bid farewell to snow days

Students will be expected to fire up iPads at home.
This file photo shows a school bus outside the Minnesota State Capitol in February 2020. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Audit: Program to diversify state's teachers lacks reliable data

Most who graduated after getting funding became teachers, however.
Shad Williams, a second grade teacher at the School of Engineering and Arts, talked with one of his students as they worked through a lesson. ANTHONY

Minnesota seeks to grow a scarce resource: Black men teaching in grade schools

One of the efforts underway focuses on hiring more Black men as elementary teachers.
Steve Marchese

St. Paul school district seeks applicants for vacant board seat

Member Steve Marchese steps down to take job in Seattle.
Jerold “Jerry” Raskin (Photo submitted by family)

Jerold 'Jerry' Raskin, 'Needle Doctor' to world's vinyl enthusiasts, dies at 62

Vinyl has long been the chosen medium for music lovers drawn to its warm sound, and throughout its rise and fall and rise again, they…
Catch of the day: David Waggonner, left, and his friend Tim Rasmussen spent the weekend ice fishing on Lake Independence in Maple Plain. It was 13 bel

Dangerous windchills settle into Twin Cities area

End of cold stretch nears but not until final frigid kick.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz met with Parkview Center School (K-8) principal Kristen Smith Olson and Roseville district nurse and COVID-19 coordinator

Walz touts Minnesota's approach to getting kids back in school

His visit to a school testing clinic coincided with release of a federal school-reopening strategy.
St. Paul online school gets board approval

St. Paul online school gets board approval

The St. Paul school board on Monday endorsed plans for a new online school to begin operating in the fall.Members voted unanimously to give district…
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard. Provided by the St. Paul School District.

St. Paul district aims to establish online school

High schoolers could begin their virtual studies this fall.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard. Provided by the St. Paul School District.

St. Paul schools refrain from raising leaders' pay - for now

The proposal covers 25 nonunion members of the superintendent's team.
In-person learning returned for kindergarten through second graders at Sonnesyn Elementary School on Tuesday in New Hope. Here, a young student came p

It's really back to school now for state's youngest students

Many elementary schools around the state brought the youngest elementary students back Tuesday, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
Hamza Dirie, 9, a fourth-grader, held a sign out his father’s truck’s window calling to empower school teachers during Tuesday night’s rally.

Minneapolis, St. Paul teachers unions oppose school reopening plans

Union leaders are calling for additional COVID safety precautions.
Minneapolis kindergarten teacher Courtney Cline read from “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae in 2019.

Mpls. elementary schools headed to in-person return for students

The superintendent proposes bringing them back to classrooms beginning in February.
Zeke Jackson, executive director of People for PSEO

Youth-led group aims to raise profile of PSEO college classes for Minnesota high school students

PSEO saves taxpayers money, needs more promotion, they assert.
Joe Antonucci waited in line to prepay his 2018 property tax in Minneapolis in 2017.

Twin Cities metro-area homeowners facing friendlier property-tax outlook

Hennepin and Ramsey counties keeping rates flat due to pandemic; a third of metro cities see decrease.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul schools pin hopes on in-person return as student grades show wide disparities

Nearly half of secondary students failed a class while in distance learning.
Steven Kopperud

Steven Kopperud, agriculture lobbyist and writer, dies at 69

His expertise put him in high demand as a speaker, and he often flew across the country to present an insider's view of Washington.
Seventh-grade students followed instructions online in a home garage in California.

Online schools see surge in new students in Minnesota

There's a waiting list now for the state's largest online charter school.
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.