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Proud Grandma

January 7, 2019 by Lynn Running Kensy (Register to contact)

Basketball has been my life.

Basketball Grandma

January 7, 2019 by Lynn Running Kensy (Register to contact)

I have moved back to Mn. From Texas. I just need to add my Granddaughter Jade William's plays Basketball for the Duke Blue Devils. Next year my Grandson Tre William's will be playing for the Gophers, my life has been blessed.

Carolyn Laudon

May 29, 2017 by Mary Laudon Meier (Register to contact)

Carolyn Laudon class of 76 died Oct.31, 2000,from a brain tumor.She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

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Retiring Principal Mary Mackbee leads St. Paul's Central High through one more year  Star Tribune

Mary Mackbee is winding through the halls of St. Paul Central High, recalling the days when she'd find herself lost in the maze of doors and lockers and ...



St. Paul’s Central High To Auction Off Tiny House  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you've been itching to downsize and get in on the tiny house craze, this may be the time to strike. Students at St. Paul Central High ...



Tiny House Built By St. Paul Students To Be Auctioned Off  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — You can't learn carpentry if all you ever build are bird houses. So, to think big, St. Paul Central High School's construction program ...



Tasha Tarrence -- Wykoff  PostBulletin.com

Tasha Tarrence wykoff. Tasha A. Tarrence, 21, of Wykoff, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys Campus in Rochester, from injuries ...



Watch: Minnesota High School Kids Walkout Over Gun Violence  Patch.com

See Minn. Kids Walkout Ahead Of Nationwide Protest - Saint Paul, MN - Student demonstrators marched from Central High School in Saint Paul to the ...



Vicki J. Lawrence -- Rochester  PostBulletin.com

Vicki J. Lawrence, age 59, of Rochester, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, surrounded by her family at her home. Vicki Jean Hentges was born Feb. 4, 1959, in ...



Vicki J. Lawrence  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Vicki J. Lawrence, age 59, of Rochester, MN, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, surrounded by her family at her home.



Police investigating alleged assault of St. Paul assistant principal by student  Star Tribune

A 12-year-old boy who attends a St. Paul school for students with mental health needs allegedly struck an assistant principal in the head four times this month, ...



Police put St. Paul Central High School on lockdown  St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Paul's Central High School was on lockdown for 85 minutes on Monday morning as officers investigated a fight and searched for a possible gun. An Airsoft ...



Teens at Central High School choked student, threw him down stairs during robbery, charges say  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Two Central High School students face aggravated robbery charges after ordering a fellow student to empty his pockets before choking him and throwing him ...



Sworn testimony reveals what St. Paul school leaders knew about dangers to staff  St. Paul Pioneer Press

One year before the lunchroom attack that ended John Ekblad's teaching career, the safety team he served on at Central High School lamented the rising ...



St. Paul’s Central High wants to ditch its ‘prison’ look  St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Transforming Central High School project aims to improve the exterior of the St. Paul school -- Minnesota's oldest -- to make it look less like a prison.



St. Paul Central, MN's oldest continuously operating high school, turns 150  Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesota's oldest continuously operating high school, St. Paul Central, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. To commemorate the sesquicentennial, ...



Central teacher, battling tremors, memory loss: 'The old John' is gone  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Central High teacher John Ekblad, who is suing St. Paul schools over injuries he sustained breaking up a lunchroom fight in 2015, said his career is likely over.



Letters: ‘I hope you will vote yes for St. Paul kids’  St. Paul Pioneer Press

It has been an honor to serve you and St. Paul's children on the St. Paul Board of Education over the last three years. Thank you for this opportunity. I am so ...



St. Paul Central student pleads guilty to attack on teacher, assistant principal  Minneapolis Star Tribune

A 16-year-old St. Paul boy pleaded guilty Friday in juvenile court to injuring a Central High School teacher and an assistant principal in a case that has reignited ...



St. Paul students stage walkout, march to Capitol as lawmakers mull gun, school-safety proposals  St. Paul Pioneer Press

The St. Paul school board is joining students in pushing for gun control in the wake of the Valentine's Day killing of 17 people at a Florida high school.



Mackbee a steady hand at the wheel for St. Paul Central High  Minneapolis Star Tribune

It was hard to tell who was more excited by the start of school: the 71-year-old principal for more than two decades or her 500 incoming ninth-graders.



Nearly 100 MN School Districts Awarded Anti-Violence Grants: List  Mendota Heights, MN Patch

MN School Districts Awarded Anti-Violence Grants - Mendota Heights, MN - Projects included improvements to exterior entry security, such as access controls, ...



Former nonprofit leader accused of misusing state funds is named Hazel Park principal  St. Paul Pioneer Press

The new principal of a St. Paul school was accused in 2004 of misusing $90,000 in state grant funds intended for his nonprofit organization. A report by the ...



Walkout at one St. Paul high school was about more than just school shootings  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Students at the High School for the Recording Arts in St. Paul are no strangers to gun violence, and they've said enough is enough. Over the past year, the ...



St. Paul Central High School student dies after being hospitalized  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

A St. Paul Central High School student who went into cardiac arrest Monday at the school has died, district officials said Wednesday evening. The student ...



St. Paul teacher’s lawsuit over Central High assault dismissed  St. Paul Pioneer Press

A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a St. Paul Central High School science teacher whose career ended when a student body-slammed ...



As Tuesday strike date approaches, what are St. Paul teachers still fighting for?  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Negotiators plan to meet through the weekend in hopes of preventing the first St. Paul Federation of Teachers strike since 1946. Monday will be the last day of ...



School-related burglary has high-profile victim: The principal  Star Tribune

A weekend burglary at a *service* station that serves as a training ground for students at St. Paul's Central High netted the thieves a little cash, a lot of tools — and ...



Students across Twin Cities walk out to protest gun violence  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Students at dozens of Minnesota schools were walking out of classes Wednesday in response to last month's deadly school shooting in Florida. The walkout that ...



Arrest Caught On Video At St. Paul High School Sparks Controversy  CBS Local

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The arrest of a teenager at a Twin Cities high school is causing controversy. A Central High School student captured the arrest on ...



St. Paul Central mourns 2 more student deaths  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Two students at St. Paul Central High School died this week, school officials said Thursday. A third student died earlier this month. Foul play is not suspected in ...



Family says missing St. Paul man found dead  St. Paul Pioneer Press

A St. Paul, MN, family is grieving after Aaron Jalil Allen, who had been missing, was found dead Sunday, police said.



Are St. Paul Central athletes getting shortchanged when it comes to next-door fields?  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Everyone seems to acknowledge that when it comes to playing fields, St. Paul's Central High School has it rough. “We have six soccer teams, three football ...



St. Paul Central's principal reflects on more than 20 years in her role  Minnesota Public Radio News

72-year-old Mary Mackbee is one of the best-known school principals in Minnesota. She's been at the helm of St. Paul Central High School for more than two ...



Central Lutheran School in St. Paul looks to raise $450K to stay open  Bring Me The News

It's been struggling because of dwindling enrollment.



Burglars clean out tools of high school auto shop — and community responds  St. Paul Pioneer Press

When Matt Lijewski pulled up to the Central High School *Service* Station in St. Paul on Sunday morning and saw the garage door was open, it crossed his mind ...



In lawsuit, St. Paul schools blames Central High teacher for his injuries  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

St. Paul Central High School teacher John Ekblad, right, speaks about his plans to sue St. Paul Public Schools for failing to maintain a safe work environment.



Boy, 14, arrested at St. Paul high school after alleged threat overheard, police say  St. Paul Pioneer Press

A 14-year-old was arrested at a St. Paul high school Wednesday after he “was overheard talking about a threat to” the school, according to police and the school ...



St. Paul Central students walk out in protest of school resource officers  St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Paul Central students march down Marshall Avenue in St. Paul on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Dozens of students walked out of school Tuesday to protest the ...



St. Paul's school resource officer policies still leave district room for improvement  Twin Cities Daily Planet

On May 25, 2016, St. Paul School Resource Officer Bill Kraus forcibly arrested then 19-year-old Darion Bell outside of St. Paul Central High School. Bell, a Black ...



St. Paul Central High? More like Comedy Central  Pioneer Press

What's so funny about St. Paul Central High School? Turns out — a lot. Six Central grads who attended the school during the '90s have gone on to careers in ...



Melvin Carter sworn-in as St. Paul's first African-American mayor  KMSP-TV

Melvin Carter is making history Tuesday in St. Paul, becoming the city's first African-American mayor. Carter will be sworn-in at a noon ceremony at his alma ...



Mayor Carter’s inaugural ball and swearing-in are $36,000 in the hole  St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's inaugural ball at the Union Depot and swearing-in ceremony at Central High School were flashy, festive and underfunded.



St. Paul Central campus to get a makeover this summer  MinnPost

This past winter, St. Paul Central High School made headlines on more than one occasion during a streak of unfortunate events. In December, a ...



Finalists named for 2018 Lions Club prep award  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twelve finalists — six males and six females — have been selected for the St. Paul Downtown Lions Club amateur athletes of the year award. One female and ...



1946 St. Paul teachers' strike got everyone's attention  Star Tribune

Bundled in sheepskins, thick boots and wool scarves, more than 1,100 St. Paul teachers and principals walked out of all 77 public schools and into the 3-degree ...



Family, police searching for 19-year-old missing from St. Paul  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Aaron Jalil Allen, who has been missing from St. Paul since the weekend, turned 19-years-old on Thursday and his family is desperate to find him. St. Paul ...



St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's inauguration week cost $205000  Star Tribune

The festivities marking the inauguration of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter ended in January, but two vendors owed $36,000 are still waiting to get paid.



Man dies on his 21st birthday after St. Paul crash his friend is charged in  St. Paul Pioneer Press

UPDATE: St. Paul man charged with criminal vehicular homicide after passenger dies. On the day DeShawn Lloyd Perry Jr. turned 21, his family had to say ...



Student brings loaded handgun to Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul  Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews

The 16-year-old student had the gun in his waistband, before it was confiscated and he was arrested. St. Paul Public Schools put out an announcement on its ...



Minnesota schools join national walkouts, call for action on gun violence  KMSP-TV

(KMSP) - A number of students at Minnesota secondary schools are joining a nationwide movement calling on legislators for more robust gun safety regulations ...



Jack Morris joins Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor in St. Paul wing at Hall of Fame  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Jack Morris took center stage on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., with more than 50000 fans in front of him, and a pair of St. Paul baseball legends behind him.



Battered St. Paul teacher meets with Trump officials over school discipline  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twin Cities teachers who have been assaulted on the job met with Trump administration officials Friday in Washington to discuss federal policy on school ...



Mitra Jalali Nelson wins St. Paul City Council seat  Star Tribune

Mitra Jalali Nelson is St. Paul's newest City Council member. The 32-year-old claimed a decisive victory Tuesday in the race for the Fourth Ward seat, garnering ...



St. Paul, charter deal creates high school path for language immersion  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Two St. Paul public high schools will guarantee admission for charter school students in a rare partnership meant to build pathways for language instruction.



Meet this school year's new District 518 staff  Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — District 518 is welcoming 33 new staff to the district this fall. Over the course of the next several weeks, we'll be presenting brief profiles of the ...



No Thug Left Behind: Obsessed with “racial equity,” St. Paul schools abandoned discipline—and unleashed mayhem.  City Journal

In the Obama years, America's public education system embarked on a vast social experiment that threatened to turn schools into educational free-fire zones.



Meet the Minnesota students taking the lead on state gun-control legislation  MinnPost

Ben Jaeger and Adrian Ali-Caccamo have been working to gauge and build bipartisan support for Sen. Matt Little's student-led bill to mandate criminal ...



5 questions for St. Paul's new Mayor Melvin Carter  MPR News

St. Paul's new Mayor Melvin Carter says inequality will be a major focus of his administration. In his inaugural speech on Tuesday he laid out plans for a $15 an ...



Central High student charged with assault after punching assistant principal  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

A teenager has been charged with felony-level assault after punching an assistant principal in the head amid a lunchroom brawl at Central High School in St.



Selby JazzFest highlights a transforming avenue in St. Paul  Star Tribune

It's been 17 years since Mychael and Stephanie Wright organized the first Selby Avenue JazzFest on the corner outside their fledgling coffee shop. A lot has ...



St. Paul teachers threatening strike over school violence  Minneapolis Star Tribune

To the president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers — and the union's 3,800 members — the issue of school safety is important enough to call a strike.



Philando Castile Is Remembered By St. Paul Public Schools: 'Kids Loved Him'  NPR

The man who was shot and killed by police last night in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., had spent more than a decade working for the same school district from ...



In first speech as mayor, Melvin Carter celebrates — and challenges — residents of St. Paul  MinnPost

Every mayoral swearing-in ceremony is a cause for celebration, especially for the mayor's family, friends and supporters — and especially when it's for a first ...



Big march is over, but Twin Cities students are all in on gun control  Star Tribune

Plans are taking shape for April 20 school walkouts tied to the anniversary of the Columbine High shootings, along with a rally that afternoon at the State Capitol.



2nd annual 'Central Honors Philando' preserves Castile's memory  KARE

Castile's high school classmates at St. Paul Central High School first organized the event in August of 2016.



St. Paul man charged with criminal vehicular homicide after passenger dies  St. Paul Pioneer Press

A St. Paul man who crashed into a power pole along the Green Line on Friday faces criminal vehicular homicide charges after one of the four passengers in his ...



St. Paul teachers union weighs first strike since 1946  City Pages

In 1946, St. Paul teachers wanted equal pay and free textbooks for students. Now, they want a nurse in every school, manageable class sizes, and corporations ...



Cop’s force in St. Paul Central trespassing arrest criticized  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Warning: This video of the arrest contains explicit language. A former St. Paul Central High School student was taken into custody Wednesday after being asked ...



TCGIS neighbors want community 'anchor' to remain  Monitorsaintpaul

School discusses razing former St. Andrew's church building and constructing more efficient and larger building. By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Twin Cities ...



Shots fired near rec center, teens’ brawl spreads along Green Line, police say  St. Paul Pioneer Press

An out-of-control birthday party at a St. Paul rec center ended with hundreds of teens brawling and spreading along the Green Line and light rail platforms.



Melvin Carter’s cabinet choices didn’t always align with community panels’ picks  St. Paul Pioneer Press

When Catherine Penkert applied to run St. Paul Parks and Recreation in late November, a community hiring panel assembled by then-Mayor-elect Melvin Carter ...



Forgiveness fills courtroom after fatal, alcohol-fueled bus crash  St. Paul Pioneer Press

With a long scar visible atop his head from where part of his skull was removed to alleviate his brain swelling, Markus Jackson stood in a Ramsey County ...



A fleeting glimpse of Amelia, before she took flight  MinnPost.com

Amelia Earhart's year in St. Paul was marked by the usual hallmarks of an unhappy family life: alcoholism, money troubles, parental discord, family infighting, ...



Children's book series celebrates spirit of Rondo | MN Spokesman-Recorder | MSR News Online  MSR News Online

The spirit of Rondo is sustained for youngsters with the launch of a new book series celebrating St. Paul's historic African American community.



St. Paul school disciplinary problems increase as it falls elsewhere  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

When a 16-year-old Central High School student injured a teacher in a cafeteria brawl last month, the disturbing rise of violence in St. Paul Public Schools was ...



Obsessed with 'racial equity,' St. Paul schools abandoned student discipline and unleashed mayhem and violence - AEI  American Enterprise Institute

View related *content*: Carpe Diem · school. Here are some key excerpts from Katherine Kersten's excellent article “No Thug Left Behind” in City Journal, about ...



St. Paul Johnson High teacher struck by student, police say  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

St Paul police are investigating another report that a student assaulted a teacher, this time at Johnson Senior High School.



In 18 days, St. Paul summer school students make up a semester  St. Paul Pioneer Press

On the roster for teacher Alexander Ward's morning summer class are 39 students who failed ninth-grade English. Sixteen showed up July 18 for the first day of ...



Trahern Crews  KARE

Trahern Crews. Age: 42. Bio: Crews was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from St. Paul Central High School. He's spent his career working with youth ...



St. Paul schools are back to suspending large numbers of students  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Student suspensions hit a five-year high last year in St. Paul Public Schools as the district's goals for reducing exclusionary discipline clashed with teacher ...



St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter focuses on the city's future  Star Tribune

Melvin Carter III feels like a steward of his name, worn first by a jazz musician, then a police sergeant. The elder Melvin Carters were amused and shocked that ...



March for Our Lives: 'I want to be part of that movement; I want to be a change. It's our time.'  MinnPost

Led by teenagers, a 20000-strong gun control coalition gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the Minnesota version of March for Our Lives.



List: Names, details of 301 Pa. priest sex abuse allegations in Catholic dioceses  York Daily Record

Read the accusations against 301 priests from the Pennsylvania grand jury report on Catholic sexual abuse.



Joe Mande on St. Paul, trolling, Philando Castile, and war with LaCroix  City Pages

Mande says local crowds have a good reputation far and wide.



2017 St. Paul-Area Athena Award winners  St. Paul Pioneer Press

The 23rd annual St. Paul-Area Athena Awards luncheon was held Wednesday at the Envision Center in Oakdale. Here are the 2017 winners.



St. Paul teacher injured by student can't seek damages beyond worker's comp, federal judge rules  MinnPost

No extra damages. The Star Tribune's Anthony Lonetree reports: “A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by a St. Paul teacher who aimed to hold the ...



J.J. Hill school’s grief over Philando Castile’s death continues after verdict  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Philando Castile's death last year rattled the J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School community. Friday's verdict acquitting the officer who fired the shots that killed ...



Teen charged after alleged threats to bring gun to St. Paul high school, start shooting  St. Paul Pioneer Press

A 14-year-old boy made statements to other students Wednesday about his plan to bring a gun to his St. Paul high school Thursday and start shooting, the ...



Before it was cut in half by I-94, St. Paul's Rondo was a thriving African-American cultural center  MinnPost

St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood ran roughly between University Avenue to the north, Selby Avenue to the south, Rice Street to the east, and Lexington Avenue to ...



Charles Schulz's St. Paul: Little pieces of Schulziana are still scattered across the landscape  MinnPost

On any given day, Schulz's mother was seldom more than a block from where he might be. Like the mothers he would later place offstage in his comic strip, she ...



Twin Cities Martin Luther King Jr. Day events  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

“The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us”: 9 a.m. youth rally at the Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 10:15 a.m., march re-enactment ...



St. Paul should move decisively to create a living wage of $15 an hour  MinnPost

For many St. Paul residents, the idea that hard work will deliver a better future for their children seems more myth than reality.



Rosario: Damn the hardships — full speed ahead is the motto for these resilient winners  St. Paul Pioneer Press

One was left without a father or a mother by the age of 9. Another managed to juggle college-prep courses while suffering from a serious affliction. A third ...



Melvin Carter offers big vision for St. Paul with win in mayor's race  Star Tribune

Melvin Carter already knows where he wants St. Paul to be in 2021. Over the next four years, he plans to raise the minimum wage citywide, expand early ...



Big changes afoot at St. Paul’s City Hall, as Melvin Carter’s inauguration nears  St. Paul Pioneer Press

From the mayor's office to the city council, there are big changes afoot at St. Paul City Hall. Beginning with his inauguration Jan. 2 at Central High School, his ...



Old St. Paul Facebook group helps people connect to a city that was  Star Tribune

In some ways, a visit to the Old St. Paul Minn. Facebook page is like rummaging around your grandparents' attic. There's a black and white photo of the swing ...



Neighborhood profile: St. Paul's Crocus Hill  Minneapolis Star Tribune

There's so much to like about Crocus Hill. One of the St. Paul residential districts encompassed by the larger Summit Hill district, the Crocus Hill neighborhood is ...



St. Paul’s Asian-American students’ academics lagging  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

With strong attendance and good behavior, the largest racial group in St. Paul Public Schools doesn't get much attention. But the mediocre academic ...



Msgr. Richter prepares for new role as seminary rector  The Catholic Spirit

Msgr. Thomas Richter was thrilled with his first assignment as vice rector of the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. Having just arrived in the Archdiocese of St. Paul ...



161 Students From Across the Country Named 2018 US Presidential Scholars | US Department of Education  U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their ...



Gordon Parks still inspires at St. Paul school that bears his name  TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Photos in the atrium of a man with a camera give students a clue about the man for whom St. Paul's Gordon Parks High School was named. A new, three-week ...



As the school year approaches, Twin Cities teachers grapple with how to talk about Charlottesville in their classrooms  MinnPost

In response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — where KKK members, white supremacists, neo-Nazis gathered to defend a statue of Robert E.



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