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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
Historic Old Central High School is now for sale.

For sale: Century-old iconic school in downtown Duluth

The school board voted Tuesday to put Historic Old Central High School on the market.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers answers questions from the media Friday Jan. 17, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers will play the San Fr

In Twin Ports, Packers' success sparks lively smack talk

"I'd be hearing about it forever," Duluth-Superior Vikings fans say of having Green Bay in the Super Bowl.
Denfeld High School senior Rachel Skwira-Brown, 17, helped Laura Macarthur Elementary School second grader Katelynn Mccauley with her reading as part

How Duluth's school boundaries might be reshaped

A portion of the Lakewalk in Duluth recently reopened,but much storm damage still needs to be repaired.

Duluth's Lakewalk makes governor's bonding plan, as does snow-making equipment at Giants Ridge

"Hurricane-style" storms on Lake Superior have prompted city officials to look for solutions that last.
The Lakewalk was reopened in November after months of repairs. But much work remains to protect it from storms on Lake Superior.

As cost of fixing Lakewalk swells, Duluth asking state for $13.5M

City officials want to make the bonding request Duluth's top legislative priority in 2020 following three consecutive years of severe storms that battered beaches and the popular Lakewalk trai.
Those in attendance who favored a motion against refugee resettlement stood in the back and made their opinions known.

Beltrami County votes against allowing refugee resettlement

The audience applauded as the resolution passed during an unruly meeting filled with jeers, shouts and accusations among the more than 150 people — most of them opposed to allowing refugees — packing the county chambers.
Left to right, Roz Randorf, Derek Medved, Janet Kennedy, Arik Forsman and Gary Anderson were sworn in on the City Council.

Trio of fresh faces sworn in on Duluth City Council

Mayor cites "tremendous" progress, starts 2nd term.
Libraries across the country, including in Minneapolis and Duluth have protested a change by Macmillan Publishers, limiting copies of newly released e

Duluth leaders protest publisher's move to limit library access to e-books

Officials say policy of one digital copy in first eight weeks hampers readers.
Shannon Miller, former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach, on Jan. 31, 2015, in her office at Amsoil Arena with her five NCAA Nationa

Lawsuit finally settled, former UMD hockey coach says 'it was worth it'

Five years ago this month, Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller was called to her boss's office. But it wasn't for the reason that she was expecting.
Fitgers mall in Duluth, MN as seen from an airplane on Wednesday October 30, 2019

Uber's Top 10 Duluth destinations in 2019

DULUTH – Remember the beginning of the decade, when hitching a ride meant sticking out your thumb by the side of the road instead…
Former UMD women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller.

Settlement between UMD, women's hockey coach totals $4.5 million

Shannon Miller, who filed suit against her employer in 2015 after the university declined to renew her contract, will receive $2.1 million, and her attorneys will receive $2.4 million.
A photo that circulated on Facebook showed Brett Stimac posing with the bear federal authorities say was illegally killed.

Brainerd man pleads not guilty to illegally killing bear on reservation

Brett Stimac sawed off the animal's head, paws and 71 pounds of meat, charges said.
Duluth City Council Members Em Westerlund, left, and Gary Anderson fist bumped before their session on Monday where the council approved a ban on conv

Duluth City Council approves conversion therapy ban

The ordinance makes Duluth the second Minnesota city to prohibit the practice.
UMD senior Jon Phipps, playing a longtime Springfield resident in his class’ mock City Council session, argued in favor of a proposed development pr

Don Ness, former Duluth mayor, primes the political pump

Ness is helping students navigate the local civics scene.
Noble Pour general manager Tyler Schwanke made one of their signature cocktails, Midnight Song, behind the bar this week. The cocktail lounge opens Su

With NY hot spots as inspiration, Duluth gets first true cocktail lounge

The Noble Pour opens Sunday in the city's burgeoning Lincoln Park craft district.
FILE - Sexual assault evidence collection kits in Utah.

With new federal grant, Duluth moves from testing rape kits to prosecuting cases

City will build on its work to end rape kits backlog.
FILE-The Minnesota Legislature had looked at passing a statewide conversion therapy ban, that failed. Duluth is looking to become the first Greater Mi

Duluth considers conversion therapy ban

The City Council could vote on the ordinance as soon as Dec. 16.
Bishop Paul Sirba, who died Sunday at 59, was celebrated Friday at a funeral mass at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Hundreds celebrate life of Duluth bishop at funeral

Paul Sirba, who died unexpectedly Sunday at 59, was remembered for his compassion and dedication.
ALEX KORMANN • John Rentschler walked through a light tunnel with his three-year-old daughter, Jacey, on his shoulders

Duluth's Bentleyville gets chance to shine in ABC Christmas light show

The Duluth display, which is up against events in California and Texas, is competing for a $50,000 prize.
Duluth assisted-living facility neglected resident in sexual assault case, state investigators found

Duluth assisted-living facility neglected resident in sexual assault case, state investigators found

The facility said it is disputing several of the report's findings.
FILE - At the law offices of Fafinski Mark & Johnson in 2015, former UMD women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles, softball coach Jen Banford, and hoc

Minn. Supreme Court rejects UMD coaches' appeal of bias case

Women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, softball coach Jen Banford and women's basketball coach Annette Wiles have alleged discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, among other allegations.
A parking sign was buried during the blizzard on Sunday afternoon.

Duluth blizzard tales: Napping with your Uber driver, snowshoeing to work

After the two-day winter storm, locals swap stories of sticky travel situations and good Samaritans.
Jamal Jackson

Duluth man gets 30-year sentence for murder outside downtown bar

Last month, a jury dismissed claims that the 27-year-old acted in self-defense.
A shopper loaded up a cart full of plastic bags at a Duluth grocery store on Monday Nov. 25. The City Council passed an ordinance that will require re

Duluth approves 5-cent fee for plastic bags

The city is following the lead of several others across the country that have imposed similar fees or banned plastic bags altogether. Minneapolis' fee, which takes effect Jan. 1, applies to paper and plastic bags.

Suspected fentanyl seized in Duluth is enough to kill 26,000

It's believed to be the largest bust of the potent drug in Minnesota this year.
Rusty Rookey hung lights wrapped with chicken wire on Bentleyville’s 12-story Christmas tree last month. Santa is expected to sky-dive in Saturday n

Behind Bentleyville: Duluth's big draw comes to light

A tight-knit group of volunteers puts on the show for hundreds of thousands.
Lana, a 15-year-old Amur tiger, died at the Lake Superior Zoo Wednesday.

Beloved Lake Superior Zoo tiger dies after battle with liver disease

Lana, a 15-year-old Amur tiger, was a friendly feline and zoo favorite for many.
A federal class-action against opioid manufacturers in Ohio could funnel billions of dollars to counties, cities and Native American tribes across the

Local governments must decide whether to remain in massive opioid lawsuit

Local governments are weighing how to get the most from the drug companies they blame for causing the epidemic.

Vandal defaces Duluth billboard supporting abortion rights within a day of it going up

Police are investigating the incident and seeking surveillance footage.
A skier jumped off a snow bank at Mont Du Lac ski resort on Thursday. Mont Du Lac ski resort in Superior, Wis., opened its slopes for the first runs o

The bright side to all the cold weather lately: An early start to ski season

In northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, resorts and ski areas say chilly temperatures mean prime snow-making.
Zagster bikes at Millennium Trail in Superior, Wis.

Duluth will launch bike-share program in spring

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.
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.