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Katie Galioto

Reporter | Duluth/Superior Region
Phone: 612-673-4478
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
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson

500 city employees must take unpaid days off as Duluth faces budget shortfall

Wage and salary steps also frozen through 2021.
(Left) Abby Claussen, a server at Va Bene Cafe, walked back into the restaurant after taking the lunch order of Duluth diners as they enjoyed the firs

Duluth restaurants are largely open for business, filling patios, sidewalks

Salons, operating at 25% capacity, have also reopened.
A protestor confronted riot police on Central Ave Saturday after they made an arrest during the protest in Duluth. , MN on Saturday.

Duluth protests over George Floyd's death called unprecedented

Police Chief Mike Tusken said in his 28 years on the force, he's never seen civil disobedience like what Duluth saw on Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
Brayleigh Keliin held a sign with dozens of names of black people who died from police force in front of Duluth Police officers on 21st Ave E in Dulut

Protests over George Floyd's death spread to Duluth

Amid anger and tension, a Duluth police officer read the names of people of color killed by police.
The Duluth City Council approved a $10.1 million contract to fortify and rebuild the Canal Park portion of the Lakewalk.

Duluth City Council approves $10 million Lakewalk funding despite budget woes

The city plans to use a property tax levy increase of less than 1% to help cover its portion.
Dozens of protesters stood in the rain Tuesday morning outside St. Louis County’s government services building in Virgnia, Minn.

After hours of debate, St. Louis County Board delays decision on refugee issue

Vote allows board to avoid roll call on contentious issue of Trump order.
Friends Grant Danielski, left, and Cooper Chick, both 8 years old, worked on designing a mask with a soccer field and hockey rink on them. The City of

Duluth launches contest to help make kids more comfortable with masks

The city is hosting a coloring contest, and winning designs will be printed on real masks.
Tom Hanson sat at one of a few tables that he had put in the parking lot of his popular Duluth Grill.

Outdoor dining on Lake Superior? Duluth restaurants say new rules a tough sell

Locals living close to Lake Superior are wary of dependence on Mother Nature's mercy.
Beth Lisak, left, a housekeeper in the apartments on the College of St. Scholastica’s campus, and Corey Bullheller, a senior, worked on deep cleanin

College of St. Scholastica to open campus for fall semester

Classes will start Sept. 8.
Two months after abandoning plans for a Duluth store, Costco is taking bids for the same site.

Costco reconsidering same Duluth site for a new store

The membership-only retailer abandoned plans for a project at the same location two months ago.
Leaders from Cirrus Aircraft pose alongside Duluth restaurant owners and business group representatives at a press conference for the new Strong North

Duluth groups launch program to provide boost to local restaurants

Businesses and individuals can purchase $20 vouchers through the Strong Northland initiative.
Starting Monday, campers can once again descend on the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park.

BWCA, Voyageurs to open for overnight campers; state park campgrounds remain closed

Just ahead of the holiday weekend that often feels like the start of summer for lovers of Minnesota's outdoors, the state's two premier camping destinations are allowing overnight visitors.
A Duluth police officer feared for his life recently when an assailant tried to steal his squad car.

Duluth police officer hangs on for dear life as assailant attempts to steal his squad car

The officer dove into the accelerating vehicle and escaped serious injury.
Mary Krull and Chris Aepelbache walked through the trail in Lester Park with Mary's dog, Laila last fall. Duluth plans to keep its park system open th

Not canceling summer yet: Duluth parks, beaches to remain open, but upkeep will suffer

"This year, those summer parks experiences are more important to the community's well-being than ever before."
Health technician Kelsey Reeves flipped through her log of inmates while distributing medication to them recently at the St. Louis County jail.

St. Louis County facing $15M-20M revenue shortfall, provides temporary property tax relief

The county has implemented a hiring freeze that leaves 65 positions empty.
Tower Ave. in Superior, WI saw minimal traffic and few pedestrians in March as the town prepared to close all nonessential businesses. On Monday the s

Small-business owners say Wis. reopening order is a lifeline

On Monday Gov. Tony Evers allowed nearly all retail stores to reopen to five customers at a time as the state eases off restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The sign in front of the Northern Waters Smokehaus.

Here are 50 Duluth-area restaurants and breweries running takeout or delivery

Coronavirus has flipped the service industry on its head, but here are some local spots still operating.
Emma Hirsch placed a sign for OMC Smokehouse’s curbside pickup in front of the restaurant. Duluth leaders are looking to relax some rules for outdoo

Dining in the parking lot? Duluth hoping to relax outdoor rules for restaurants

City leaders want businesses to get creative with socially distant rules as they reopen.
A view from the recently opened Boreal House in West Duluth. The neighborhood’s commercial properties face a 24 percent jump in property tax valuati

St. Louis County hikes commercial property values in West Duluth by 24 percent

The valuations in downtown and West Duluth jumped by $100 million in a year.
(Left) Zoe and Anthony Turan played volleyball in Duluth’s Canal Park in March. The city still is hoping to salvage some of it summer tourist season

Duluth not giving up on its summer tourism season yet

Attractions are adapting policies to promote public health ahead of city's peak time for visitors.
A skier maneuvered around moguls at Lutsen Mountains in March. The ski area is on track for a major expansion.

Lutsen ski expansion into public land on track as feds launch environmental study

Planned $56 million investment is focused on "long-term" future of ski area.
Two women walked through Canal Park in late March. Drops in tourism revenue is one factor playing havoc with Duluth’s budget, now expected to have u

A week later, Duluth ups budget shortfall by 50 percent, could stretch to $38 million

Last week city leaders estimated a $25 million budget hole.
Jason Vincent, owner of Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Duluth delivered a curbside order to a customer outside the restaurant Thursday.Vanilla Bean is one

37 Duluth restaurants still serving takeout or delivery

Coronavirus has flipped the service industry on its head, but here are some local spots still operating.
LaNea Johnson submitted a photo of her son, Tyler, a senior at Greenway High School, to a billboard enterprise honoring high school seniors as a surpr

Graduations canceled, Minnesota company finds creative way to honor Class of 2020

"We wanted to do something that they would have to celebrate a little bit."
FILE-Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. They city is laying off 49 employees as it faces a $25 million budget shortfall because of the coronavirus.

Duluth lays off 49 city employees

The city is facing a potential budget shortfall of $25 million.
Barb Russ

Duluth City Council Member Barb Russ resigns, citing health issues

The council can appoint someone to fill the seat until the 2021 election.
FILE-Potholes on N. Basswood Ave. in Duluth. The city is delaying several street projects as it faces a $25 million budget shortfall.

Duluth to close a golf course, delay street projects to deal with budget shortfall

Facing up to $25 million in lost revenue, closures, cutbacks put in place.
Minnesota’s stay-at-home order has left many areas around Duluth that are normally busy, nearly empty, which is expected to cause a big hole in the

Duluth facing $25 million budget hit as tax revenue shrinks

The city has already laid off almost 50 temporary workers and frozen hiring.
1 LLC submitted this design for the Rebuild Duluth program.

Duluth giving free land to 10 developers for housing projects

The move will bring 30 new housing units to the city.
Gloria Lott

Gloria Lott, 88, was among the first to die in COVID-19 outbreak at Duluth assisted-living facility

A Zoom call brought music and her family to her Essentia Health hospital room last week.
Gunnar Johnson

Duluth city attorney resigns two months after being placed on administrative leave

An investigative report found evidence backing allegations that Gunnar Johnson "made inappropriate statements" and "had lax management practices."
What's a snow squall? Twins relief pitcher Fernando Rodney stood on the mound during one during a 2018 game in Pittsburgh.

Duluth gets its first snow squall warning — but what is a snow squall?

DULUTH – Phones buzzed across Duluth on Thursday morning as the National Weather Service’s (NWS) local office issued its first-ever snow squall warning. What…
A woman walked towards the front door of St. Ann's Residence in Duluth, MN with flowers in hand on Thursday morning. The residence has reported COVID-

Uptick in St. Louis County virus cases is tied to one facility

Local health officials warned the coronavirus is also spreading through community transmission.
In spite of a drop in the number children at Aunty’s Child Care in Duluth, the center caters to parents working on the front line of the virus respo

Minnesota child-care providers struggling to stay open during pandemic

The state is currently encouraging licensed providers to apply online for grants from Child Care Aware of Minnesota, the nonprofit administering the $30 million approved by the Legislature as part of a larger aid package.
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People line up for free lunch at CHUM Food Shelf in Duluth on March 17, 2020.

St. Louis County buying hotel rooms to shelter homeless

DULUTH – St. Louis County is preparing to spend $450,000 to $500,000 on hotel rooms for homeless people who need to quarantine because of…
A juvenile bald eagle flew overhead Thompson Hill in Duluth on Sunday, April 5. Counters from Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory head out every day to keep t

Duluth becomes bald eagle hub during spring migration

North Shore city is becoming a main terminal for migrating eagles, other raptors.

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.
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.