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Katie Galioto

Reporter | St. Paul City Hall
Phone: 612-673-4478

Katie Galioto is a reporter covering St. Paul City Hall for the Star Tribune. She previously covered the Duluth/Superior region while based in the paper’s bureau Up North.

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
St. Paul City Council member Mitra Jalali in 2018. (Star Tribune file photo by Anthony Souffle)

Split St. Paul City Council repeals tenant protections

Council members pledged to craft a new policy that will hold up in court.
The Frogtown Neighborhood Association has for months campaigned against a $57 million apartment and retail complex at University Avenue and Lexington

Dismissing court appeal, neighbors look for more affordability in controversial St. Paul housing project

In early June, Frogtown residents challenged the mayor's veto power.
Sisters Natalie Redinger, center, and Heather Dewitt, right, participate in a traditional Swedish circle dance Thursday at the American Swedish Instit

Minneapolis, St. Paul come back to life as pandemic wanes

Thanks to high vaccination rates, summer weather and the lifting of Minneapolis and St. Paul mask mandates, June has marked a reanimation of Minnesota's metropolitan core after more than a year of COVID-induced inactivity. The signs of revival are everywhere.
Mushroom shelves are still visible in this old Mushroom Valley cave, which is now part of the Wabasha Street Caves.

Who dug the sandstone caves along St. Paul's riverfront?

The city's extensive underground spaces have been home to sand mines, mushroom farms and even nightclubs.
Tram Hoang spoke before more than 9,000 signatures were turned into the Ramsey County Elections office petitioning to put rent stabilization on the ci

St. Paul campaign for rent control has 9,000 signatures

Now, housing advocates' focus will shift to educating voters about the proposed 3% cap to rent increases on residential properties.
Anne Perry left ,lead a prayer for her grandson Marquez Perry-Banks 21, who was killed in the parking lot at 444 Maryland. Standing beside Anne his he

St. Paul City Council moves to shut down tobacco store

Neighbors have said the property has attracted crime.
At the St. Paul Grill in 2010.

St. Paul weighs right-to-recall ordinance for hospitality workers

Measure would give laid-off hospitality workers right to be rehired.
“... people are best equipped to determine how to use resources that are made available to them.” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said.

Low-income families in Minneapolis could tap into "guaranteed income" of $500 per month

Mayor Jacob Frey said he has learned from an existing program in St. Paul.
Jay Webb, a gardener and activist at George Floyd Square, spoke to a crowd of about 150 from the garden beneath the fist statue in the 38th and Chicag

City workers clear portions of George Floyd Square in Mpls.

As soon as workers finished, protesters began parking cars and piling pallets to barricade the streets once again. Mayor Jacob Frey declined to say when he thought traffic would flow again.
New murals will greet St. Paul City Council members when they resume in-person meetings at City Hall after Labor Day. (Star Tribune file photo by Bria

St. Paul City Council to resume in-person meetings after Labor Day

Council members say they want to continue allowing residents to weigh in remotely.
Cindy Lambing of Minneapolis completed her shopping at Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis last spring as cashier Sareena Tippett sanitized the checkout

Minneapolis and St. Paul now ending COVID-19 mask mandate

The move comes two weeks after Minnesota's statewide mandate was lifted.
Pastor Marea Perry left, prayed with others for her son Marquez Perry-Bank,s 21, who was killed in a parking lot on St. Paul’s North End.

On troubled St. Paul corner, neighbors push to shut down tobacco shop

Licensing error could open door to potential zoning changes.
St. Paul City Council members Mitra Jalali and Rebecca Noecker in 2018. (Star Tribune file photo by ANTHONY SOUFFLE)

After losing in court, St. Paul poised to repeal tenant protections

Council members said they plan to craft a scaled-back version of the ordinance.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said he will lift the city’s mask mandate order “the instant the professionals here on the local level” say it’s

Mayor Melvin Carter describes vision to 'move forward' from 2020 in State of the City address

The St. Paul mayor is up for re-election in November.
A scene from Grand Old Day in 2019. ] LEILA NAVIDI ¥

St. Paul's Grand Old Day canceled for second year in a row

Organizers said they are optimistic the event will return in 2022.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, with community leaders and Police Chief Todd Axtell, right, behind him, talked this month about crime in the city.

St. Paul commission suggests new violence prevention office, end to pretext stops

The group was created to suggest alternatives to traditional 911 responses by police.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said the department’s pool of applicants is half of what it was five years ago.

Fewer applicants line up to become recruits for St. Paul police force

The St. Paul police hopes to train the recruits this fall.
Pastor Johnie Johnson, right, led a prayer for the recovery of 9-year-old Trinity Smith. People linked arms as they prayed to support her father and s

Girl shot in head, police attacked in violent Mpls. weekend

At two incidents early Sunday, people threw rocks and other debris at Minneapolis police or sprayed mace as the officers responded to calls over street racing in Uptown and during bar close downtown.
V51The Viking Mississippi will ply the river starting in 2022.

Viking cruising into St. Paul for Mississippi River tours in 2022

The international cruise line will offer a 15-day itinerary from St. Paul to New Orleans.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in 2019.

St. Paul city attorney won't seek outside opinion on mayor's veto allowing housing project

The veto allowed developer Alatus to move forward with a controversial housing project.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, with community leaders and Police Chief Todd Axtell, right, behind him, talked about the violence the previous night in

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter cruises toward second term despite criticism about crime and policing

The 42-year-old first-term mayor of Minnesota's capital city has no high-profile opponents.
Lime scooters across the street from the Minnesota State Capitol on the corner of University Ave and  Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.     ] GLEN STUBBE �

Scooters for hire return to St. Paul streets

California-based Lime and Bird to deploy a combined fleet of 1,200.
Seven injured in three St. Paul shootings; 'It sounded like a war zone'

Seven injured in three St. Paul shootings; 'It sounded like a war zone'

No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.
Seven injured overnight in three separate St. Paul shootings

Seven injured overnight in three separate St. Paul shootings

Police said no arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.
Ramsey County Sherif Bob Fletcher said deputies will be required to activate cameras in situations that may result in police action, but not casual en

St. Paul council members want investigation of Fletcher's livestreaming

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher's shows on Facebook and YouTube have attracted more than 13 million views since last July. A proposed council resolution says he drove the wrong way down a one-way street in pursuit of a stolen car and failed to wear a body camera.
The proposed Lexington Station apartments in St. Paul

St. Paul council seeks second opinion over mayor's veto of housing project

The council voted 5-2 to seek a non-binding opinion from the attorney general.
Daunte Wright’s casket was removed from the church at Shiloh Temple International Ministries on Thursday in Minneapolis. His family is walking behin

Amid grief for Daunte Wright, a firm resolve for lasting change

Mourners including the state's top political leaders filled a north Minneapolis church Thursday to honor the life of a 20-year-man killed by Brooklyn Center police and demand justice.
A view of the central water feature at the planned Highland Bridge development on the site of the former Ford assembly plant in St.Paul. (Rendering co

St. Paul selects park names for former Ford plant site

Next year, say hello to Gateway Park, Assembly Union Park, Uŋči Makha Park and Míča Park.
A judge has put on hold a St. Paul ordinance that limited how landlords use an individual’s prior evictions, credit scores or criminal history recor

Judge halts enforcement of St. Paul tenant protections

In response to a lawsuit filed by landlords, the judge said the new policy is likely unconstitutional.
Minnesota National Guard members patrol Lyndale Avenue S. near Lake Street. There are signs of militarization throughout the city: barricades, barbed

As verdict looms, Guard tightens grip on Twin Cities

Stung by criticism after riots last spring, state and local officials have opted for a massive presence to maintain law and order.
A view of the Highland Bridge central water feature at the St. Paul development, released during the virtual groundbreaking Tuesday.

St. Paul approves up to $46.9M in public financing for affordable housing on Ford site

Highland Bridge plan will construct 195 affordable units at Ford plant site.
Members of the National Guard arrived at the Brooklyn Center Police Department prior to a rally Tuesday in response to the death of Daunte Wright.

Twin Cities, suburbs impose curfews after Wright killing, unrest

The curfews go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, with earlier curfews in Brooklyn Park, Champlin.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke at a press conference in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, April 12, 2021, announcing his sorrow at the death of 20-year-old Daunte W

7 p.m. curfew in effect for much of Twin Cities by order of Gov. Walz

The curfew in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Dakota counties is from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday
Clifford Poetz

Clifford Poetz, pioneering advocate for people with disabilities, dies at 71

Decades before the word "retarded" was widely considered an offensive term, 23-year-old Clifford Poetz urged federal lawmakers to stop using the label he felt was…
Levi LaVallee was filming for Red Bull Portside in Duluth in February.

Watch: Stunt snowmobiler Levi LaVallee makes Duluth his 'playground'

The X Games gold medalist filmed stunts at iconic Duluth sites, including one that accidentally landed him in Lake Superior.
Robert Giuliani, the owner and chef of Tacos Tacos Tacos, prepared a torta in the kitchen.

After years traveling through Mexico, Duluth native opens traditional taqueria downtown

Tacos Tacos Tacos owner was inspired by street vendors in Mexico.
A bulldozer pushed dirt along Park Point beach on Tuesday as part of an effort to raise the beach front and protect homes along the island. ] ALEX KOR

Duluth seeks long-term solution to Park Point erosion

A recent dredging project, a temporary fix, deposited old metal shards on beach.
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken

Duluth activists call on police to address racial disparities

Data show arrests, use of force target people of color disproportionately.
FILE-People line up for free lunch at CHUM Food Shelf in Duluth, MN on March 17, 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. Now the group is planning to b

Duluth's CHUM plans to purchase downtown motel for housing for homeless

The apartments would primarily serve the elderly and medically vulnerable.
The Schroeder family, including patriarch John who took time in the pool with son Aiden, was among a wave of people vacationing along Minnesota’s No

North Shore spring break? Resorts see uptick in tourism

Vaccine rollout and recent warm weather may be driving more visits. Some area resorts have already sold out for Easter weekend.
The Rev. Mike Schmitz of Duluth is recording the entire Bible in 365 podcast episodes.

'God is doing something': Duluth priest's daily Bible podcast tops charts, reaches millions

"Bible in a Year" soared to No. 1 on Apple's podcast charts, is still near the top.
Deb DeLuca, the executive director of the Duluth Port Authority cut a ribbon to officially open its new headquarters on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Duluth Port Authority moves back to the waterfront and new headquarters

The 2021 shipping season is slated to start next week.
Judge upholds charges against Duluth police officer who shot unarmed man

Judge upholds charges against Duluth police officer who shot unarmed man

Officer claims he heard shots before opening fire.
FILE-Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minn. The state park there is adding a drive-in campground.

Split Rock Lighthouse getting new 'drive-in' campground

The 46 new sites are on track to open this fall.
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, shown in 2019.

Former Cloquet police chief named Duluth deputy chief

Ex-Cloquet chief Steve Stracek will head the patrol division.
Grandma’s Marathon was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. This year’s races, held in June, will be capped at half capacity.

All eyes on Duluth as Grandma's Marathon becomes one of first big races in COVID era

Organizers of the Duluth event, scheduled for June 17-19, have teamed up with world experts on crowd control to devise a plan to safely host 9,500 runners in the three races.
FILE-Historic Old Central High School in Duluth.

Duluth officials aim to vacate Historic Old Central by fall to make way for apartments

Staff from programs currently housed in the building expressed concerns about relocation.
Jeremy Lambert, in his popular 1957 Chevy, took the checkered flag to win the feature race at the Lake Superior Ice Racing Association’s weekly even

On Lake Superior bay, ice racing puts a frozen twist on NASCAR

When temps drop enough, ice racing leagues pop up on frozen lakes in communities across the Midwest
The UMD women’s hockey team practiced Thursday at Amsoil Arena, one DECC space that’s been in semi-regular use.

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center seeks more state aid as recovery begins

Revenue at the publicly funded tourism draw dropped $5.8 million in 2020.
Duluth was looking to develop Lester Park Golf Course but didn’t receive any feasible offers.

Duluth to close Lester Park Golf Course

The city also plans to renovate its Enger Park course, Duluth's other public golf facility.
Brittney Merlot and her boyfriend, Mike, relaxed in the Cedar & Stone ice sauna after spending time in the traditional wood sauna on the shore of Lake

Embracing Finnish roots, Duluth business builds rare ice sauna

Owner wants to turn Duluth into sauna capital of North America
Stranded ice anglers await rescue off of Duluth's Lake Superior shoreline on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Darren Tilbury

Ice anglers stranded, rescued near Duluth: 'Lake Superior is not forgiving'

Their fishing equipment and beer are still floating up the North Shore, though.
A fire in November destroyed and collapsed the roof of the Pastoret Terrace building in downtown Duluth.

St. Louis County Board settles lawsuit over former Kozy Bar in downtown Duluth

Separate litigation between the city of Duluth and the property's former owner remains ongoing.
St. Louis County prosecutors say deputies justified in fatal shooting

St. Louis County prosecutors say deputies justified in fatal shooting

Two deputies shot and killed Estavon Elioff late last year.
FILE-A fire in November destroyed and collapsed the roof of the Pastoret Terrace building in downtown Duluth.

Duluth appeals district court order, again seeks demolition of former Kozy Bar

In late January, a judge ordered the city to brace the damaged property's exterior and prepare for future repairs.
Colleen Wallin mushed her sled dog team through the woods during a speed training run on January 26, 2021.    ] ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startrib

Minnesotan joins his mom in Beargrease Marathon: 'She just told me to race my own race'

Following in his mother's dog sled tracks, a young musher led his own team in the Beargrease.
Erin Letzring won the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon by the smallest margin in the race’s history. She beat out ex-husband Ryan Redington by seve

For Duluth native, ending first Beargrease with a win was a 'team effort'

Erin Letzring edged out her ex-hus­band in her first full marathon.
Erin Letzring celebrated with her lead dogs after she won the John Beargrease sled dog marathon by what organizers said was the smallest margins in hi

Beargrease finish is closest in race history

Erin Letzring of Skagway, Alaska, edged out defending champion Ryan Redington to become the first female musher to win the Duluth-to-Grand Portage race since 1998.
Jennifer Freking flew over the starting line with her excited team as the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon kicked off in Duluth on Sunday.

John Beargrease sled dog race carries on despite pandemic

After almost a year of canceled events and missed traditions due to COVID-19, participants and fans relished in the outdoors Sunday as the longest sled dog race in the Lower 48 kicked off.
Ethan Zimmerman, a Castle Danger Brewery warehouse specialist, works on dumping excess beer that had gone bad down the drain. The beer sat unused due

Down the drain: Castle Danger dumps beer as it pushes to 'free the growler'

Larger breweries are prohibited from selling growlers.
A still image from video shows a Gadsden flag as supporters of President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Cook County school district investigating principal's video that showed altered Gadsden flag

Cook County educator apologizes, says image was taken out of context.
A St. Louis County judge on Wednesday turned down the city’s request to demolish the former Kozy Bar and ordered officials to start work to stabiliz

Judge denies Duluth's request to demolish former Kozy Bar

The city must brace the property's exterior and seek estimates for further repairs.
Ryan Redington’s sled dog team, led by (left) Ghost and Henry ran down Old Highway 61 near Grand Portage, MN in the final leg of the John Beargrease

In a year of canceled traditions, Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is 'a bright spot'

Other dog sled races have been canceled, but the North Shore's Beargrease marathon will start Sunday, albeit with some modifications.
FILE-A bulldozer pushed dirt along ark Point beach while the Mesabi Miner pulled into Duluth Harbor last fall. The bulldozing is part of an effort to

Duluth dredging project dumped 1970s aluminum shards on Park Point beach

Environmentalists have argued the dredging project violates an old pact.
Duluth gears up for Viking cruises in 2022

Duluth gears up for Viking cruises in 2022

Officials hope the pandemic-stricken industry will come roaring back.
FILE - Over 2,000 runners competed in the William A. Irvin 5K race in downtown Duluth, as part of festivities leading up to Saturday’s Grandmas Mara

Grandma's Marathon on for June, but only at half of usual capacity

The country's 12th-largest marathon typically brings 20,000 participants and thousands of other visitors to Duluth each year.
Pam Carlson, left, and Amy McClure calmly discussed and debated the second impeachment of President Trump inside McKenzie’s Bar & Grill in Hermantow

Minnesotans clash over President Donald Trump's second impeachment

Some of Trump's supporters in Minnesota dismissed impeachment as a "ridiculous charade."
Attorney argues Duluth officer's shooting of unarmed man was justified by sound of gunshots

Attorney argues Duluth officer's shooting of unarmed man was justified by sound of gunshots

Jared Fyle, who was injured by the shots, said the noise was caused by him kicking and locking his door.
Former Duluth Police Officer Marc Johnson and his K-9 partner Oakley performed a demonstration for a Duluth community group in 2016.

Duluth approves $50,000 settlement in police dog attack

An off-duty K-9 bit an employee at a hotel in Warroad in 2018.
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken

Duluth Police want third deputy chief in response to calls for increased oversight

Chief Mike Tusken said he is responding to calls for more accountability following the death of George Floyd.
Ashley Thaemert took off from the starting line in front of a big crowd outside Billy’s bar in Duluth last January.

Beargrease sled dog race will go on, but with no fans

Health orders and budget woes created challenges, but organizers of sled dog race are still forging ahead.
On the verge of closing, Duluth Children's Museum stays afloat thanks to outpouring of donations

On the verge of closing, Duluth Children's Museum stays afloat thanks to outpouring of donations

The nonprofit attraction previously warned it was in danger of losing its new building.
The fall colors were near their their peak along the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais, Minn., in September.

New tower to bring cell service to Northern Minnesota's Gunflint Trail, parts of Boundary Waters

Some argue the wilderness should remain off the grid, but others say it's a public safety issue.
The sun rose over Spirit Mountain casting light on Lake Superior and downtown Duluth on Wednesday December 2, 2020.    ]ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@

Duluth passes budget with plan to draw $3.8 million from reserves

The city's financial state is less dire than what officials predicted earlier in 2020.
Health care officials Andrea Orest and Grace Grinager stood “one moose apart” in Grand Marais.

Cook County kept COVID at bay as visitors flooded in

Throughout this hectic summer tourism season, when businesses were at times overwhelmed by traffic, many residents worried: Would this be the week the out-of-towners caused a massive COVID-19 outbreak?