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Andy Mannix

Reporter | Minneapolis city government
Phone: 612-673-4036
Andy Mannix is a reporter covering Minneapolis city government. He's previously worked for MinnPost, The Seattle Times, City Pages and the Minnesota Daily. He studied journalism at the University of Minnesota and UC-Berkeley. He can be reached on Signal at 651-247-4462.
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City Council President Lisa Bender is helping lead an effort for stronger tenant rights.

Minneapolis Council looks to create 'renters' bill of rights'

City leaders say tenants need protections against landlords as rent costs increase.
Carol Becker (shown in 2011) is an elected official in Minneapolis who is trying to do business under the named "WedgeLive," which a blogger currently

Blogger battles with Mpls. official over rights to name

John Edwards says an elected official in Minneapolis is trying to co-opt the name of his blog to silence criticism.
Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll, shown last month. Kroll attributed the outrage from Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council members to the

Mpls. police union head defends Pawlenty mailer from council criticisms

Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the city's police union, disputes the idea that he broke any city policies with the promotional literature for Tim Pawlenty's campaign for governor.
The Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Cyberattackers infiltrate Hennepin County workers' e-mails

The FBI is investigating what county officials are calling a sophisticated phishing scam that may have compromised private data.
Council Member Cam Gordon discussed his amendment proposal as Council Member Alondra Cano listened.

Power struggle over Minneapolis police appears dead this year

The city's charter commission will take the rest of the year to study the proposal in lieu of putting it on this year's ballot.
Former governor Tim Pawlenty.

Aug. 3: Mpls. mayor, council members condemn Pawlenty mailer with officers

Mayor Jacob Frey cited several city policies the officers may have broken by appearing in the political ad in uniform.

Mpls. council OKs measure to divide authority over police

But officials doubt the measure will reach ballot in time for fall voting.

Mpls. police oversight charter faces long odds

Council President Lisa Bender, who's been supportive of the charter change, was not optimistic that it will pass in time to get on the ballot this year, but said that doesn't mean it couldn't be put to voters in the future.
Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon discussed his amendment proposal last month as Council Member Alondra Cano listened.

Mpls. City Council advances plan to take some police oversight from mayor

The vote came after only a loud marathon meeting that showcased community dissatisfaction.
On multiple occasions, in the presence of Minneapolis police, Hennepin Healthcare EMS workers injected people who already appeared to be restrained wi

Mpls. police oversight office calls for stronger policy in ketamine report

After six weeks, the city released its full report Thursday into how police interacted with paramedics in sedating patients.
In May, Steven Suffridge headed to his janitor's job at the McDonald's franchise at 210 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis.

McDonald's to pay $20K for Mpls. minimum wage violations

The settlement marks the first major victory for workers since the new law went into effect.
Ketamine may be administered by IV bag.

Complaint filed over Hennepin Healthcare's ketamine research

Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, has asked for federal investigations of paramedics' sedating people.
Minneapolis City Council members, shown in January, say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs significant changes.

Feeling the heat, Minneapolis council members say 2040 plan must change

Members say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs to strike a better balance.
Council Member Cam Gordon discussed his amendment proposal as Council Member Alondra Cano listened.

Mpls. City Council moves forward on shared oversight of police

The council's 10-2 vote came over the opposition of Mayor Jacob Frey, who currently has sole authority over police.
Mayor Jacob Frey

Mayor Frey speaks out about council bid for more power over police

Jacob Frey is lining up opposition to a proposed change in MPD oversight.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and MInneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins, shown in January, are among the local speakers planned for Local Progress

Urban leaders converge in Minneapolis to discuss 'blue city' agendas

National organizers say they chose the city for its "progressive energy."
North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Suit: Police held man at North Memorial, urged paramedics to sedate him

The use of the powerful sedative ketamine in 2015 led to breathing problems and emergency care.

Window to comment on Minneapolis 2040 plan will close this month

Hundreds weigh in as city explores ways to make room for more rentals.
Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano has missed more meetings this year than any other member.

Council public safety chair was away amid Mpls. police controversy

Alondra Cano said she was taken by surprise by a charter amendment that would give the City Council and mayor equal authority over the Police Department.
Ketamine may be administered by IV bag.

Amid ketamine controversy, Hennepin Healthcare says state board will review cases

Hennepin Healthcare asked for state review of how drug has been used.
Ketamine may be administered by IV bag.

More Hennepin Healthcare studies to be suspended in sedation debate

Dr. William Heegaard appeared before the Hennepin County Board on Tuesday to respond to concerns over the use of ketamine on patients without their consent.
Dr. William Heegaard, Hennepin Healthcare's chief medical officer, spoke Friday about ketamine sedation by EMS workers in police-related situations.

Ketamine study suspended after criticism from politicians

Politicians called study of sedative "unconscionable and unethical."
Before he was given ketamine, Thomas Hosley “was not combative at all,” said his mother, Katie Hosley, who called 911 when she found her 18-year-o

Patients sedated by ketamine were enrolled in Hennepin Healthcare study without consent

Forced sedation in their best interest, hospital says.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, seen in 2017, will lead an investigation into ketamine use during Minneapolis police calls.

Sally Yates to lead Minneapolis ketamine investigation

The investigation will consider whether Minneapolis police officers crossed a line in urging paramedics to inject members of the public with ketamine.
Minister Toya Woodland fought back tears as she made remarks concerning the Minneapolis Police Department's draft report on forced Ketamine use at Thu

Ketamine probe will examine conduct of Mpls. officers

Mpls. council members query police official, field complaints by citizens.
Attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds began the news conference with remarks condemning the use of ketamine under pressure from Minneapolis Police. ] JEFF WHEEL

Activists demand accountability for ketamine cases

City Hall protest followed pledges by city leaders to investigate ketamine use.
Ketamine may be administered by IV bag.

Minneapolis council members want review of 'appalling' ketamine use

Mpls. committee wants review of cases in which police called for sedative.
Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic agent that induces a trance-like, sometimes hallucinatory, dissociative state.

Sedation cases raise questions about boundaries for police, EMS

Concerns about ketamine use are drawing national attention to the response for emergencies that require split-second decisionmaking.
Dr. William Heegaard, Hennepin Healthcare's chief medical officer, spoke about ketamine sedation by EMS workers in police-related situations on Friday

Hennepin Healthcare to seek outside review of ketamine use

The hospital's chief medical officer responded to an internal report Friday raising questions about police-paramedic interactions.
What is ketamine, the drug used as a powerful sedative?

What is ketamine, the drug used as a powerful sedative?

Minneapolis police have been increasingly asking medical responders to sedate people with a drug called ketamine.
On multiple occasions, in the presence of Minneapolis police, Hennepin Healthcare EMS workers injected suspects of crimes who already appeared to be r

Urged by Mpls. police, EMS staff subdued dozens with a sedative

The findings of a draft report prompted the Minneapolis Police Department to tell officers that it's not their role to encourage sedation.
The head of Meet Minneapolis said Tuesday that an audit showing the organization overestimated its financial success by nearly $200 million revealed �

Meet Minneapolis leader says audit revealed 'minor errors'

Melvin Tennant tied the nearly $200 million in overstatements to challenges in estimating economic impact.
Meet Minneapolis achieved its economic goals but overstated its impact by $121.8 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016 and $49 million in 2017, accordi

Audit: Mpls. tourism firm inflated success by nearly $200M

Meet Minneapolis, the nonprofit charged with drawing tourism, conventions and national events like the X Games to Minneapolis, overstated its success by nearly $200 million over the past three years.
Minneapolis Council Member Linea Palmisano has directed city staffers to prepare a “State of Data” report that will show how Minneapolis governmen

Council member wants Minneapolis to step up to the plate on public records practices

Linea Palmisano asks city staff to regroup after a critical 2015 audit failed to get a response.
Mayors Jacob Frey, left, and Melvin Carter discuss the finer points of civil debate.

Twin Cities mayors praise high school debaters

Mayors Frey and Carter judged some of the Twin Cities' most argumentative high schoolers on their performances.

Minneapolis tax assessor defends math after hundreds appeal valuations

High number of appeals had City Council curious.
Scott Ewing appealed to the city after it valued his Minneapolis home at $471,000. A city assessor came to his property and brought it down to $430,00

Appealing their property value pays off for Minneapolis homeowners

The city approved changes to 82 percent of those who filed for appeals.
Pedestrians strolled Wednesday along Nicollet Mall, where some new trees are dying.

Dying trees show greening of Nicollet Mall is not so easy

Less than a year after nearly 250 trees were planted in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, some are dead and others barely hanging on.
Mary Lynch, whose property is boarded up, said she can’t afford to pay the fee for owning a vacant house in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis still battling against vacant properties, even in housing shortage

Some owners gladly pay to keep homes empty in tight housing market.
FILE -- Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis mayor promises immigrant rights, affordable housing and police reform

Jacob Frey laid out the details of his far-reaching vision for the city and its leaders in his first State of the City address.
McDonald’s employee Steven Suffridge, seen riding the bus to work, said he was disappointed to hear that his employer was paying workers below the $

Mpls. finds McDonald's staff underpaid at Lake St. location

The fast food franchise owner owed more than $2,000 in back wages to dozens of employees.
Officers from Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments led the 2015 Pride parade down Hennepin Ave.

Chief: Mpls. officers can't wear uniforms in Pride parade

The decision comes after organizers and police clashed over officers being present at last year's event.
James Engebertson was an accomplished musician who could play every instrument in the band.

James Engebretson, renowned Twin Cities horn player, composer and educator, dies at 83

When the Minnesota Orchestra needed a French horn player to perform at Carnegie Hall, they called James Engebretson.Engebretson was the band director at a Twin…
Mayor Jacob Frey spoke during a news conference announcing the beginning of construction at the downtown park in Minneapolis on Monday.

Frey rolls out $50M plan for affordable housing

Coming less than six months into Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's first term, the announcement marked his most detailed plan for delivering on his campaign promise on affordable housing.

Inspectors shut down Uptown dealer of raw milk, uninspected meat

Uptown Locavore remains closed as the city Health Department considers next step.
Jayden Goldsboro, 10, sat in Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s chair in the City Council chambers Wednesday. Frey gave the boy an “all-access pass”

10-year-old's painting inspires Minneapolis mayor

Mayor Jacob Frey purchased the painting decrying gun violence for his office.

Minneapolis moves to raise debt limit for first time in 45 years

Charter amendment would increase the city's cap from $15 million to $80 million.
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey spoke to residents at the Cedars on Monday evening.

Cedar-Riverside complex to get $825,000 security upgrade

The HUD upgrade, announced before a crowd of residents, will include 17 new cameras, key fob and a security fence.
Kamonty Wade works on building an ethernet hub box at Rudolph Technologies.

Minneapolis makes progress but still lacks diversity in labor

Minneapolis again falls short on its own construction project goals.

Mpls. assessors working through massive number of appeals from homeowners

Nearly 1,400 property owners have challenged the city's assessment of their properties.
Karen and Mark Swoverland moved to an apartment after selling their house in south Minneapolis. The frustration continues for house buyers. During Apr

Minneapolis property owners challenge their real estate taxes

Concerns about unjustified increases have contributed to more than 1,386 property owners disputing the city's market-price assessments.
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted Friday to keep Velma Korbel in the city’s top civil rights position. She's seen above in 2012.

Minneapolis City Council reappoints civil rights director Velma Korbel over some concerns

Velma Korbel will continue to lead the department in charge of enforcing labor and anti-discrimination laws.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey toured the Public Works Department’s Traffic and Parking facility on April 10.

Jury still out on Frey as he completes first 100 days in office

Will Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey's words turn into actions?
The exterior of the newly renovated Target Center.

Target Center ice rink design flaws cost Minneapolis $1.1 million

Flaws in the design have raised the price tag twice since the city accepted the bids.
Mayor Jacob Frey at a community meeting about public safety on March 28, 2018 at the Davis Center in Minneapolis.

Mayor wants to split supervisors from rank and file in Minneapolis police union

Mayor Jacob Frey said he believes restructuring the union will make superiors more likely to discipline misbehaving officers.
The sick-leave ordinance has sparked plenty of protests from both sides of the issue. The two-year-old law took effect last summer and was at the cent

Businesses fight back against Minneapolis safe-and-sick time ordinance

In court Wednesday they said law was burdensome, in conflict with the state.
Dancers waited for customers during Saturday night at Augie's nightclub on Hennepin Avenue.

Minneapolis' strip-club quandary: Are restrictions too tight?

City Council members struggle to balance competing rights.
Where strip clubs are zoned in Minneapolis

Where strip clubs are zoned in Minneapolis

Minneapolis ordinances funnel strip clubs and sex shops into specific areas downtown.
Saturday's rally at Capri Theater in Minneapolis included several performances from young people, such as choreographed stepping from the faith-based

North Minneapolis rally aims to channel youth energy toward change

With words, music and actions, young people seek end to gun violence.
A view of the Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC) before the Super Bowl in January. Months later, the surveillance technology added for the big game re

High-tech police tools added for Super Bowl remain at work

With extra Super Bowl cameras continuing to watch citizens, a Minneapolis City Council member wants a public discussion.
This isn't the first fight for 3 Degree Church about its place in the Warehouse District. Another one happened in 2006, in another location, when it w

Church persuades Minneapolis committee to reject topless bar

The Minneapolis City Council committee voted unanimously that the proposal would violate a city ordinance that keeps adult entertainment away from churches.
This isn't the first fight for 3 Degree Church about its place in the Warehouse District. Another one happened in 2006, in another location, when it w

Battle between proposed topless bar, ministry heads to Mpls. City Council

3 Degrees Church says the project will violate city rules that prevent adult entertainment establishments from operating within 500 feet of a place of worship.
Following the lead of Edina and other cities, Minneapolis could be the next city to ban the purchase of cigarettes for anyone under 21 years old.

Minneapolis City Council to weigh raising the tobacco-buying age to 21

The ordinance would apply restrictions to all tobacco products and vaporizers, which retailers worry could hurt business.
Downtown Minneapolis has experienced rapid population growth since 2006, and builders are betting on that continuing.

Suit alleges deal giving Vikings free use of the Commons park broke law

Former Minneapolis City Council member says taxpayers will pay millions to benefit NFL.
Minneapolis fire chief John Fruetel speaks during the graduation ceremony.

Mayor Frey to back fire Chief Fruetel for reappointment

After months of speculation over who will be Minneapolis' next fire chief, Mayor Jacob Frey has decided to back current Chief John Fruetel for another term.
Gov. Mark Dayton and state corrections officials are at odds over how to implement solitary confinement reform in Minnesota prisons.

Dayton wants reforms on 'brutal' solitary confinement

But prison officials want to make changes internally.
Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights director Velma Korbel, shown in 2012.

Mpls. mayor to nominate civil rights director for another term

After a month of review, Jacob Frey said he believes Velma Korbel deserves to stay on the job.
The Minneapolis City skyline including City Hall seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Mpls. cracking down on employers who violate sick time ordinance

City isn't fining businesses yet, but some have paid in settlements with workers.
Mary Lou Doll

Mary Lou Doll, who provided a home for hundreds of children in need, dies at 90

Mary Lou Doll was a mother to hundreds of children.She welcomed them into her south Minneapolis home, often with little notice. Some came in wheelchairs…

Minneapolis city attorney nomination advances, after redo

Mpls. committee needed two tries to move Susan Segal's name forward.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey nominates David Frank to CPED director

Frank has been serving as interim director of the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development since July 2017 and previously held the top position with the city's Economic Policy and Development group.

Frey nominates Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde for city coordinator in Mpls.

If approved, Rivera-Vandermyde would be the first person of color to hold the key position.
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal in 2016.

After breaking own rules, committee to redo nomination vote for Minneapolis city attorney

An activist present to oppose Susan Segal pointed out the error.
Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights director Velma Korbel, shown in 2012.

Korbel defends leadership of Mpls. Civil Rights Department

Facing new questions, she listed her office's accomplishments as eliminating a backlog of complaints, creating the city's Urban Scholars internship program and transforming the workplace atmosphere.
Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel, shown in 2012.

Minneapolis mayor reconsiders civil rights director's reappointment

Jacob Frey will look into concerns over a hot line established to report hate crimes.
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