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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
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%.
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 sues city official over 'Wedge Live' trademark dispute

John Edwards said a city official tried to co-opt his brand to silence him.
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."
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