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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. Sign up to receive the new North Report newsletter.

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

Eric Erkkila jumps into St. Louis County Board race

He is the fourth candidate vying for the seat in the West Duluth district.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson

Free land, loan guarantees, trust fund: Duluth explores ways to tackle housing shortage

A study conducted last year estimated Duluth will need an additional 3,800 affordable units over the next decade.
Elite runners set their watches as they took at the start of Grandma's Marathon in June 2017.

Grandma's Marathon canceled due to COVID-19

Race organizers ruled out the idea of postponing the races due to the enormous challenge of planning and preparing for the event.
Jason Vincent, owner of Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Duluth delivered a curbside order to a customer outside the restaurant Thursday.Vanilla Bean is one

35 Duluth restaurants still serving takeout or delivery

Coronavirus has flipped the service industry on its head, but here are some local spots still operating.
FILE - Costco has pulled out of its planned store in Duluth, citing high costs to build.

Costco pulls out of plans to build in Duluth

The retailer's site selector said project bids in the city "far exceeded" those elsewhere in the Midwest.
John Magas

Q&A: Meet Duluth's new school superintendent pick

John Magas, currently an associate superintendent in Green Bay, wants to hone in on "opportunity gaps."
John Magas

Duluth school board picks Green Bay administrator as new superintendent

John Magas beat out two Minnesota candidates for the school district's top job.
“There’s a lot of different ways people can support their community. … This is the way we know how to. We know food,” said MidCoast Catering o

Paying it forward: Duluth residents mobilize to deliver food to health care workers

Judge, food industry folks organize lunch delivery to health care workers.
The parking lot of a Super One in Superior was full on Monday afternoon, even after the mayor advised residents to avoid shopping as newly confirmed c

As Wisconsin orders business closures, confusion, questions remain

Governor's order stirs confusion in border community.
Student researcher Katie Cassidy, top, retrieved a water sample from Lake Superior to test for salt contamination.

Finding alternatives to road salt as water contamination grows

Researchers look at alternatives to chloride to treat icy roads in effort to protect Lake Superior.
Emma Hirsch places a sign for OMC Smokehouse’s curbside pickup in front of the restaurant Wednesday morning. But Thursday owner Tom Hanson shut down

Grandma's in Duluth lays off 350 workers, OMC Smokehouse closes amid coronavirus chaos

The group is among several restaurants closing up shop until the state gives green light to open.
Lutsen Resort is closing until April 30 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutsen Resort announces it will close until April 30

The ski area will end its season Sunday, more than a month early.
Snoops the skunk roamed around near the Sturgeon tank at the Great Lakes Aquarium on Thursday morning. The aquarium is closed until at least April 15t

Pretty stinkin' cute: Skunks explore empty Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth

While the attraction is closed to the public, Scoops and Snacks got time to roam free.
Carmen Aspling and her fiancé John Sapp are homeless, but they found a place to stay in a Minneapolis church shelter operated by Simpson Housing Serv

Amid COVID-19, Minnesota homeless face daytime closures, nighttime crowds

The potentially devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the nearly 570,000 Americans without a place to live are starting to raise alarms.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson spoke at a news conference Monday discussing measures the city would be taking to slow the spread of COVID-19. The session w

Duluth declares local emergency, promises needed services will continue

The move allows the city to request and coordinate aid.
Brewers face lost taproom sales as well as lost keg sales and restaurants and bars around the state temporarily close.

Minnesota's craft breweries hit by one-two punch as taprooms close and keg sales tank

Closing of taprooms, loss of other outlets put them in serious financial bind.
The Duluth Marshall girls' basketball team exited their bus to a line of applauding parents in the parking lot of their school after driving back from

Back home in Duluth, sheet cakes replace rally for tight-knit Marshall team

Duluth Marshall players, denied a shot at a state title, return to a heroes' welcome regardless.
Visitors moved through Canal Park in front of the Duluth Harbor North Pier Light in September. Two March conferences have canceled so far as well as c

Duluth hoping hit from canceled events lessened by social distancing Up North

Hockey playoffs and two conventions have been shut down, but desire by some to stay closer to home could mitigate the effects.
Ashley Grimm

Ashley Grimm enters race for empty St. Louis County Board seat

Beth Olson, who is not seeking re-election in the fall, said Grimm will bring "needed perspective" to the board.
A man briskly walked along the newly renovated Lakewalk behind Fitgers in Duluth in November. More Lakewalk construction is planned for Canal Park thi

Closed Lakewalk could complicate Duluth's summer tourism

Businesses will be open, but visitors won't have access to the shoreline during this $15 million phase of reconstructing the Lakewalk.
Siblings Connor Riley and Lucy Stoyke-Riley opened LuLu’s Pizza in downtown Duluth.

Artisan pizza shop opens in downtown Duluth

Lulu's Pizza hopes to conquer the historically tough downtown market.
Castle Danger Brewery ended growler sales beginning Oct. 1.

Legislators trying again to raise limits on sales of beer growlers

Lawmakers propose raising production cap, but small brewers object.
The Boreal House owner and operator, Katie Fast, in her new bar that recently opened in West Duluth.

New bar opens in West Duluth, with promises of 'something a little bit different'

Craft cocktails and craft beers are on the menu at the Boreal House.
Duluth city attorney placed on administrative leave

Duluth city attorney placed on administrative leave

Gunnar Johnson, the city's second-highest paid employee, was suspended for "a human resources issue."
Christine Gradl Seitz, executive and artistic director of Duluth Playhouse, welcomed the audience to the NorShor Theatre’s first show after its reno

Duluth Playhouse director steps down after 20 years boosting area art scene

Christine Gradl Seitz, who oversaw the restoration of the NorShor Theatre downtown, will retire from her leadership role at Duluth Playhouse.
Beth Olson

Beth Olson, St. Louis County's sole female commissioner, will not seek re-election

Beth Olson, who was elected in 2016, plans to return to the nonprofit sector.
Signs recruit Census takers in downtown Duluth. A number of northern Minnesota counties — including St. Louis County, where the federal bureau is se

Census recruiting in northeastern Minn. lags, even as pay hits $24 an hour

Even at $24 an hour, a tight labor market and tourism season create challenges.
Duluth uses a lottery system to dole out 60 licenses to those wishing to rent their homes or apartments. Now it is looking to expand that to 175 licen

Duluth looks to more than double number of vacation home permits

Waiting list for short-term rental licenses grows as the city tries to adapt to the sharing economy and increased tourism.
A small group of preservationists paid a $50,000 bond to temporarily protect the historic Pastoret Terrace and Paul Robeson Ballroom properties from d

11th-hour payment holds off demolition of downtown Duluth buildings

Preservationists pooled together $50,000 for a bond that protects the properties while litigation continues.
Two people discussed one of the scenarios posted on the wall before a January meeting at East High School on Duluth’s proposed school boundary chang

Duluth pumps brakes on school boundary changes

Officials say more options need to be evaluated.
The Duluth City Council unanimously approved a contract Monday to tear down the historic Pastoret Terrace and Paul Robeson Ballroom properties, which

Defenders scramble to hold off wrecking ball for historic Duluth buildings

Nothing legally prevents the city from tearing down the properties that once housed the Kozy Bar.
The Duluth City Council is poised to vote Monday on a contract to tear down the historic Pastoret Terrace and Paul Robeson Ballroom properties, which

Clock is ticking for Duluth group defending former Kozy Bar

Unless defendants post a bond, demolition could legally happen soon.
The Aerial Lift Bridge was illuminated in the distance near Duluth’s Bentleyville light display in December. Such attractions have helped drive tour

Duluth rakes in record $12.4M in tourism revenue

Though growth is slowing down, the industry remains a strong driver of the city's economy.
Citizens react to Duluth's controversial police riot gear policy

Citizens react to Duluth's controversial police riot gear policy

As police officially unveiled the policy Monday, some fear that gear could be misused.
Salteña, 27 years old, died at The Wildlife Sanctuary last week.

One of the oldest known lionesses in captivity dies at Sandstone sanctuary

After years of hardship, circus animal spent final months in Minnesota.
Duluth Beer Exchange has 40 pour-your-own taps of beer, wine and ciders.

Duluth gets a pour-your-own-beer bar

Another new drinking spot opens up in the up-and-coming Lincoln Park craft district.
The former Central High School still has not sold almost a decade after it was shuttered.

After almost 10 years on the market, vacant Duluth high school could be torn down

The school board rejected a $14.2 million offer four years ago, and now can't sell it for $7.9 million.
Duluth police have 125 new complete sets of riot gear. The chest protector includes numbers for identification by the public as well as a mount for a

New gear, new plan: Duluth announces new policy for police use of riot gear

A citizen board helped set the protocol after the controversial purchase of new gear.
Historic Old Central High School is now for sale.

For sale: Century-old iconic school in downtown Duluth

The school board voted to put Historic Old Central High School on the market.
An estimated 400-500 parents and students attended the school boundary meeting at East High School on Wednesday.

Proposed school boundary changes in Duluth draw ire of hundreds of parents

Concerns about issues ranging from long bus rides to a lack of equity between schools spurs parents to speak out.
A judge granted a stay preventing the city from demolishing the Pastoret Terrace property in downtown Duluth while a court appeal is ongoing.

Duluth stopped from demolishing blighted brownstone property — for now

A judge granted a stay preventing the city from demolishing the Pastoret Terrace property while an appeal is ongoing.
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.