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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 Deputy Police Chief Jeremy Ellison addressed the media after he was named interim chief earlier this year.

St. Paul posts police chief job

Salary ranges from $132,000 and $180,000, far below what Minneapolis is offering.
Bikes sit parked in a Nice Ride kiosk at Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis on Monday.

Minneapolis and St. Paul want bike-shares without borders this summer

The goal, officials say, is to allow users to ride seamlessly between the cities.
Companies based in Bloomington and Minnetonka on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against St. Paul, arguing the city’s new rent control ordinance vi

Property owners file lawsuit challenging St. Paul's rent control law

They argue that the law violates their constitutional rights.
The construction of Interstate 94 tore a hole through St. Paul’s historically Black Rondo neighborhood. Some now think former residents should be th

St. Paul continues push for reparations for Black residents

But it remains unclear how such an effort will be funded or structured.
SPARK field director Shawn Daye delivered signed petitions for a ballot initiative to elections administrator Emily Hunt.

St. Paul organizers petition for property tax increase to cover preschool costs

The St. Paul All Ready for Kindergarten proposal aims to make preschool free for low-income families.
A biker watched skaters enjoy Gateway Park after temperatures dipped Tuesday night in St. Paul. After years of planning and building, the park at St.

Park opens on former Ford site in St. Paul, part of 'urban village'

St. Paul officials opened the city's newest park Tuesday, loudly celebrating the addition of green space on what was formerly a 122-acre industrial hub for Ford Motor Co.
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Paul on the first day of organize

St. Paul officials demand answers from city's trash haulers

After thousands of missed pickups, St. Paul officials are considering "every remedy available" to address the service failures.
Three designs have been created for a Mississippi River Learning Center on a 25-acre site in Crosby Farm Regional Park.

St. Paul unveils early designs for Mississippi River Learning Center

The city is asking for feedback on three design options.
This rendering shows one of the earlier plans for the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in Arden Hills. Alatus released this rendering of

Ramsey County rejects Arden Hills' plan for TCAAP development

After years of gridlock between the two levels of government, density remains the largest sticking point.
Madison Equities commissioned an architect to draw a rendering of what a housing development on top of downtown St. Paul’s Capital City Plaza parkin

Apartments could be built atop troubled St. Paul parking ramp

St. Paul's Madison Equities is poised to buy the financially struggling Capital City Plaza parking ramp.
Former Rep. John Lesch apologized for comments he made in 2018 about the St. Paul city attorney.

St. Paul city attorney settles defamation case against former DFL legislator

Former state Rep. John Lesch apologized for "any embarrassment or discomfort" he caused City Attorney Lyndsey Olson.
This May 4, 2020, photo showed the first patient enrolled in Pfizer’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland Scho

Judge: St. Paul can't require vaccine without union talks

The judge also found the city did not act in bad faith in effort to prevent COVID spread.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell retires Wednesday after 33 years with the force.

Todd Axtell retiring today as St. Paul police chief: 'He's going to be missed'

Minnesota native, who spent 33 years in the St. Paul Police Department, is planning to launch a consulting group.
A pole shed destroyed by a powerful storm Monday was seen Tuesday, May 31, outside Forada, Minn.

Minn. tornadoes, high winds destroy buildings and cut power

Reports of damage popped up across the state after the storms swept northeast through the state starting Monday afternoon, reaching the Twin Cities metro area about 7:30 p.m. Tornadoes were confirmed in several spots in western Minnesota.
The Duluth Harbor Cam captured the arrival of the Viking Octantis, which was enshrouded in fog as it floated into the harbor on Monday.

A foggy arrival for Duluth's first cruise ship in nearly a decade

A group of local ambassadors greeted tourists embarking on Viking's Great Lakes tour.
Minnesota Zoo keeper Amber Dunaway coaxed Matilda, an eight-year-old cow moose, into position for her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Ma

Minnesota zoo animals are getting their COVID shots, too

The two-dose series of the Zoetis vaccine is being distributed to animals deemed most at risk of contracting the virus.
Pedestrian struck and killed by car on Lake Street-Marshall Avenue Bridge

Pedestrian struck and killed by car on Lake Street-Marshall Avenue Bridge

The driver is cooperating with an investigation, which remains open.
St. Paul Public Library officials revealed the final design for the Hamline Midway Library, which will be demolished and replaced by a new facility on

St. Paul reveals final plans for $18M in upgrades to three libraries

The Hamline Midway Library, which was constructed in 1930, will undergo a complete rebuild.
Sister Rita Foster

Sister Rita Foster, who served the poor and protested violence, dies at 89

Sister Rita Foster was a Catholic nun who practiced tai chi chih daily, always stopped to remove dead leaves from trees and was arrested for…
From left, DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller and DFL Gov. Tim Walz walk to meet reporters in fro

Minnesota legislators try a Hail Mary on sports betting

With four days left in the legislative session, multiple tax and spending measures remain at a standstill.
Sen. Tina Smith and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter check out the interior of an Evie all-electric community rideshare vehicle, Friday, May 13, 2022 in S

Twin Cities leaders say electric vehicle carshare is off to a promising start

Since the February debut of Evie, users have logged more than 9,000 trips.
Relatives of Jaffort Smith have protested police brutality following his death in 2016.

Family files civil rights lawsuit against St. Paul, officers for fatal shooting of Jaffort Smith

A grand jury previously issued no charges against officers following the killing of Smith in 2016.
Como Zoo trainer Melanie Haut waves to the crowd alongside “Poppy” the sea lion during a Sparky the Sea Lion show Monday, May 9, 2022 at the Como

After four-year hiatus, the Sparky Show returns to Como Zoo stage

The show was reimagined in a new-and-improved habitat.
St. Paul Police Deputy Chief Jeremy Ellison, right, addressed the media Wednesday after he was introduced by Mayor Melvin Carter as interim chief of t

Jeremy Ellison named interim St. Paul police chief

Jeremy Ellison, who joined the department in 1999 and now serves as deputy chief, says he will not seek to fill the permanent role. "My main goal is stability," he said.
Street service worker Bradley Therres smooths asphalt over a pothole on Shepard Road.

St. Paul must stop assessing for street repairs, judge rules

Ramsey County district judge says charges to property owners for street maintenance work should be considered taxes, not fees.
Los Alegres Bailadores performed traditional Mexican folkloric dance on their float in the 2019 Cinco de Mayo parade in St. Paul. The festival is one

New rules, rising police costs force St. Paul festivals to fold

City leaders and police officials say they are trying to balance safety with community fun. They are also trying to not force taxpayers to supplement events.
St.Paul’s new rent control ordinance takes effect Sunday.

What you need to know about St. Paul's new rent control policy

As the city's rent stabilization ordinance officially takes effect, here are answers to some common questions.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell delivered remarks to the academy’s graduating staff and those attending their graduation ceremony Feb. 24, 2022, a

St. Paul names police chief selection committee

The group will start meeting to vet candidates in late May or early June.
Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy Michael Frank, left, acted as civil executioner and clerk Steven Ebling as notary as Wells Fargo attorney Eric Sherma

Just one bidder for St. Paul parking ramp sold at sheriff's sale

Parking revenue at Capital City Plaza ramp fell short of amount needed to pay off bonds used to build structure.
The Capital City Plaza parking ramp, located at 50 4th St. E. in St. Paul, has lost money ever since it was built by the city’s Port Authority in 20

Troubled city-built parking ramp in St. Paul heads to sheriff's sale

The property was foreclosed after the Port Authority defaulted on bond payments.
Housing Equity Now St. Paul, the group that petitioned and campaigned for rent control, held a news conference to ask city staff and elected officials

Tell us what you think about St. Paul's rent control policy

In November, St. Paul voters passed the Midwest's first rent control policy, which caps residential rent increases at 3% annually.
ReConnect Rondo’s vision calls for a 21-acre lid over Interstate 94 that would create space for an “African American cultural, enterprise distric

Advocates push back against GOP efforts to halt Rondo land bridge funding

The Legislature allocated $6.2 million for predevelopment work on the project last year.
Firefighters Cody Hazelett, left, and Justin Brigl spent some time in the Fire Station 14 sauna in St. Paul.

Can saunas decrease risk of cancer? St. Paul firefighters want to find out

The nonprofit St. Paul Fire Foundation raised funds to install an infrared sauna in each of the city's 15 stations.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul ends its COVID-19 state of emergency

The mayor no longer has the power to issue emergency executive orders, and a handful of city's remaining pandemic provisions are no longer in effect.
Early evidence suggests the passage of St. Paul’s new rent control law caused the growth rate of residential property values to lag behind other cit

St. Paul's rent control vote caused lag in housing sales prices, study says

Economists estimate that if voters had not passed an ordinance, residential property values would be 6-7% higher.
Apartment buildings are assessed and taxed at a higher rate than single family homes. As rental property sale prices have increased, and as rents have

St. Paul proposes process to request exceptions from rent control

The city's voter-approved ordinance is set to take effect May 1.
W. 7th Street business owners and neighbors in St. Paul say they have experienced violence and crime since Freedom House, a homeless day shelter, open

St. Paul likely to revert Freedom House day shelter to fire station

The shelter's lease and funding are set to expire this spring.
The St. Paul skyline, with City Hall on the left, as seen from Harriet Island Park.

St. Paul approves new City Council ward, precinct boundaries

Changes were relatively minor, but many said the process felt rushed and called for greater diversity on the Charter Commission.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, left, watched as St. Paul Police Academy graduate Kristina Ijomah received her badge and a handshake from Police Chief T

St. Paul to hire 80 new police officers with grant money, COVID aid

$3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and COVID relief aid will help cover some costs.
Housing Equity Now St. Paul, the group that petitioned and campaigned for rent control, held a news conference to ask city staff and elected officials

St. Paul budgets $635K for rent-control staff

Residents expressed frustrations about the lack of clarity surrounding exemption and complaint processes.
The Mississippi River, shown at Harriet Island Park at sunset.

St. Paul launches $4.5M tourism recovery grant program

The city is tapping into its federal pandemic relief.
Ann Fryklund of St. Paul waved a flag in the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day parade in St. Paul. After a two-year COVID hiatus, the parade returns this year.

After COVID-19 cancellations, Twin Cities pubs and parades prepare for St. Patrick's Day revival

Parades in St. Paul and Columbia Heights will be held after a two-year hiatus.
Minneapolis officials announced Sunday that they have selected a firm to help search for the city’s new police chief, who will replace Medaria Arrad

Minneapolis picks search firm to find 'reform-minded' chief; St. Paul also takes steps

St. Paul officials promised to release more details about their search process this week. The state's two largest cities face dual demands to rein in violent crime and take a more creative approach to public safety following George Floyd's murder.
Ramsey County is rolling back its mask mandate for county-operated buildings as federal health officials revise guidelines.

Ramsey County rolls back mask mandate for county buildings

New rule for visitors comes after CDC revises guidelines.
Gloria Massey, who was born in the Rondo neighborhood, showed old family photos to U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, who greeted seniors at the Hallie Q Brown Com

Rondo residents advocate for federal help to build land bridge over I-94

President Joe Biden's infrastructure package included $1 billion for projects to remedy racial inequities stemming from U.S. highway designs.
Minneapolis and St. Paul lifted their indoor mask mandates on Feb. 24, 2022. The rules were put in place on Jan. 5, 2022, to address an outbreak of co

Minneapolis, St. Paul lift indoor mask mandates — except in city-run buildings

The mayors in both cities said they were encouraged by decreasing COVID-19 case counts.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter gave his annual state of the city speech Tuesday.

St. Paul's Carter proposes using federal pandemic aid for new officers, gun safes

In a sweeping address, Mayor Carter announced proposals that would tap into $166 million the city received from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
Brent Hanson and bartender Justin Fowler visited at Dusty’s Bar in northeast Minneapolis in January after the mask mandate went into effect in the c

As omicron fades, Mpls., St. Paul maintain mask mandates

Some other governments — at the local, state and national levels — have already rolled back mask mandates as the omicron wave recedes. Minneapolis and St. Paul have not.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in 2019.

St. Paul Council weighs end to Mayor Carter's pandemic powers

Council members said they were given little notice over the mayor's recently rescinded vaccine-or-test mandate for bars and restaurants and found themselves fielding questions and criticism from constituents about a policy they didn't design.
In late October, Police Chief Todd Axtell said he would not seek reappointment when his term expires this spring.

St. Paul City Council calls on mayor to hasten search for new police chief

Police Chief Todd Axtell has said he will not seek reappointment after his current term ends this spring.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell sent a letter to Mayor Melvin Carter expressing concerns that officers are leaving the city for higher wages at othe

St. Paul police chief urges mayor to increase officers' wages

In a letter last week, Chief Todd Axtell wrote that the department is at risk of losing officers to better-paying agencies.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter at Rice Park: “I know the entire pandemic has been traumatic for, in particular, our hospitality industry.”

Mayor Melvin Carter discusses decision to end St. Paul's vaccine-or-test requirement

The rule was lifted Thursday.
St. Paul reveals early plans for 1.5-mile river balcony

St. Paul reveals early plans for 1.5-mile river balcony

The proposed promenade is part of a greater plan to connect residents and downtown with the Mississippi River.
Housing Equity Now St. Paul, the group that petitioned and campaigned for rent control, held a news conference Wednesday at St. Paul City Hall to ask

Opponents, supporters of rent control in St. Paul seek answers

A spokesman for Mayor Melvin Carter said updates would be available "in the coming days."
“With a promising downward trend of case counts in Ramsey County, we look forward to discontinuing the requirement as soon as possible,” St. Paul

St. Paul poised to end vaccine order for restaurants, bars

Mayor Melvin Carter is 'hopeful' that he will be able to lift the city's order by the end of the week. St. Paul's vaccine requirement was set to expire 40 days after it was enacted on Jan. 19.
Michael Bustamente, cq, led children with a numbers game during his pre-school class at the Rainbow Child Development Center, in St. Paul, Minn., on T

St. Paul coalition seeks to ask voters to fund early childhood education through property tax hike

The referendum would increase the city's property tax levy to provide free early childhood education to low-income families.
Amir Locke’s father, Andre Locke, spoke about the deep sorrow he felt reading the police department’s initial statement about the shooting, in whi

Protest of police killing of Amir Locke draws hundreds to Mpls.

The city is once again mired in a bitter conversation about race, policing and no-knock warrants. The moment — the grieving, the outrage, the questions — exacerbated feelings of dread and exhaustion.
A car from Evie was parked next to an EV charging station on Wacouta Street near the Union Depot on Wednesday in St. Paul.

New electric vehicle car-sharing program Evie debuts in Twin Cities

Evie Carshare will eventually bring 171 electric vehicles and 70 charging stations to St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Lee Krueger of the St. Paul Port Authority, left, with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. Krueger was involved in some of the city’s biggest redevelopmen

Lee Krueger to step down as St. Paul Port Authority president

As president of the agency, Krueger led significant development projects in the capital city.
Every Minnesota county and more than 140 cities signed onto a massive settlement that could bring up to $296 million to the state to help respond to t

Last eligible Minnesota city signs on to $300M opioid settlement

Holdout city Burnsville opted into the settlement one day before the deadline.
Renters and community members organized by Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia protested moves to end the state’s evicition moratorium over the summer.

State announces Friday deadline for rental assistance applications

Officials say Minnesota is running out of federal funds for the program.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in downtown’s Rice Park, explained new pandemic measures and how he plans to follow through on rent control.

Q&A with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: Crime, rent control and his biggest challenge

After residents resoundingly elected him to a second term, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter doubles down on plans to tackle issues like public safety, housing and more.
The St. Paul City Council recently approved changes to its zoning code that will make it easier for residents to build tiny homes and other medium-den

St. Paul zoning changes pave the way for smaller homes, cottage clusters

City leaders are also considering more substantial zoning code changes.
A fence was placed around the perimeter of the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in St. Paul.

St. Paul prepares for ex-officers' federal trial in George Floyd killing

Former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights. Although security won't reach the level of the Derek Chauvin trial, business owners and residents say preparations are unlike anything they've seen.
A patron received a wristband after she showed a State Theatre employee her vaccination card and ID on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Mpls. and St. Paul won't require vaccines for restaurant workers

Following public criticism, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also removed a provision that required some young children to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
A large collection of driftwood floats on the river at Hidden Harbor Marina on the Mississippi River on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in St. Paul Park.

St. Paul City Council poised to declare climate emergency

All seven council members indicated they will vote Wednesday to support the measure, which calls on the state and federal governments to help cities develop climate action plans and build more sustainable infrastructure.
Gail Nelson with the Hennepin Theatre Trust, left, checked the ID of Dorothy Hamman after seeing her vaccination status in an app on her phone in the

Minneapolis, St. Paul to require vaccine proof for bars, eateries

The moves come as an increasing number of large, Democrat-led cities across the country are adopting similar rules.
The setting sun illuminated the St. Paul skyline, with City Hall on the left, as seen from Harriet Island Park.

St. Paul might allow (slightly) stronger drinks at picnic pavilions

Currently, residents must obtain a permit to drink anything stronger than 3.2 beer at city parks.
Tony Moline, general manager of Bulldog Lowertown in St. Paul. placed a sign about the mask mandate on Thursday, when it was due to return.

Fear, frustration, resolve resurface in Minneapolis, St. Paul as COVID again disrupts city life

Mask mandates are back. Businesses are shutting, and people are hunkering down.
Masked employees in the Linden Hills Coop in Minneapolis after the first mandate was imposed in May 2020.

Minneapolis, St. Paul reinstate indoor mask mandates

Mayors from both cities were citing a rise in COVID-19 cases from the fast-spreading omicron variant.
A St. Paul City Council meeting held at Como Lakeside Pavilion in October.

St. Paul Mayor Carter opposes City Council's return to in-person meetings

The council will meet in City Hall on Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years.
Surrounded by family on a cold afternoon, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter was sworn in for his second term as mayor on Monday at the Como Lakeside Pavili

St. Paul Mayor Carter begins second term, vows reinvention

After a resounding re-election, Carter pledges to "institutionalize" work begun in his first term.
Council President Amy Brendmoen, center, spoke during a St. Paul City Council meeting at Como Lakeside Pavilion in October.

Tension grows between St. Paul mayor, council on rent control

City Council members have repeatedly asked for clarity on the new ordinance and its implementation.
A health care worker prepared a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at an Oklahoma County Health Department Vaccine Clinic in Oklahoma City o

Amid union lawsuits, St. Paul postpones vaccine mandate for all city employees

Temporary restraining order for police and fire unions applies until questions related to state labor laws are settled.
The bronze sculpture “Indian Hunter and His Dog,” by Paul Manship, at Cochran Park in St. Paul.

Stolen bronze goose that disappeared from St. Paul park is found

The missing sculpture was located after someone attempted to turn it into a recycling center as scrap metal.