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Andy Mannix

Reporter | Minneapolis city government
Phone: 612-673-4036
Location: Minneapolis
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Andy Mannix covers Minneapolis city government for the Star Tribune. He joined the paper in January 2016, and previously covered in-depth criminal justice and mass incarceration, with a data bent. 


"Mannix teaches at the University of Minnesota journalism school, of which he's an alumnus. He holds a master's degree from University of California-Berkeley. His work for the Star Tribune includes investigative reports on the use of solitary confinement in Minnesota prisons, how Minneapolis police inappropriately urged paramedics to sedate people with ketamine and why a bottleneck in mental health care wasted millions of taxpayers dollars while delaying treatment from those who most need it. He's also covered enterprise and breaking news topics, including several high-profile officer-involved shootings in the Twin Cities region in recent years. Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Mannix wrote about a variety of topics, such as crime, LGBT rights and politics, for publications including The Seattle Times, MinnPost, City Pages and The Minnesota Daily. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife. "
Recent content from Andy Mannix
Officer Mohamed Noor’s weapon, a 9mm Glock, part of the evidence presented in his trial and made available for public viewing Friday.

Evidence tells grim story of the night a police officer killed Justine Damond

The courts allowed the public to come view the evidence against Mohamed Noor for the first time since the guilty verdict.
A 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America has undergone more procedures, his family said.

Boy thrown from MOA balcony undergoing more procedures

An update from the 5-year-old's family says they are for "non-life threatening complications" related to the fall.
An Anoka County deputy who encountered two submerged fawns in Oak Grove had to give one CPR, which was caught on the body camera.

Oh, deer: Minn. deputy saves drowning fawn by giving CPR

And in Ely, another officer had to administer "a verbal warning" to a persistent deer who wouldn't leave a man and his dog alone.

Suspect seriously injured by deputy's beanbag round in Morrison County

The suspect was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Sharon Rolenc spoke in 2017 of her son's ordeal spending 341 days in solitary confinement as NAMI director Sue Abderholden and bill sponsor Rep. Nick

Solitary confinement reforms poised to pass Legislature

Minnesota lawmakers plan to vote on what would be the state's first law governing the use of solitary confinement in prisons, limiting the use of…
Warren Kelly took a sip of his dirty martini as he sat with his wife, Patty, at Terzo Thursday night. The contemporary Italian restaurant and wine bar

Minneapolis neighborhood restaurants gear up to serve cocktails

Two dozen eateries applied for liquor licenses for the first time. With about 70 restaurants in the city eligible, more applications are likely on the way.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, walked into the Hennepin County Courthouse for the verdict in the shooting death of Justine Ru

Media coalition fights for access to evidence in Noor murder trial

The motion opposes a request to block public viewing of exhibits.
Jeffrey Ho is a sheriff’s deputy, doctor and Taser advocate — mixed allegiances that have raised questions.

Minnesota state senator calls on Hennepin Healthcare to close conflict-of-interest 'loopholes'

Sen. Jeff Hayden called it "repulsive" that a doctor was testifying on behalf of a police stun gun manufacturer.
Jeffrey Ho is a sheriff’s deputy, doctor, and Taser advocate — mixed allegiances that have raised questions.

Doctor says police, Taser work saves lives; others see conflict

Jeffrey Ho is a sheriff's deputy, HCMC doctor, and Taser advocate — mixed allegiances that have raised questions.
Judge Kathryn Quaintance

Prosecutor asks judge to prohibit public from seeing Noor trial evidence

Prosecutor seeks to hold back some exhibits, such as death scene images, saying the public's right to inspect evidence after the trial is "not absolute."
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Member Linea Palmisano and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, from left, listened Tuesday night as an audience memb

After Noor verdict, Minneapolis residents say they're more concerned than ever over police conduct

The concern was shared at a listening session with some of the city's top leaders, held in the neighborhood where Justine Ruszczyk Damond lived.
Justine Damond's family headed into the Hennepin Government Center before the verdict was read on Tuesday.

Civil rights suit against Noor, Minneapolis moves forward after conviction

The City Council held a closed session to discuss the $50 million civil rights lawsuit brought by Justine Ruszczyk Damond's family.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender spoke to attendees of a council meeting in January 2018. Bender has been speaking to government leaders

U.S. cities, states see Mpls. as model for solving affordable housing crisis

As the City Council begins to implement the new zoning policies, other cities will be watching to see what happens — including what happens come election time.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced on Friday an agreement with the police union on banning the controversial warrior-style training.

Mpls. police union, mayor still at odds over 'warrior' training ban

The union said the mayor misrepresented an agreement this week.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey delivered his second State of the City address Thursday.

Minneapolis to ban 'warrior' training for police, Frey says

Mayor Jacob Frey said Minneapolis will likely be the first city to ban the training, which critics say creates a higher likelihood for an unecessary use-of-force encounter with the public.
Aaron Thomas Schaer, 45, moved to the navigation center (tents in background) after an extended stay at the Hiawatha encampment. Schaer is struggling

Solutions elusive as Minneapolis' temporary homeless shelter nears closing

City, county officials and others met Friday to take stock in the navigation center — and where to go next.
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance

Judge in Noor case reverses herself; video evidence will be shown to entire courtroom

A coalition of media and open government groups opposed Judge Kathryn Quaintance's earlier decision to shield the evidence.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, leaves the Hennepin County Government Center after the first day of jury selection with his at

Judge skeptical in showing key video to reporters for Noor trial

News outlets argue that it's key evidence in trial.
Ron Harris, chief resilience officer for the city of Minneapolis, first saw the news on Twitter.

Minneapolis losing grant funding for 'resilience' officer

The job eventually may be funded through the city's general fund.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, heads into court to stand trial Monday on murder charges for killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a Minneap

News outlets step up challenge to restrictions on bodycam video in Noor trial

In a court filing, a press coalition says the First Amendment prohibits blocking the public from seeing evidence in the courtroom.
Hennepin County Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson

Minnesota media outlets push back on access restrictions for Noor trial

A coalition of news organizations say the limitations will hinder coverage of the much-anticipated trial.
Mohamed Noor, left.

Judge limits media, public access to fired Mpls. officer's murder trial

With Mohamed Noor's trial set to begin Monday, Judge Kathryn L. Quaintance cited the need to preserve "order and decorum."
Village Financial, whose creation was spurred on by the death of Philando Castile in 2016, seeks to financially support Black residents in north Minne

Minneapolis' only black-led credit union plans to open this year

A City Council committee approved new details on its contract with Association of Black Economic Power, the nonprofit behind Village Financial Cooperative.
Soggy parking tickets stick to a vehicle nestled tightly in a wall of snow near the greenway in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Minneapolis will lift winter parking restrictions Friday morning

St. Paul made a similar move on Thursday.
A spell of good weather led St. Paul to lift its parking ban 11 days ahead of schedule.

St. Paul to lift parking restrictions at noon Thursday

Parking restrictions for one side of residential streets ended 11 days early.
Ron Harris, the new chief resilence officer for the city of Minneapolis

Ron Harris will lead Minneapolis' resilience effort

The city of Minneapolis has hired Ron Harris as its new chief resilience officer, a grant-funded position that will focus on affordable housing, climate change…
Minneapolis City Hall.

Filmers of Minneapolis police may get city's approval after the fact

Crew recorded women officers in Minneapolis without formal approval.
The event allows the public to explore the city’s architecture behind the scenes, including the Witch’s Hat water tower.

Minneapolis to open more than 100 buildings to the public for civic celebration

The event is designed to allow the public to explore the city's architecture behind the scenes.
Supporters of the $15 minimum wage for St. Paul rallied in front of Walmart in the Midway area in November of last year.

Minneapolis' $15 minimum wage affirmed by appeals court

A divided Minnesota Court of Appeals panel upheld Minneapolis' $15 minimum wage ordinance, marking a victory for the city in the first major challenge of the labor law.
Stephen Frenz

Minneapolis seeks independent administrator for troubled landlord's properties

About 1,000 tenants in 18 buildings tied to Stephen Frenz are stuck in limbo as the case proceeds.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, seen in 2017, had been selected to lead an investigation into ketamine use during Minneapolis police calls

Sally Yates: 'Important questions' unanswered in nixed ketamine probe

Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo defended the unfinished investigation into ketamine and cops.
Dr. Jon Pryor, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, which operates HCMC in Minneapolis.

Hennepin Healthcare CEO's resignation comes amid financial woes

The hospital system is expected to run about a $15 million budget deficit for 2018 and projects that to grow to around $20 million in 2019, according to two board members.
Dr. Jon Pryor, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, which operates HCMC in Minneapolis.

CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, which operates HCMC, to resign

Pryor confirmed he's resigning but deferred to the hospital board as to the explanation.
The Commons in Minneapolis has been mired in litigation since its inception.

Judge gives Minneapolis 90 days to determine next steps for Commons Park

A Hennepin County judge said the city can no longer operate Commons Park, a 4.2-acre green space next to U.S. Bank Stadium, beginning in May.

City Council pushes forward energy regulations for Minneapolis property owners

New policy would add an energy test to pre-sale home inspections.
Pedestrians made their way along Nicollet Mall where the trees on the newly redesigned area are dying en masse in June 2018. The city may have to repl

Replacing Nicollet Mall trees to cost Mpls. taxpayers $240,000

When the trees began wilting en masse last summer, public works officials assured the public any necessary replacements would be covered financially by a warranty.

Stuck at home with your kids this week and not getting paid? Your employer may be breaking the law

Can’t go into work because you’re watching the kids due to school cancellations this week? How about an elderly family member whose care center has…
In this June 2018 file photo, Hennepin Healthcare's chief medical officer, Dr. William Heegaard, spoke at a news conference about the hospital's studi

HCMC-funded reviews find no patients harmed in ketamine research

The hospital contracted several outside investigations into its research in response to community uproar last summer.
Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, shown at a 2016 news conference.

Minneapolis City Council committee votes against filmmaker access to police

No one seems to know why the contract didn't come to the council beforehand.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, shown in 2017 before her resignation in the aftermath of officer Mohamed Noor's fatal shooting of Justine Rusz

Public defender questions Mpls. police agreement with film crew

The arrangement will apply retroactively to April 2017, however, and police say the filming of a documentary on female officers is all but completed.
Ravi Norman, Thor Companies CEO, shown last year outside the company's new headquarters.

Thor Companies runs into financial bind, raising questions

It comes months after the state's largest minority-owned company moved into a new North Side headquarters partially funded by Hennepin County.
Dave and Lisa Heller ate at the counter at Pizzeria Lola, in line to be the first neighborhood restaurant to get a full liquor license.

Liquor: Coming soon to a Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant near you

Last year, Minneapolis residents voted with a 72 percent majority to ditch the spacing requirement, which meant restaurants were only eligible to serve liquor if they were located within a 7-acre area of commercially zoned businesses.
Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins.

Mpls. City Council VP plans forum on race after barista confronted her in cafe

The barista was fired by Blackeye Roasting Co after the Dec. 18 incident with Andrea Jenkins.
The Commons in Minneapolis has been mired in litigation since its inception.

Judge: City of Minneapolis can't operate Commons park

The lawsuit says the city gave a sweetheart deal to the Vikings at taxpayer expense. Come Jan. 21, it's unclear who will operate the downtown park. Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said her office plans to appeal.
Two researchers in leadership positions at HCMC have served as medical advisers for Axon, formerly known as Taser International.

Taser, Hennepin Healthcare have a research relationship

Axon, formerly known as Taser International, paid Hennepin Healthcare more than $1.1 million for consulting and other fees since 2005, according to hospital contract records.
Carol Becker, shown in 2011.

Blogger, Minneapolis official settle legal claims over Wedge Live moniker

John Edwards and Carol Becker — an elected member of the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation — both claimed victory.
In 2014, dozens of shell casings littered the street outside HCMC after a shooting.

Hennepin Healthcare cuts ties with sheriff, considers armed security

Hennepin Healthcare says shift to private security will be safer, but officials disagree.
Gabriel Rodreick lay on a mat surrounded by his fellow performers as they practiced at the Cowles Center for the upcoming performance.

A Dance of Healing

Through music and movement, Gabriel Rodreick tells his story of living with a spinal-cord injury.
“Chief Arradondo and I will not tolerate conduct that departs from our values.”
Statement from Mayor Jacob Frey

Two Mpls. police officers on leave over racist Christmas tree decorations

As a "prank," an officer decorated a tree in the north Minneapolis precinct with ornaments many called racist.
Council member Phillipe Cunningham reacted to being mentioned in a commentators speech saying he tweeted insensitively about opponents of the 2040 Com

Plan to scale back 2040 plan fails in Minneapolis

In a three-hour meeting, the City Council sorted out only a fraction of about 150 amendments to the plan on the agenda.
The sidewalk outside Aqua Nightclub and Lounge in Minneapolis was filled with patrons just before closing time early Sunday in September.

After shooting, Aqua Nightclub in Minneapolis closes indefinitely

Nightclub threw one last bash before disappearing.

Lawsuit alleges hospital improperly sedated woman with ketamine, enrolled her in study

She alleges paramedics unnecessarily injected her with ketamine after 911 call.
Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Fletcher talked to employees at the Xstream Cuisine Caribbean food truck after hours in the club district.

New tactic for Mpls. bar-close safety: 'Make downtown fun again'

Downtown businesses cautiously optimistic new strategy is calming after-hours chaos.
Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat was critical of Hennepin Healthcare's transparency in the ketamine case.

Hennepin Co. leader irked media had to inform him on ketamine case

Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat voiced frustration Tuesday with Hennepin Healthcare's top leadership for a lack of transparency about their handling of the hospital's now-halted ketamine research.
Colleen Kepler is a Minneapolis resident who attended Monday’s meeting to state her opposition to the city’s 2040 plan in its current form.

Hundreds show up to sound off on Minneapolis 2040 plan

The Minneapolis Planning Commission spent four hours listening to impassioned testimony from an overflow crowd over how the city should lay groundwork for anticipated growth over the next 22 years.
Ketamine may be administered by IV bag.

FDA: Hennepin Healthcare flouted patient safety rules in sedation studies

It accused Hennepin Healthcare of expediting research and not providing patient protections.
Minneapolis resident Janne Flisrand on the front porch of her fourplex. Minneapolis planners had proposed a long-range plan allowing fourplexes citywi

Critics dominate first round of comments on Mpls. 2040 plan, with a second to come

The public can comment Monday on a revised Minneapolis 2040 Plan.
Swan

Pioneering automotive journalist and editor Tony Swan dies at 78

The legendary automotive journalist worked at newspapers and magazines across the country, including as executive editor for Car and Driver.
Loyola-Chicago fans cheer their team on against Michigan during the semifinals of last year's NCAA Final Four in San Antonio..

Minneapolis OKs $900k subsidy for 2019 men's Final Four

Officials expect to make $1.75M on the event.
Security checked IDs at the front door of Aqua nightclub in 2014. After three were shot inside the club early Monday, Minneapolis is considering revok

Minneapolis may yank license of Aqua nightclub after shooting

City inspectors had warned the club about its security precautions, council member says.

Minneapolis' inspections chief leaving to run Duluth's city government

Noah Schuchman has told Mayor Jacob Frey he's leaving Nov. 2.
Damage was evident inside the halls of the building on Aldrich Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Tenants ordered out of Mpls. apartment building when cracks appear after nearby excavation

Cracks appeared in the building this summer after the start of excavation for a new building nearby. Tenants were given less than 72 hours' notice Friday to vacate the building.
Minneapolis resident Janne Flisrand on the front porch of her fourplex. Minneapolis planners had proposed a long-range plan allowing fourplexes citywi

Bring on the bulldozers? Mpls. officials say that's not in the comp plan

Scott Busyn says he doesn’t want to bulldoze your neighborhood. President of Edina-based Great Neighborhood Homes, Busyn is among developers who see a business opportunity…
Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled the first "Know-Your-ICE-Rights" placards in MPD squad cars with Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal, immigration defense

Mpls. mayor, officers clash over displaying placard in squad cars

Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday that cities need to step up protections for immigrants during police encounters.
Aaron Lee and Katie Szczepaniak

Aaron Lee of band Red Daughters shot in NE. Mpls. street robbery

Robbery along a busy nightlife corridor looked like it was over — but then the gunman fired.
Rowena Holmes, a crime prevention specialist with Minneapolis police, was shouted down by attendees at a council meeting about the Thurman Blevins kil

New Mpls. City Council struggles to maintain control of chamber

Protesters and others have been heckling, interrupting and derailing meetings.

Minneapolis proposal would require builders to create more affordable units

Developers would have to build percentage of homes for lower-income tenants.

Minneapolis tax board approves 5.7 percent rise in levy ceiling

Boost will provide money for city services, other funding priorities.
The new version of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan pulls back some of the original density goals, including rezoning all residential areas to

After 10,000 comments, revised Mpls. 2040 plan is released

Supporters say it doesn't go far enough, while detractors still dislike the citywide upzoning.
Gas bills

Utility fees now rival tax bills in Minneapolis

Owning a home is becoming more expensive in Minneapolis, and it's not just the booming real estate market.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, seen in 2017, had been selected to lead an investigation into ketamine use during Minneapolis police calls

Mpls. City Council rejects contract with Sally Yates to investigate ketamine use

Before voting 10-3 against the contract, several council members said paying Yates' firm $195,000 did not make fiscal sense
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2017.

Minneapolis set to pay Sally Yates $195K for ketamine investigation

The former acting U.S. attorney general will lead a probe into whether police crossed the line.
Minneapolis resident Janne Flisrand on the front porch of her fourplex. Minneapolis planners had proposed a long-range plan allowing fourplexes citywi

Mpls. planners eye triplexes, not fourplexes, citywide

City planners are scaling back some of their most far-reaching density goals for future development after facing criticism over a plan to allow fourplexes in every neighborhood.
Tilia owner Steven Joel Brown offered wine to customers Chelsey Ireland, left, and Claire Fechter on Tuesday. Brown said a charter change would even t

Neighborhood eateries in Minneapolis fight to serve cocktails, hard liquor

Minneapolis restaurant owners seek city charter change via voters to discard another decades-old restriction on the sale of alcohol in the city.
Changing how people interact with their city is not an easy job. Right now, 90 percent of trips in Minneapolis are taken by car, according to city dat

Mpls. 2040 plan tries to put the brakes on city's car culture

To make 2014 goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, planners say the city needs to reduce driving trips in Minneapolis by 37%.
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