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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
A $2 million donation will help nonprofit Think Small improve child care options for Minnesota’s littlest learners.

$2M donation from MacKenzie Scott to benefit child care in Minnesota

Little Canada-based nonprofit Think Small will use the money to work to improve child care options.
St. Paul Public Schools recently notified students’ families of a data breach.

St. Paul Public Schools notifies students about winter data breach

Names and email addresses may have been accessed, the district says.
Toshira Garraway spoke Thursday at the Capitol along with those pushing back on rolling back a law that bars school resource officers from employing c

Minnesota education activists, DFLers argue ban on student restraints needs to stay

Minnesota Republicans have called for a special session to repeal the measure that prompted several law enforcement agencies to pull out of schools.
Students ate breakfast and colored in Keng Xiong’s third-grade class on the first day of school Tuesday at the new East African Elementary Magnet Sc

St. Paul's new East African Elementary Magnet offers cultural lessons to attract families

The community helped recruitment efforts for the school, which is part of the district's strategy to counter declining enrollment.
Location safety manager Courtney Smith, left, worked with an experienced driver on procedures for a new bus with new safety technology Thursday in Bro

School bus routes bounce back, but drivers are still in demand across Minnesota

School districts and contractors say raises and bonuses were key to driver recruitment and retention.
Students Isla Alwine, left, and Eli Obazeluwa played at the soap station in the class of 2-year-olds at Primrose School in Champlin Park. The school h

Minnesota's tiniest learners will get lift with new state-funded scholarships

State-funded scholarships commonly associated with 4-year-old preschoolers are being expanded to give more low-income infants and toddlers access to richer, more consistent programming.
St. Paul School Board Member Jeanelle Foster voted in favor of the administrators’ pay raise and said it was the first step in reviewing the distric

St. Paul schools give district leaders 6% pay raise

The school board raised pay for district administrators by 6% after a broader compensation study.
Brooklyn Park shooting victim identified

Brooklyn Park shooting victim identified

An adult suspect was arrested for the death Friday night.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard speaks at a press conference announcing the launch in September of an East African elementary magne

Teachers, aides needed across state as school year approaches

The shortage of educators in Minnesota is significant, a statewide survey shows.
St. Paul Schools pre-K teacher Deana Moore works with her class at Global Arts Plus Lower Campus Tuesday in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools want every student they can get, and hunt begins in preschool

The district will join forces with Head Start to offer more preschool classes.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard — seen speaking at a news conference in May — ranks among the nation’s longest-serving urban

St. Paul schools chief gets lower grade for 2022-23

Joe Gothard acknowledged he'd fallen short on advancing the district's equity plan.
St. Paul’s American Indian Magnet School’s Thomas Draskovic, left, works with the school’s drum group, “Many Nations of People.” As a teache

St. Paul schools face challenge of delivering 'well-rounded education' to all

Half of the district's elementary schools didn't meet that goal in 2022-23, even after merging campuses.
Anthony Tabura, at his new job at SRF Consulting in St. Paul on Friday. Tabura, a recent graduate of the U, is working to pay off $27,000 of student l

Minnesotans re-evaluate finances after student loan relief rejected

The Supreme Court ruling on the Biden administration plan came a couple of months before borrowers are set to resume payments that had been paused during the pandemic.
University of Minnesota officials say they will be looking closely at the Supreme Court’s ruling and how it could affect their “holistic” admiss

Supreme Court says considering race in college admissions is unconstitutional

Minnesota colleges had been bracing for the ruling on affirmative action and emphasizing their commitment to diversity on campus.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard spoke at a news conference last month announcing the launch of the East African Elementary Magnet S

St. Paul Public Schools budget tops $1 billion

The budget includes special education staff hired with help of bonuses and the return of yellow school buses for two high schools.
Chauntyll Allen is among four St. Paul school board candidates who won DFL endorsement on Sunday. She is seeking re-election to a second term.

Four St. Paul school board candidates get DFL's endorsement

Incumbent Chauntyll Allen backed for second term.
Students at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus could see a 3.5% tuition increase next year.

U students face new round of tuition hikes

The university budget proposal for Twin Cities and Rochester campuses includes 3.5 % increases.
Jeff Ettinger, a former DFL congressional candidate who previously worked as CEO of Hormel Foods, will become interim president of the University of M

Interim University of Minnesota President Jeff Ettinger to take over June 10

Regents approved his employment agreement Friday, including several measures to avoid conflicts of interest.
Former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger, who has been picked to serve as interim president of the University of Minnesota, talks with outgoing President Joan

U regents to meet to finalize details of presidential transition

Current President Joan Gabel is leaving to take another job. Former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger will serve as interim president.
Maximus Katsoulis, 14, from Blackduck, Minn., competed in National Spelling Bee on Tuesday, May 30, in Oxon Hill, Md.

Final Minnesota competitor exits in fifth round of National Spelling Bee

Eighth-grader Maximus Katsoulis was the last Minnesota student remaining in the competition after four others made mistakes in earlier rounds.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard spoke at a news conference announcing the launch of the new East African Elementary Magnet School o

St. Paul schools get $52M boost from state, still face budget gap

The state's second-largest district is projected to still come up short on the budget front, requiring it to use rainy-day funds to fill a looming deficit.
Members of the St. Paul school board listened as residents addressed them about school safety in the district in February.

St. Paul surveys reveal student, staff concerns about school safety

The school board heard a summary of survey results and conversations with unnamed staff, students and families around safety issues.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard spoke at a news conference announcing the launch of the East African Elementary Magnet School Tuesd

St. Paul's new East African elementary school gets community's blessing

The magnet school will open in the fall.
Mark Lodge

Mark Lodge, high school hockey archivist who officiated 6,000-plus games, dies at 70

History of St. Paul's Johnson High School was a passion.
Two Minnesota students are among the 161 U.S. Presidential scholars announced Wednesday.

Minnesota's U.S. Presidential Scholars named

Two Maple Grove students are among 161 honored nationwide.
St. Paul’s East African Magnet Elementary School will move into the former Jackson Elementary building in the city’s Frogtown neighborhood.

East African-focused elementary school to open in St. Paul this fall

Frogtown area school to be districtwide magnet.
Law enforcement officers saluted as Deputy Kaitie Leising’s body was carried into a Baldwin, Wis., funeral home Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff's deputy shot and killed in western Wisconsin

It's the third death of a law enforcement officer in western Wisconsin in a month.
Lunch monitor Marqueta Henderson checked in on the kids eating their bison nachos at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul on Monday.

What's for lunch? St. Paul schools serve up bison nachos

The special meal was dished up districtwide Monday, but carried extra significance in American Indian Magnet School's renovated cafeteria.
Tonjanita Johnson, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Alabama System, and Scott Olson, president of Winona S

Minnesota State system names two chancellor finalists

The next chancellor will take over for Devinder Malhotra, who will retire from the college system in August.
Students at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet in St. Paul listened as Gia Vang, former KARE-11 news anchor, read to students in March.

St. Paul Hmong language schools to get new name

Txuj Ci HMong Language and Culture will be the new name for Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet, an elementary school, and Hmong Language and Culture Middle School.
Teacher Lucinda Stelle worked with a group of first-graders on their reading skills at Benjamin E. Mays School in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools are getting $319 million in pandemic relief; here's how they're spending some of it

The funding for all kinds of things, including academic recovery, is set to expire in September 2024.
Students made their way back to Harding High School in St. Paul on Friday.

St. Paul students return to Harding High after fatal stabbing

Educators demand action on safety concerns.
Daniel Harshman was a St. Paul police officer who enjoyed riding horses and Harleys.

Daniel Harshman, a St. Paul police sergeant who loved to ride, dies at 76

The former leader of the city's Mounted Patrol unit had an affinity for horses and Harleys.
Bounthavy Kiatoukaysy of St. Paul Public Schools has been recognized by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.

St. Paul teacher honored for work with Hmong language

Educator's career spans more than 30 years.
The snow storm made for a topsy-turvy week for many Minnesota students who had been scheduled to return to class after winter break.

Minnesota parents again cope with distance learning, wistful for snow days

Many school districts called for second day of learning from home on Thursday.
Kalid Ali, who graduated from St. Paul’s Como Park Senior High in 2021, was part of the last cohort of the district’s Student Engagement and Advan

St. Paul Public Schools to try again to give voice to students

Consultants to help develop new engagement model after the Student Engagement and Advancement Board (SEAB) fell dormant.
State Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, talked with students at Johnson Senior High School after speaking to an ethnic studies class in early Decemb

St. Paul schools require ethnic studies ahead of statewide push

Critical ethnic studies is now a graduation requirement for the class of 2025 in St. Paul Public Schools. Johnson High's principal hopes it creates more leaders.
Russell “Russ” Moore

Russell 'Russ' Moore, who shined on drums and as union leader, dies at 94

Moore's son said he never had to work a "straight job" outside music to support his wife and three children.
St. Paul Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard said proposed changes to the school calendar to recognize Eid and Jewish high holy days make it more i

St. Paul Public Schools add Eid al-Fitr, Jewish high holy days to school calendars

The changes to make the calendar more inclusive will come in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.
Teacher and school co-founder Veronica Vital, center, works with student Adelaide Marisk,a right, with math as Wellsley Guggenheimer, left, works on d

Montessori microschools pop up in Minnesota, with plans for more to serve diverse students

The schools, part of a national network called Wildflower, are hoping to bring more teachers and students of color to the programs.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard shook the hand of 4-year-old Benjamin Ramstad after speaking to Benjamin and his mother, Jessica, b

St. Paul school board OKs new contract, $16,000 raise for Superintendent Gothard

He agrees to another three years on the job, making him one of the district's longest serving in a generation.
Marie Schrul

Marie Schrul, former St. Paul schools finance chief, heads to Stillwater school district

Marie Schrul, whose ousting drew criticism, begins work Monday.
Minnesota voters approved most school spending measures on the ballot Tuesday.

Minnesota school district voters approve most spending measures, elect board members

Minnesota Parents Alliance, which had endorsed conservative candidates in several school board races, saw mixed results.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard said the staffing shortages facing school districts nationwide need long-term solutions.

St. Paul schools using federal dollars to boost hiring efforts

District is taking a more aggressive approach to recruitment, especially in its search for teachers of color.
Humboldt High School support liaison Porshay Poe meets with students in the hallway as they make their way to class in St. Paul on Wednesday.

In third year without police in schools, St. Paul deepens new approaches to safety

As the number of school support liaisons has increased, the district has cut back on contract security guards.
Northfield schools Superintendent Matt Hillmann was named 2023 Minnesota Superintendent of the year.

Northfield schools superintendent notches top honor

Matt Hillmann named Minnesota's superintendent of the year.
Roger Moe, chair of the Minnesota State board of trustees, seen in 2016.

Minnesota State pledges tuition freeze with bid for $350 million state funding increase

The biggest part of the package would be a request for $125 million to help steady budgets amid inflationary increases.
American Indian Magnet School teacher Thomas Draskovic, center, shares a light moment with seventh-grader Davion Williams, right, during practice with

St. Paul's American Indian Magnet School hosts many cultures

Most students at the East Side school are non-Native.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard was pleased with a steady rise in enrollment numbers in September.

St. Paul schools chief sees signs of stability as decline in enrollment slows

The district recently closed and restructured several schools.
A new mural at Washington Technology Magnet School, formerly Arlington High, shows Marny Xiong, the late St. Paul school board chair who died of COVID

Marny Xiong Memorial Library dedicated at St. Paul school

Arlington High grad rose to become St. Paul School Board chair before early death.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard spoke at a news conference Thursday about measures that district has taken to create safe and suppo

Minnesota to receive federal funds to make schools safer

Recent steps taken by St. Paul schools earned praise in a news conference.
St. Paul taxpayers could see big increases in their bills this year, based on proposals discussed at a joint committee Wednesday.

Homeowners in St. Paul will see hefty property tax hikes

The owner of the city's $266,300 median-valued home could see the tax bill rise by $506, or 14.8%, under levy proposals and other factors in play this year.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard decided last week to replace the district’s finance chief.

St. Paul school board OKs hiring of new district finance chief

Mankato official to replace administrator who was let go last week.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard fired the district’s finance chief, Marie Schrul, this week.

St. Paul Public Schools finance chief ousted by superintendent

Marie Schrul had been district since 1998 and won praise from parents.
The University of Minnesota now receives $689 million from the state, and the funding request would add $80 million in the 2023-24 academic year and $

University of Minnesota to ask Legislature for 15% boost in aid

The request would help cover inflationary costs, additional safety measures and financial aid for students.
Gideon Pond Elementary Principal Salma Hussein, who’s beginning her first year as principal, greeted a student with a high-five as she visited each

Minnesota students return in hopes of a more normal school year

It's the first day of school for most Minnesota students, and families and educators alike say they're hopeful for a year devoid of the disruptions that permeated classrooms since the onset of the pandemic.
Humboldt Secondary Principal Valerie Littles-Butler spoke from the St. Paul school’s cafeteria Friday at an event where staff learned the school rec

St. Paul, Minneapolis schools get boost from Cargill Foundation

Each school in the districts received a $10,000 grant.
Leonard Young, with Next Level Barbershop, cuts the hair of Rashad Isaak, 5, of St. Paul, Tuesday, during the “Barbers and Backpacks” giveaway eve

Free haircuts, school supplies prepare Minnesota kids to return to class

Hundreds turned out for an event in St. Paul, where police distributed backpacks and supplies to residents.
Annora Harralson, 5, and her mother, Nikki Farago, participated in a welcome smudge before American Indian awareness activities at the Davis Center in

St. Paul schools to allow Native American smudging ritual

The district joins Duluth in supporting cultural practice.
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Suni Lee hugged Mary Romoser, her grade school science teacher, at her alma mater, Battle Creek Elementary School, Thursday

Lee returns to St. Paul determined to inspire anew

Olympic gold-medal gymnast Suni Lee renews ties to Battle Creek Elementary, where there were reminders of her first displays of athletic prowess.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard earned high marks in his latest job review and is expected to receive a new contract.

St. Paul Public Schools superintendent in line for new contract

Joe Gothard received high marks in his annual job review.
An electric school bus rolls into the parking lot at Brooklyn Middle School in the Osseo school district in November 2021. Osseo was one of five distr

St. Paul schools seek to go electric with buses

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications to replace up to 25 vehicles.
St. Paul schools offered federal COVID relief aid to bus drivers and contractors to help with hiring and retention.

St. Paul Public Schools steers federal aid to bus drivers for hiring and retention

The district hopes to increase the number of bus routes it offers this fall.
Jerome Treadwell, who graduated this year from Highland Park High School in St. Paul, spoke in January about the absence of student voices in district

St. Paul schools to bring back student advisory group

Panel had been put on hold in the 2021-22 school year.
St. Paul Public School Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul schools once targeted for closure could see new futures

LEAP High to move and Highwood Hills to focus on technology.
Racist and anti-gay slurs found, erased at Edina tennis courts

Racist and anti-gay slurs found, erased at Edina tennis courts

The school district filed a police report.
Darren Ginther.

Darren Ginther, St. Paul school district administrator, mentor and teammate, dies at 38

Educator headed the office of college and career readiness for St. Paul Public Schools.
Sabela Bazan Sánchez, 3, enjoyed a cheeseburger with fries and milk Wednesday at Phalen Beach in St. Paul, courtesy of a St. Paul Public Schools food

In St. Paul, school food truck serves up hot meals to kids this summer

Students in St. Paul, Minneapolis and other districts receive free lunches.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard said that the district faced a “perfect storm” in preparing next year’s budget.

As St. Paul schools keep losing students, teachers union and board members ask: What's the plan?

A meeting next week on the topic follows approval of the leaner 2022-23 budget.
Ramsey Middle School students made their way up a flight of stairs at the St. Paul school in 2015.

St. Paul signs off on a student-driven renaming of middle school

Ramsey Middle School now to be known as Hidden River.
Ojibwe teacher Liz Zoongwegiizhigook Zinsli, photographed in 2019, led students in the Native American practice of smudging. The burning of sage or ot

St. Paul district considers allowing sage-burning ceremonies in schools

New policy would permit Native American practice of smudging.
From left, choir and orchestra students Nevaeh Embaye, Cam Toal, Toshio Miller and Kenzie Finne converse during intermission at South High’s spring

Last dance at South High? Mpls. schools eye cuts to arts programs

District cites declining enrollment, teacher contract costs.
As of this month, St. Pascal Regional Catholic School in St. Paul has new life, thanks to a consortium of schools tailored to urban families in need.

New life for struggling Catholic school on St. Paul's East Side

St. Pascal, the last of the East Side's Catholic grade schools, will join the Ascension Catholic Academy consortium.
Families ate pizza and did crafts during an open house at Hamline Elementary on May 12 in St. Paul. After the decision to close Galtier Community Scho

St. Paul schools fight to keep families amid school closures, continued enrollment slide

Parents received pitches to accept mergers and remain in the district.
Two students from Minnesota have been honored as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Two Minnesota students honored as U.S. Presidential Scholars

The award recognizes 161 students nationwide.