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Katie Galioto

Reporter | Duluth/Superior Region
Phone: 623-673-4478
Location: Duluth

Katie Galioto is a reporter covering the Duluth/Superior region for the Star Tribune.


Galioto was born and raised in the Twin Cities' southwest suburbs. She was an intern at the Star Tribune in 2018 after she graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in political science. She reported as an intern for the Chicago Tribune and POLITICO before returning to her hometown paper full-time. She enjoys traveling, good music, good restaurants and her good dog, Tucker.
Recent content from Katie Galioto
Zagster bikes at Millennium Trail in Superior, Wis.

Duluth likely to launch bike-share program

Tourism tax dollars could help fund docking stations along Duluth's lakefront.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan met Joshua Kortes and Mercedes Moore in Duluth’s Center for Changing Lives, where both young parents found homes after exper

Affordable housing is focus of lieutenant governor's Duluth visit

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and housing officials meet residents of affordable apartments.
Janet Kennedy grew up in West Duluth, the area she will now represent on the City Council.

Hard-fought history shaped Duluth's first black City Council member

The third run proved to be the charm for West Duluth's Janet Kennedy.
Duluth incumbent Mayor Emily Larson talked with her son, Eli Zaun, during her watch party at the Duluth Folk School on Tuesday night.

Duluth gives Mayor Emily Larson another four years at city's helm

Duluthians also elected a slate of other officials, voting to fill five seats on the City Council and three on the school board.
Paul Sandholm

Former Duluth teacher wins election to school board

The newcomer and two incumbents won elections Tuesday.
ALEX KORMANN/alex.kormann@startribune.com
Election Judges Cheryl Wasmund (left) and Jan Lenes waited to help voters in line on Tuesday morning at Peac

How Duluth voted in its 2019 city elections

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday at the Arlington Hills Community Center in St. Paul, where a question about the city's organized trash collection as

Voters head to polls on issues ranging from trash to schools

Voters across the Twin Cities arrived at the polls at sunrise on Tuesday morning to cast ballots on a variety of local races including school referendums, City Council and county commission seats.

Truck driver killed in rollover at northeastern Minnesota mine

A service vehicle was found overturned and its driver pronounced dead at the scene.
The vandalized property at Bentleyville in Bayfront Festival Park.

'A few Grinches' vandalize Bentleyville property in Duluth

After recent graffiti, volunteers step up to help with security.
Brian Hurd posed inside a tiny house that was going to a homeless friend in Willmar. Across the country, cities have looked to tiny houses as possible

Duluth looks at tiny homes to address housing shortage

Eliminating the size requirement could be one part of housing solution.
A ballot box is set up inside the Duluth City Clerk's office for early voters to drop their ballots in.

What you need to know about Duluth's 2019 city elections

A brief guide to voting on Nov. 5 and the candidates running for mayor, city council and school board.
FILE-The start of the 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Thief steals straw bedding for Beargrease sled dogs

The contest, the largest sled dog race in the Lower 48, is a qualifier for Alaska's famous Iditarod.
Duluth may start a system for clearing heavy snow on its streets and sidewalks under a new city ordinance.

Duluth, which hasn't declared a snow emergency in more than 12 years, looking to overhaul rules

New ordinance would create parking ordinance for emergencies.
FILE - A ring-necked duck flies above Rice Lake in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. More than 900,000 ducks were counted Thursday as part of an ong

900,000 ducks are at it again — but this time Minn. meteorologists aren't fooled

Almost 1 million birds bright­ened the National Weath­er Service's ra­dar in north­east­ern Min­ne­so­ta.
Driftwood was flipped upside down along the shoreline of Park Point on Tuesday due to gale force winds and intense waves that battered Duluth on Monda

Duluth cleans up after storm — a process that's becoming familiar

Brighton Beach remains closed, but officials say the storm was less severe than others of late.
Kevin Milligan surveyed the waves and coastline before surfing on Monday. He was one of the first people out riding the massive waves of Lake Superior

Strong winds whip up Lake Superior, knock down power lines

Waves reached nearly two stories high in some areas, causing damage, flooding.
“There’s nothing to call it but an epidemic. It hit so fast and so hard,” said Duluth High School Principal Danette Seboe, seen with vaping devi

Minnesota schools are on the front lines of the vaping epidemic

Students' use soars despite urgent campaigns, retail crackdowns.
People walked away from the community center in Fond Du Lac after the lock down was lifted. The gymnasium inside is where a man was shot in the head o

Minneapolis man arrested after shooting during Fond du Lac funeral

Mourners helped restrain the suspect until police could arrive
A ring-necked duck flies above Rice Lake in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Suspected fire on radar in northern Minnesota turns out to be 600,000 ducks

Meteorologists in the National Weather Service's Duluth office noticed some unusual activity on the screen and became worried there was a fire in Aitkin County.
Michelle Mary Mae

Missing woman's death in northeast Minnesota ruled a homicide

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office found 35-year-old Michelle Mary Mae's body Tuesday.
Chihn Pham left a wreath in front of the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Pham and members of his family were rescued by the USS Duluth in 1975 du

Family rescued by USS Duluth finally visits city that represented freedom

Chinh Pham and family met with Vietnam War veterans who served on the USS Duluth and saw the city whose namesake introduced him to the U.S.

Rural northeast Minnesota man's death ruled homicide

St. Louis County deputies were continuing to investigate with the help of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
A few grams of heroin and needles collected in a recent stop by St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies.

Minnesota BCA to receive $1.1 million from feds for drug enforcement

The grant will go toward battling the spread of heroin and opioids.
The city of Duluth won a lawsuit against a historic preservation group and can demolish a large historic property in downtown Duluth.

Court ruling paves the way for demolition of historic Duluth brownstone

Judge says the former Kozy Bar is a "magnet for crime," and beyond fixing.
FILE - Roselyn Silvestre 2, helped shovel snow in front of her Minneapolis home in 2018.

Duluth rolls out snow removal assistance program

The city will pair senior citizens or people with disabilities with people willing to help them.
This screengrab from a Duluth police officer’s body camera shows officer Adam Huot dragging a handcuffed man through the city’s skywalk, moments b

Duluth appeals to state high court to be able to fire officer accused of police brutality

The city wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to weigh in.
One of the three ads that was removed from buses in April and will return for October.

Facing lawsuit threat, Duluth Transit Authority reinstalls political bus ads

Ads from a pro-business PAC will return to buses for one month.

Duluth school board picks college professor to fill vacant seat

The educator and mother of two children in the district was picked from a large pool of applicants.
Castle Danger Brewery will end growler sales beginning Oct. 1.

Too many barrels of beer: Minnesota brewery must end growler sales

But brewers hope a legislative effort to expand beer-jug sales eventually wins out.

Stepping up: Vacant Duluth school board seat gets a lot of applicants

After 21 people applied, school board may adjust the interview process.
Tourists and locals move through Canal Park in front of the Duluth Harbor North Pier Light on Monday September 16, 2019.

Duluth tourism revenue on pace to set another record

With tourism tax collections up 1.6%, Duluthians are crossing their fingers for a fair-weather fall.
Duluth is considering an ordinance that requires retailers to charge a fee to consumers for paper or plastic bags, joining a growing number of cities

Duluth weighs plan to require retailers to charge 5 cents for bags

Proposed 5-cent charge aims to reduce waste, create eco-friendly habits.
Ricker talked to UMD students on Wednesday.

Q&A: State education leader on achievement gaps and what's working in Minnesota's schools

Mary Cathryn Ricker was on a whirlwind back-to-school tour this week.

Ever wanted to join Duluth's school board? Now might be your chance

The board will conduct 20-minute interviews to fill the vacant seat.
Taylor Tinkham, 29, stood next to a chalk drawing she made as part of her CeMental Breaks, a movement she hopes will catch on across the state.

Chalk art creations popping up on Mpls. sidewalks encourage mental health breaks

Since April, a local artist has left a couple hundred chalk sketches throughout the city encouraging passersby to stop and take a moment for themselves.
Packages passed down a conveyor belt before receiving a shipping label at Amazon in Shakopee.

St. Louis County Board moves to cut its Amazon spending and buy local

The board passed a resolution Tuesday saying employees should make "every effort" to make purchases locally.
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers during the season opener against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago.

Wis. senator again tries to end Packers blackout on Minnesota border

Twelve counties near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border broadcast the Vikings when the teams' games coincide.
FILE- Denfeld High School student Lindsay Johnson helped Laura Macarthur Elementary School student KaMirra Spencer with her reading in Dec. 2018. New

Duluth schools struggle to improve test scores

New data shows continuing achievement gap with scores for black students among worst in the state.
The Superior Entry Lighthouse sits at the end of Wisconsin Point. The property was sold for $159,000 last month.

Sold! Historic lighthouse in Superior, Wis., auctioned off for $159K

A man from California purchased the Wisconsin Point tower, which is more than 100 years old.
A screengrab from an officer's bodycam video shows Duluth police officer Adam Huot dragging a man by his handcuffs, which he was fired for. The Minnes

Appeals court: Duluth police officer fired for excessive force can keep job

The officer dragged a suspect by his handcuffs.
Lizzo performs a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J.

Lizzo's big booty balloon also has Minnesota roots

Thanks to a Burnsville company, the singer and rapper wasn't the only local on stage at the MTV VMAs.
Colleen Hinz of St. Paul rode the Giant Slide on Thursday with daughter Grace, 4. This year is its 50th anniversary.

Millions of dollars flow into Minnesota State Fair coffers each year. Where does the money go?

More than 2 million people times a $15 admission fee = a lot of dough, deep fried or not.The Minnesota State Fair has never been…
Lorraine Robitaille, right, handed Margarita Nunez a large stuffed dog as they hung prizes at their game stand in the Midway the day before opening da

Nearly $60M flowed into State Fair coffers last year. Where did it go?

We asked what State Fair facts you were curious about, and several readers have done the math and want to know what happens to all that dough.
Lorraine Robitaille, right, handed Margarita Nunez a large stuffed dog as they hung game prizes at their stand in the Midway on Wednesday, ahead of th

Food, fun and more start at Minnesota State Fair

For many, the dozen-day stretch is the most wonderful time of the year. And come Thursday morning, it's starting.
Photos from the survey.

Grand Marais property photo survey draws accusations of shaming

City asked residents for thumbs up or down on photos of local properties. It got 524 responses in about five days -- quite a turnout in a town of less than 1,500.
Duluth basketball players gathered outside the school in 1961 — a decade before its replacement was built.

It's stayed open for a century, but Duluth's beloved Old Central faces steep costs

Cost to rehab century-old Duluth building is nearly $50 million.
Jeremy Messersmith is among the local music stars to be featured at the first Wild Waters Music Fest, a single-day concert trying to raise awareness o

Duluth concert aims to drum up support for campaign to stop Twin Metals mine

Music festival highlights ongoing tensions over mining in Minnesota.
Emily Larson, the first female mayor of Duluth, is sworn in at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Mayor, incumbent City Council members advance in Duluth primary

About 8,000 people voted Tuesday to pick who will appear on the city's ballot in November.
Twin City Rapid Transit Co. streetcars pass through St. Paul's new Selby Tunnel for the first time in September 1907.

A New York artist mapped the Twin Cities' 'lost' streetcar system

Public transportation in Minneapolis and St. Paul looked a lot different in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Last time the tall ships came to town in 2016, they drew about a quarter of a million people -- and one large rubber duck, which will also return this

With Festival of Sail, blues festival, Duluth braces for busiest weekend of year

With a parade of tall ships set to sail through the harbor and music blasting from the bayfront, Duluth is gearing up for its largest…
A hailstone in Watertown today.

Baseball- and tennis ball-sized hail hit parts of Twin Cites

Windows, siding and vehicles damaged, but no one was injured.
A large crowd gathered for the last day of the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 3, 2018, in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Twin Cities police, State Fair other events say they're prepared after Gilroy shooting

Law enforcement, city officials and event staff plan for range of emergencies during festival season.
Has Minnesota ever had a major earthquake?

Has Minnesota ever had a major earthquake?

Residents of the North Star State will persevere through the toughest blizzards, of course, and kids are drilled to take shelter away from windows during tornadoes. But earthquakes?
This illustration appeared in the Minneapolis Star on July 18, 1969.

Moon germs, Flat Earthers and Russian meddling: Five Apollo 11 storylines

Blast off into the Star Tribune's archives to revisit some of the offbeat headlines during America's mission to the moon 50 years ago.
The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is launched into the Menominee River from Fincanteiri Marinette Marine in Marinette Wis., on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Naval combat ship USS Minneapolis-St. Paul to be commissioned in Duluth

The USS Minneapolis-St. Paul will officially start its military duties in 12 to 16 months.
The Husky Energy refinery burns as seen in this aerial photo.

Duluth asks EPA to review hydrogen fluoride use after refinery explosion

Oil refinery explosion raised fears of hydrogen fluoride hazards.
In April 2018, thick smoke poured from the fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wis. The city of Duluth is voting on a resolution asking

Duluth mayor to push for review of use of hydrogen fluoride

Resolution asks EPA to examine hazards at Husky Energy facility.
Castle Danger Brewery's Castle Cream Ale.

Castle Danger to halt growler sales in October. Are other Minn. breweries next?

The move by the North Shore brewery is adding fuel to a legislative fight over Minnesota liquor laws.
Lines were long at Target Field as a game against the Seattle Mariners began last month.

No backpacks at Target Field: Twins' new bag policy in effect

A team spokesman said fans were prepared and lines moved ahead of Friday's rain-delayed home game vs. Texas.
U.S. player Alex Morgan, who scored against England after scoring five times vs. Thailand.

Twin Cities locales showing Women's World Cup games expect a crowd for Sunday's final

If you're going Sunday morning, you better go early, managers advise.
Spin — a San Francisco-based company whose black-and-orange scooters are one of two brands populating St. Paul — filed a police report Friday clai

Whodunit? Dozens of electric scooters vandalized in St. Paul

Nearly 50 of the Spin rental scooters were intentionally damaged last week, police said.
In this March 1, 1927, photo, Charles A. Lindbergh poses for a photo in front of a Ryan monoplane in San Diego, Calif. (Stanley Andrews Jr./The San Di

Minnesota Historical Society acquires pair of Charles Lindbergh's goggles

Famed pilot's 1930s eyewear was purchased at auction for $8,500.
Photo courtesy of Gary Schott: Nurse Deb Schott, who died in Friday's medical helicopter crash.

Pilot, nurse killed in North Memorial helicopter crash

A third crew member is hospitalized. No patients were being transported when the helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. near the Brainerd airport. Gary Schott of Biscay, Minn., confirmed that his wife, Deb Schott, 58, was the nurse who died.
The sun rises over Duluth harbor as seen from Skyline Parkway, a perennial favorite view for sightseers.

Is Duluth the most inland seaport in North America?

The Port of Duluth-Superior serves as a transportation epicenter, connecting railroads and interstates with the marine "highway" used to ferry millions of tons of cargo around the world.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks during the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami on Wednesday night, June 26, 2019. (Doug Mills/The New Yo

Klobuchar gets mixed reviews for debate performance

The Minnesota senator entered Wednesday's debate seeking a breakout moment — but it's unclear if she succeeded.
The college, pictured in 1960, has roughly 90 students enrolled.

Minneapolis Business College to close in December

The for-profit school, founded in 1874, faced declining numbers.
Second year dental students Elizabeth Wilder (right) and Katherine Rolek gave Mow Ning of St. Paul dental care inside Community Dental Care in Maplewo

What happens when your university suddenly closes? Former Argosy students are still figuring it out

Three months after the for-profit university closed, some students still face an uncertain path.
Residents of Pelican Rapids, Minn., rallied around a newspaper after it published a column defending the local immigrant community from a racist Faceb

Small-town Minnesota newspaper praised for defending immigrant community

A racist Facebook comment left on a photo of young graduates prompted an outpouring of support for Pelican Rapids' immigrant population.
Rain clouds pass over the U.S. Capitol as seen from the Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Have Minnesota's members of Congress read the Mueller report?

The Star Tribune asked the 10 members of Minnesota's congressional delegation if they have read the special counsel's Russia report and what they think about it. Here's what they said.
New graduates walk in the processional during the commencement for the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Sciences at the University of Minneso

U program with $10 credits for senior citizens reignites debate over college cost

Law letting senior citizens fill extra seats in U courses drew national attention.
Lizzo from "Truth Hurts."

Green Bay radio station bleeps out 'Minnesota Vikings' in Lizzo song

Packers backers ratchet up NFL rivalry by editing chorus of popular song.