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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
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.
Ramsey Middle School in St. Paul is on track to get a new name, pending approval of the school board.

Ramsey Middle School in St. Paul poised for renaming

The community's recommendation is Hidden River Middle School, but the change still has to be considered by the school board.
Cedrick Baker, chief of staff for St. Paul Public Schools, is leaving the district for the McKnight Foundation.

St. Paul schools official takes McKnight Foundation post

Cedrick Baker has been the school district's chief of staff.
Leo Fine

Leo Fine, trumpet player and orchestra leader, dies at 95

St. Louis Park musician touched generations of music lovers.
North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district investigating racist video

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district investigating racist video

The video shows a middle school student using a racial slur.
Kalid Ali, who graduated last year from St. Paul Public Schools and now attends Macalester College, fears his cohort of St. Paul student advocates may

St. Paul school board's student chair sits empty as district retools

District puts student engagement board on hold.
Students at St. Paul’s Central High walked out Tuesday to protest in-person learning, urging the district to go remote in an effort to stop the spre

St. Paul school board votes down shift to distance learning

The vote came after students conducted districtwide walkouts Tuesday.
“With schools having as high as 25% of their staff members out, it is not possible to sustain ordinary, in-person operations for the short term,”

More Twin Cities area schools go to remote learning as virus rises

More Twin Cities area schools are moving to distance learning after outbreaks of COVID-19 spurred high numbers of student absences and staffing shortages.
Educators wary about the return of in-person learning turn up in support of staff members at Maxfield Elementary School in St. Paul in February 2021.

St. Paul schools weigh replacing in-person classes with 'digital learning days'

Up to five days between Feb. 1 and May 31 are in play, according to a survey.
Stickers prohibit students from sitting too close to the bus driver to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a school bus outside Pillsbury Elementar

St. Paul, Mpls. schools still struggle with bus driver shortage

After-school activities have been canceled in Minneapolis, and parents in St. Paul were put on alert they might have to get their kids to and from school.
In this file photo, St. Paul teachers picket outside Adams Spanish Immersion School at the start of what would be a three-day strike in March 2020.

St. Paul schools, teachers back in mediation over new deal

St. Paul Public Schools and its teachers union have entered into mediation over a new two-year contract — the first since a three-day strike that was cut short by the pandemic.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard with the late Marny Xiong, then school board chair, in 2020. This month, he noted how Xiong promise

St. Paul school district makes ethnic studies a graduation requirement

'Critical ethnic studies' course now in pilot stage.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who has spoken about the disproportionate impact of property taxes on low-income families, proposed a 6.9% increase in t

Double-digit property tax increases for Mpls., St. Paul

Homeowners in both cities will see property tax increases of about 10% or more next year. Officials are intensifying efforts to steer many toward the state's property tax refund programs.
Frannie, left, and Luci Howatt played on the playground equipment at Galtier Community School in St. Paul in 2020. The playground is seen as a social

Unhappy St. Paul school parents forced to weigh school choice options

Galtier school community mourns planned closure.
At a November St. Paul school board meeting, Wellstone Elementary supporters held signs to save the school. Wednesday’s vote approved a district con

St. Paul school board OKs mergers, closings under plan

Action follows removal of three contested school-closing proposals.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard listened to testimony during a recent school board hearing.

St. Paul students get two days added to winter break

The district cited stress and challenges of the pandemic as reasons for the longer break.
Advocates for Wellstone Elementary School packed a St. Paul school board meeting on Nov. 11 to fight the North End school’s possible closure.

St. Paul school board aims to spare three schools from closing

The St. Paul school board on Monday night signaled plans to spare three schools from closure as part of a district restructuring plan set for…
Principal Kelly Woods walked through Bethune Arts Magnet in Minneapolis, which welcomed a large number of new students as part of this year’s distri

Minneapolis, St. Paul public schools hit hard by enrollment declines

St. Paul weighs consolidation plan. Minneapolis adjusts to losses after its district redesign.
Entrance to Highland Park High School in St. Paul.

After student walkout, St. Paul Highland Park principal apologizes, vows action

Hundreds protested "sexual assault culture" that included harassment and student assaults.
The entrance to St. Paul’s Highland Park High School, seen in 2015. Hundreds of students walked out of the school on Monday, Nov. 15, over what they

Highland Park students stage walkout over assault, harassment allegations

The walkout and march came a week after a petition surfaced that alleged in part that a Highland Park teacher had "targeted students."
Russell Packard, a special education TA at Wellstone, led concerned parents and faculty members in a song about Wellstone during a St. Paul School Boa

St. Paul schools plan proving to be a tough sell

The prospect of buildings sitting empty strikes a blow against the concept of schools being the heart of the community — a goal advanced in a previous districtwide overhaul.
It was unclear whether St. Paul school board Chair Jeanelle Foster, who has been sidelined by COVID-19, could attend Tuesday. The board is weighing wh

St. Paul Public Schools pushes back consolidation vote

The board is weighing closing and vacating five schools, and halting current programming at others.
Evette Brinkley-Rock, 12, of Minneapolis, got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in early October from nurse Beverly Propes, right, during a vacci

Minnesota schools encourage COVID vaccines for students, don't plan to require them

Minneapolis considers weekly testing for unvaccinated high school athletes.
St. Paul Public Schools will open vaccine clinics for students. This file photo shows a dose of Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. (Joseph Cress/Iowa

St. Paul Public Schools to open student vaccine clinics

St. Paul Public Schools aims to get its youngest students vaccinated against COVID-19, and it is setting up clinics at two elementary sites to help…
Voters chose school board members and considered school district operating levies, among other issues, Tuesday. This file photo shows a voter picking

Suburban school board voters in Minnesota turn away conservative slates

Operating levies won voter support in Stillwater and Shakopee.
Josh Kiley, with the Ramsey County Elections Office, put out a “Vote Here” sign outside the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in St. Paul in 20

Incumbents, young candidates fare well in St. Paul school board election

In a race touched by the late angst of a school-closing proposal, board Chair Jeanelle Foster was holding off a strong challenge from Clayton Howatt.
Conservatives are seeking to flip school board seats in elections next week.

Suburban school board races emerge as partisan battleground

Fervent challenges to pandemic precautions and racial equity policies have turned what are sometimes sleepy off-year elections into partisan battles across Twin Cities suburbs.
St. Paul School Board Chair Jeanelle Foster was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. (Submitted photo)

St. Paul school board chair diagnosed with COVID-19

St. Paul school board Chair Jeanelle Foster has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is recovering at home after being hospitalized Friday, the district announced Monday.Foster,…
Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul.  ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.comBACKGROUND INFORMATION: Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul

St. Paul charter school superintendent to step down after $4.3M hedge fund loss

Move follows $4.3 million hedge fund investment loss.
Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul.  ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.comBACKGROUND INFORMATION: Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul

St. Paul charter school could face legal action over failed investment

Report forwarded to Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
Five St. Paul schools to close, others to merge under district proposal

Five St. Paul schools to close, others to merge under district proposal

Changes would affect every area of the city, official says.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard stands for a portrait at Como Park High School in August. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

St. Paul schools to lay out closings, reorganization plans

The changes would begin taking place in 2022-23.
Belwin Conservancy, home to a herd of bison, is celebrating its 50th year and its partnership with St. Paul schools. Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune • bb

St. Paul Public Schools, Belwin Conservancy mark 50-year partnership

Conservancy to host open house Saturday.
COVID-19 testing is offered at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools enact new COVID-19 protocols

Not good enough, however, parent says.
In this file photo, St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter held a a joint news conference in 2018.  GLEN

St. Paul property taxes could rise sharply in 2022

Taxes on the city's $228,700 median-valued home could rise by $338, or 11%, under their respective tax-levy plans and other factors.
Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul.

St. Paul charter school Hmong College Prep Academy grapples with investment loss

Authorizer recommends that founder be fired.
St. Paul public school Superintendent Joe Gothard stands for a portrait at Como Park High School. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

St. Paul schools to use police for security at after-hours events

Practice to continue after district cut loose its SROs.
Minnesota Dept. of Education Commissioner Heather Mueller spoke to the media during a news conference in May. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startr

Six Minnesota schools earn national 'Blue Ribbon' recognition

The schools were recognized for their overall academic performance or success in closing achievement gaps among student groups.
During distance learning last fall, Michael Schulze prepared several iPads to be deployed to students in the St. Paul district.

4 biggest Minnesota school districts have waiting lists for online learning

Uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19 remain a major driver in parent and student interest.
St. Paul Central High School students made their way to campus by foot, car, or city bus, but not by a yellow school bus, Thursday, September 9, 2021

St. Paul schools begin year with busing challenges, online waiting lists

Driver shortage leaves district with fewer routes.
Twin Cities Academy charter school Special Education Paraprofessional Torrean Shaw and other staffers greeted students back with hugs and high-fives o

Many Minnesota schools begin anew, shadowed by COVID

The state's largest district, Anoka-Hennepin, was among the school systems resuming classes. Many, particularly in metro-area schools, are wearing masks because of school district-imposed mask mandates.
St. Paul public school Superintendent Joe Gothard stands for a portrait at Como Park High School on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-Kin

St. Paul schools to require COVID vaccines or testing for staff

The unanimous vote in the state's second-largest district came amid a surge in cases in Ramsey County.
This photo provided by St. Paul Public Schools shows the renovated Humboldt High School.

St. Paul's Humboldt High School celebrates remodeling

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was set to showcase two three-story additions, a spiffy new entrance and a relocated career and technical education center.
Superintendent Joe Gothard took a firm stand behind a vaccine mandate Tuesday, citing the rise in respiratory illnesses that can occur in the fall.

St. Paul schools exploring vaccine mandate for staff

Board members got their first look at the policy ahead of an expected vote Friday.
St. Paul Public School Superintendent Joe Gothard stands for a portrait at Como Park High School on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-Ki

St. Paul schools to target learning loss with federal aid

Adding reading, math teachers among steps being pursued.
Minneapolis Public Schools mechanic Johnny Barton performed preventive maintenance on buses Tuesday before the start of the school year. MARK VANCLEAV

Mpls., St. Paul school districts, without enough bus drivers, ask parents to drive kids

Buses may run late and in Minneapolis parents are encouraged to drive their kids to school.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul schools eyeing online option for all students

The district previously planned to offer a high school program.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard.

St. Paul schools chief earns solid marks in review

Joe Gothard's annual pay will remain at $240,000.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard.

St. Paul schools spell out mask requirement

Mandate to go into effect next week, pending board approval
The site of a plane crash at County Rd. 11 and Hwy. 5 in Victoria Saturday.

At least one dead in Victoria plane crash

Officials said there were "multiple victims" and "no survivors" from the small plane crash near Hwy. 5 and County Road 11. When an area resident looked outside, "the entire front yard was on fire," he said. Scores of first responders rushed to the scene. Hwy. 5 was to stay closed overnight between Stieger Lake Lane and Victoria Drive.
Man, woman shot Saturday on St. Paul's East Side

Man, woman shot Saturday on St. Paul's East Side

A man and a woman were hospitalized in stable condition Saturday after being shot in an apartment on St. Paul's East Side.The incident occurred about…
A semitrailer truck jackknifed Saturday morning as it neared the end of the Lowry Tunnel on eastbound Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

Semi truck jackknifes going through Lowry Tunnel on eastbound I-94

No injuries were reported. Fire crews dealt with a fuel leak.
First-graders raised their hand to offer an answer during Katie Nelson’s summer school class at Vista View Elementary in Burnsville.

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth schools reinstating mask mandates

The move goes into effect Monday in Mpls.; board vote to come in St. Paul.
There are many opportunities for Minnesota school kids to get free summer meals this year. Star Tribune file photo by Glen Stubbe

Free summer breakfast, lunch opportunities abound for Minnesota school kids

A federal rule changes is making deliveries possible.
Jim Vue, left, and James Farns­worth

St. Paul school board candidates come up short seeking DFL endorsement

St. Paul's all-virtual DFL city convention wrapped up Friday with no endorsement being given to two candidates seeking a four-year school board seat.Jim Vue, the…
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, pictured at a news conference in January. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

St. Paul DFLers endorse Mayor Melvin Carter, three school board candidates

The balloting, being conducted virtually this year due to the pandemic, now heads into a second round.
Envision SPPS includes providing opportunities in science and the arts in every building, and preschool, too.

St. Paul Public Schools could recast, pare elementary schools

As enrollment drops, the district considers cuts for 2022-23 academic year.
Bev Scalze

Bev Scalze, former state legislator with people-oriented approach to politics, dies at 77

Bev Scalze had a love for nature that shone through in her art and in her politics.A wildlife artist, she won the 1991 Minnesota Department…
Minnesota lawmakers have halted school lunch shaming over unpaid debts. (Star Tribune file photo by Glen Stubbe)

Minnesota halts school lunch shaming over student debts

Federal program covers free meals to June 2022.
Shad Williams, a second-grade teacher at the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, looked for a student to call on as they worked through a

Teachers of color win financial support from Minnesota lawmakers

Programs to add to ranks include bonuses to recruit educators from other states.
Transgender student wins settlement from Wright County school district in restroom access case

Transgender student wins settlement from Wright County school district in restroom access case

The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose district also agrees to policy changes.
According to the complaint, the district and the union have an agreement allowing teachers 100 days of leave per year collectively to work with the un

Judge dismisses Anoka County taxpayers' suit against school district

Suit addressed how teachers are paid while conducting union business.
Many students have been upset about two teaching positions being eliminated for 2021-22 at Highland Park Senior High School.

St. Paul students fight for music, arts funding

Campaign spurred by layoffs at Highland Park Senior High.
Superintendent Joe Gothard, asked how quickly he might be able to enact the committee’s recommendations, said he would review and prioritize them.

St. Paul schools panel urges 'no suspension policy'

Administration to weigh report from equity committee.
Science teacher Andres Gonzalez helped out students at Hiawatha Academies in 2014. Educators at the Minneapolis-based charter school network, along wi

Staff at two Twin Cities charter schools agree to unionize

The schools will set up chapters of Education Minnesota.
Shaun Laden, MFT/ESP President spoke at news conference advocating a moratorium on new and expanded charter schools

St. Paul charter school's illegal investment spurs call for moratorium

Critics say accountability is lacking.
Students walked the hallways at Como Park Senior High School in April.

St. Paul ends school year early because of extreme heat

Students will still be able to turn in assignments, but will not be required to do any distance learning.
Principal Anne Gattman took students’ temperatures as they arrived at St. Jerome School in Maplewood.

How the pandemic forever altered education in Minnesota

Academics collided with life challenges, but there were some triumphs — and many see more hope ahead.
Kirsten Christensen will be the executive director of Twin Cities German Immersion School beginning July 26, 2021.

Twin Cities German Immersion School names new leader

The move comes after hard-fought expansion.
U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar, at microphone, gathered with several moms on Mother’s Day at Kordiak Park in Columbia Heights to urge people to get COVID-19

Klobuchar enlists mothers for vaccine push

People urged to take advantage of walk-in access to shots.
Students in the hallway at Como Park Senior High School. St. Paul Public Schools plan to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement starting with th

St. Paul schools eye ethnic studies requirement

Students would have to pass course to graduate in 2025.
Willie Mae Wilson, seen in 2012, was a former president of the St. Paul Urban League.

Willie Mae Wilson, St. Paul Urban League leader, dies at 79

For 55 years, Bill and Willie Mae Wilson shared a home and a commitment to public service that improved the lives of many in St.…
camaraderie with the kids Shaun Ross and other school support liaisons like to mingle with students during class breaks in an effort to build relation

In some Minnesota schools, students return but police do not

In some districts, armed officers have been replaced by "support liaisons" who hope to put a new face on safety
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…