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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
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?
Duluth cop 'off duty indefinitely' after shooting through door

Duluth cop 'off duty indefinitely' after shooting through door

Duluth officer wounded unarmed man after firing through apartment door.
A fire in November destroyed and collapsed the roof of the Pastoret Terrace building in downtown Duluth.

Duluth again pushes for demolition of former Kozy Bar after fire damage

The city says the new damage made the building "a ticking time bomb."
Residents of Grand Marais and other northern Minnesota communities flocked to Seagull Lake starting from Dec. 3-6, when the wild ice was perfect for s

Skating the Boundary Waters: 'Wild ice' had locals dropping everything

Residents say conditions have been 'exceptional' this year.
About 20 people gathered to rally in the lobby of Duluth City Hall before the City Council voted to ban conversion therapy a year ago. Now the council

Duluth considers forming LGBT Commission

The group would advise the mayor and City Council on policies.
FILE-Duluth Judge Shaun Floerke chatted with defendants as they checked in during DWI court in 2017. Floerke is stepping down after 16 years on the be

Veteran Duluth judge to step down to lead community foundation

Judge Shaun Floerke hopes to attack the issues he sees in his courtroom from a new angle.

Duluth police officer charged with felonies after shooting unarmed man in apartment

Tyler Leibfried fired six shots through closed door, one hitting man inside, after believing he heard gunshots.
Trainees practiced ground-fighting techniques during defensive-tactics class at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minn.

As veteran police officers retire across state, recruiting is a tough sell

"We are about to lose hundreds of years of experience."
Vikre Distillery in Duluth sat empty, its chairs stacked on tables, during the first state shutdown of bars and restaurants earlier this year.

Where have all the workers in Duluth gone?

Unemployment rate shrinks again, but largely as more people leave the workforce.
Lilian Reing, 6, from Cook, Minn. stuck her head out of the sunroof as her family drove through the first tunnel of lights.

Live-streamed and socially distanced, Duluth traditions carry on

Bentleyville Tour of Lights can't be walked this year, but many are happy to see it on wheels.
Duluth firefighters worked to quell flames in a three-story building downtown Saturday, Nov. 21.

Fire strikes downtown Duluth warehouse

Part of the roof collapsed, but officials do not believe anyone was in the building when it caught fire.
Vice President Mike Pence waved to a crowd of about 650 people at Range Regional Airport in Hibbing in late October. Duluth airport officials rejected

Duluth airport refused to host Pence after Trump rally flouted safety rules

After Trump event flouted safety rules, vice president had to move to Hibbing.
Glensheen Mansion is asking visitors, like Lori Schafer, to come sooner rather than later to avoid any state shutdown.

North Shore's balancing act: How to 'stay safe and stay open'

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, northeastern Minnesota officials are grappling with how to promote public health without hurting the local businesses in desperate need of tourism traffic.
FILE-Sophie Gray Spehar disinfected each table in her art classroom in September at Duluth’s Piedmont Elementary School. Duluth schools will soon re

Northern Minnesota on defense as virus rages unabated

Community spread is rampant in Duluth and beyond.
The Duluth Police Department will switch to an emergency schedule after one-fourth of the department is in quarantine.

With chief, a fourth of staff in quarantine, Duluth police switch to emergency footing

DULUTH – The police department is switching to an emergency staffing schedule after roughly a quarter of employees were forced to quarantine due to COVID-19.Duluth…
Duluth police Sgt. Steven Ring disinfected his squad car after his shift. The department has been hit by soaring numbers in the Northland, though it w

Duluth resumes COVID-19 restrictions as virus affects police

An undisclosed number of police officers have been required to quarantine due to the virus.
Duluth firefighters worked at putting out a fire at the former Paul Robeson Ballroom and Kozy Bar on Sunday morning.

Fire creates new uncertainties in legal battle over Duluth's historic Kozy Bar

Sunday's blaze followed one in April at the vacant property.
Ely Mayor Chuck Novak lost to Eric Urbas, who dropped out of the race.

Ely candidate who quit mayor's race gets election night surprise

DULUTH – Eric Urbas watched presidential election results trickle in from Illinois, where he was staying overnight for a work trip Tuesday. He wasn’t paying…
Ashley Grimm

Ashley Grimm elected to St. Louis County Board

DULUTH – Newcomer Ashley Grimm will serve as the only woman on the St. Louis County Board after winning Tuesday’s race for an empty seat…
Tim Nesgoda waved a U.S. flag with a group of around 35 Joe Biden supporters who gathered in Duluth on Tuesday evening.

Despite attention, Trump gained little ground on Iron Range

  Hibbing, Minn. – Despite unprecedented attention from the president’s campaign this year, Iron Range voters were not swayed. St. Louis County as a whole…
Kristine Smoley, wife of Itasca County’s “patient one,” Bob Schlicht, gave the OK for an experimental COVID-19 thyroid treatment at Essentia Hea

Experimental therapy may speed COVID recovery

Duluth patients were among the first to get an experimental treatment that uses a thyroid hormone to mitigate lung failure. It's now part of a Phase 2 FDA study.
Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Kelly Swearingen, outside Grand Marais’ City Hall, will go head-to-head in the city’s mayor election.

In Grand Marais mayoral race, congeniality provides refreshing change

GRAND MARAIS, MINN. – In an era of often overheated political clashes, something surprising happened during a candidate forum in this tiny city on the…