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Andy Mannix

Reporter | Federal courts and law enforcement
Phone: 612-673-4036
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Andy Mannix covers federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune. He joined the paper in January 2016 and previously covered Minneapolis City Hall and statewide criminal justice/Department of Corrections. 

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, where he focused on data-driven investigative journalism. His work for the Star Tribune includes reports about solitary confinement conditions in Minnesota prisons, the use of sedatives in police encounters and several high-profile officer-involved shootings. Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Mannix wrote about a variety of topics, such as crime, recreational marijuana and politics, for publications including The Seattle Times, MinnPost, City Pages and The Minnesota Daily. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and a dog named Laika.
Recent content from Andy Mannix
Records show that extended, harsh punishment like solitary confinement can make mental illnesses worse.

Minnesota sends black, Native American prisoners to solitary at higher rates than whites

The first-of-its-kind report also reflects some people are staying in isolation for long periods of time.
Brandon Bjerknes

Lawsuit: Bemidji schools failed to protect kids from assistant principal's sextortion scheme

Brandon Mark Bjerknes is serving 25 years in prison for preying on kids online, but some victims say the school should pay too.
Jill Sanborn

Top Minn. FBI official will take D.C. leadership post fighting terror

Jill Sanborn will return to Washington, D.C., to serve as assistant director.

St. Louis Park attorney charged in health care fraud conspiracy

The charges do not detail the alleged acts.
Alex Mizrahi, center, lights a candle on a menorah at a lighting for the last night of Hanukkah in Grand Army Plaza in the Brooklyn borough of New Yor

'No longer an anomaly': Attack hits home for Twin Cities Jews

The recent attack during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y., hit close to home for many rabbis in the Twin Cities, who are asking questions about how to balance security without creating fear.
Guled Omar was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, by a federal judge who said he didn't believe the man's tearful apologies and

Man convicted in terror case says attorney gave poor counsel, asks for reduced sentence

One of the Twin Cities men convicted in the 2016 landmark terror trial is asking a federal judge to drop or reduce his sentence, arguing…
Crews prepared the east portion of the Francis Drake Hotel apartments, severely damaged in a Christmas Day fire, for demolition Friday in downtown Min

People displaced by Drake Hotel fire are headed to new shelter

The families left homeless will begin moving Friday night to an unnamed hotel in Bloomington. A long-term housing solution remains a concern.
Working at Fire Station 1 from left to right, Dan Bellis, captain Abdul Cunningham, and Mark Meininger were three firefighters who were first responde

Crews' quick response snuffed out Mpls. fire with no fatalities

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey credits that to the quick response to the Christmas fire at the Francis Drake Hotel.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan

Psychologist: Suspect in St. Kate's terror case now competent to face charges

The psychologist said she believes Tnuza Jamal Hassan has a mood disorder, but is not schizophrenic.
In September, St. Paul officers and investigators responded to a shooting scene at Mendota Street and Fremont Avenue E.

As 2019 closes, St. Paul's homicide rate doubles last year's

Police understand why, but solutions remain elusive.
I:n this 2008 photo, Olga Franco del Cid poses for a photo during an interview in jail in Marshall, Minn.

Woman convicted of fatal 2008 bus crash indicted for reentering U.S.

Olga Marina Franco del Cid was deported in 2016.
Charges: Brainerd hunter illegally killed, dismembered 700-pound black bear on Red Lake reservation

Charges: Brainerd hunter illegally killed, dismembered 700-pound black bear on Red Lake reservation

Brett Stimac is charged with trespassing on Indian lands to kill the bear.
Randy Brooks

Minn. brothers sentenced for robberies, including one that caused market owner's fatal heart attack

Lennie and Randy Brooks will face 30 and 20 years, respectively, in a spate of robberies that targeted elderly business owners.
Firdaus Aden, who lost her mother, Nadifa Mohamud, in the fire, was comforted Friday at Darul-Quba mosque.

After deadly high-rise fire, a search for answers in Minneapolis

For many in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Wednesday's fire echoes an earlier tragedy that killed three.
Squad car video captured St. Paul police officers swarming an innocent man who matched a description of an armed suspect. The man, Frank Baker, sustai

Jury finds St. Paul officer guilty of kicking, injuring bystander

The case marked a rare example of a police officer in Minnesota being charged for using force on the job.
Frank Baker, who attacked by a St. Paul Police K-9 in June, requiring hospitalization for his extensive injuries. (courtesy of Andrew Noel)

Jury will decide fate of St. Paul officer who kicked bystander being mauled by police K-9

Panel to decide if kicking of bystander was a crime.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, seen in January, said the state's anti-drug ad campaign was about "solutions and hope."

'Meth. We're on it:' South Dakota ad campaign is raising eyebrows

The provocative approach, published on the website "," elicited widespread criticism.
Rick Boelter, a firearm’s examiner in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, is in the firearms reference collection vault, where guns used in the

A gun's life seen via a pistol used in Chicago, traced to Twin Cities

Technology increasingly shows how one gun can change hands and travel across cities and states, leaving a trail of dead or injured victims in its wake.
Frank A. Baker, 53, spent 14 days in Regions Hospital after the police dog bit his right leg several times.

Federal trial underway for St. Paul police officer who kicked man in midst of K-9 attack

The case, stemming from the June 2016 incident, marks a rare example of a police officer being charged criminally for using force on duty.
Marcus Baker and Brandon Baker.

Brothers charged in St. Paul shooting of alleged rival gang member

The shooting was captured on surveillance video.
Police were set up in front of the community center on the Fond Du Lac band reservation, near Cloquet, Minn., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, where a man was s

Man indicted in shooting of sister's boyfriend at grandmother's funeral on Fond du Lac Reservation

Twin Cities man charged with shooting his sister's boyfriend with a rifle.
then-Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson in 2016.

Court: Police should be shielded against most civil rights claims from ex-Viking

Tom Johnson can still pursue the lawsuit for the stun gun usage. outside a club in 2014.
A recent report by the FBI’s internet Crime Complaint Center — known as the I3 — found a 242% increase in cyberextortion crimes from 2017 to 201

Federal authorities struggle to counter 'sextortion' trend

The devastating threats are on the rise, and the crimes difficult to police.
Edward S. Adams

U law professor pleads guilty to hiding income from IRS

Edward S. Adams took a plea deal in court Thursday that likely won't result in prison time.

Former UMD track coach sues, saying college pushed her out

She resigned after sexual misconduct complaints.
In this file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles.

As part of 'Take Back Day,' DEA will dispose of your vape pen

Federal agents will destroy your vaping equipment in a safe manner on Saturday.
Judge Diana Murphy with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Minnesota courthouse named after a pioneer for women on the bench

Minneapolis is now home to the second federal courthouse in the nation named after a woman.
Andy Emerson collected Lime Scooters from downtown Minneapolis on Aug. 1.

Disability rights advocate sues Minneapolis, rental scooter firms over blocked sidewalks

Noah McCourt said the deluge of scooters violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A Trump supporter got in a fight with a protester after his hat was grabbed off his head outside the Target Center after President Donald Trump visite

After mostly peaceful start, protests around Target Center escalated

Peaceful chants and sign-waving turned into an impasse with police. One group of protesters burnt a pile of Trump merchandise, while the president's supporters sped away flipping middle fingers.
Trump volunteers were allowed into the Target Center in preparation for President Trump's visit.

Minneapolis awaits Trump, crowd of protesters downtown

Some estimate more than 10,000 people will flood downtown to oppose the president's visit, with two dozen disparate groups planning to protest. They'll be met by counterdemonstrators supporting the president. The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m . at Target Center.
Me’Lea Connelly, who founded a credit union to invest in black businesses, led a discussion regarding black economic resistance to a group at the Un

Ousted director of city-backed credit union alleges retaliation

Ousted director says she was forced to fire the CFO because he is white.
Investigators went through the scene of a homicide in St. Paul in September. In 2018, the collective rate of homicide, robbery, rape and aggravated as

FBI: Violent crime in Minnesota dropped in '18, continuing trend

The Twin Cities area remains one of the safest metros in America, according to FBI data.
Me’Lea Connelly, who founded a credit union to invest in black businesses, led a discussion regarding black economic resistance to a group at the Un

Leaders of proposed north Mpls. credit union terminated amid fraud allegations

Misconduct accusations cloud nonprofit pushing social justice.
Working a tip, Duluth police Sgt. Matt McShane searched a pickup truck Wednesday and found about a pound of crystal meth inside.

Around Duluth, small-town cops face tough foe in Mexican cartels

It's a battle against heroin, meth and pills deluging the North Shore.
Erica MacDonald

Minnesota's U.S. attorney will help oversee AG's office in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald will have more influence in steering justice priorities in Washington, D.C.U.S. Attorney General William Barr appointed MacDonald and eight others…
Abdelhamid Al-Madioum

St. Louis Park man who joined ISIS is believed found in Syrian prison

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 22, disappeared in 2015 while on a family vacation. He claims that the FBI interrogated him in a Syrian prison.
FILE - This undated photo provided by The Ford County Sheriff’s Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael Hari, who pleaded not guilty, Thursday, Feb. 1

Magistrate says charges against Bloomington mosque bombing suspect should not be dismissed

Michael Hari is accused of firebombing a mosque.
Judge Joan Ericksen ruled in favor of Hennepin Healthcare, dismissing all six of Brittany Buckley's allegations.

Judge throws out patient's ketamine lawsuit against HCMC

Woman says that Hennepin Healthcare violated her civil rights.
Carver County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot Archer Amorosi during a mental health crisis outside his mother’s Chanhassen home. In his grief, Arc

Family of teen killed in police standoff says Carver County violated data laws

Two sheriff's deputies shot Archer Amorosi last year after the teenager charged them with a hatchet and BB gun.
Jennifer LeMay talked in 2017 about the bullet wound to Ciroc and the medical issues is has since caused, with attorney Mike Padden.

Lawsuit alleges Minneapolis police shot service dogs, then tried to cover it up

The 2017 incident went viral after owner posted a video of the encounter. The city attorney says they are reviewing the lawsuit before commenting.
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, DEA Special Agent in Charge Richard Salter Jr. and DEA Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Solek look on during a news co

DEA expands to Duluth as meth, heroin, opioids ravage region

With the added officers, a regional task force aims to expand to prosecute national traffickers, and ultimately reach the international supply chains in China, Mexico and Colombia.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison met with Chaska residents at a discussion last month hosted by anti-racist community group Residents Organizi

Lawsuit: Eastern Carver schools turned 'blind eye' to racist bullying

The lawsuit says school officials did nothing as black students in Eastern Carver County Schools endured physical violence, death threats and racial slurs.
Jeremiah Ellison, a City Council member representing north Minneapolis, listened during a community meeting.

Jeremiah Ellison navigates Minneapolis' civil rights fight

The first-term City Council member from a political family wrestles with the transition.
Patrick Teel, circa 1980

Patrick 'Gramps' Teel, innovative mind behind Eden House treatment center in Minneapolis, dies at 75

Teel's friends and family recall him as brilliant, troubled, fearless — a multitalented man whose creativity and compassion knew no limits.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the scene after Minneapolis police shot and killed a man early Friday morning on the 2400 block

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man at apparent domestic call

Officials said that the man shot a woman, who is expected to survive.
Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, shown in April.

Top Minneapolis official to leave for Texas

City Coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde will depart on Oct 1., following her predecessor to Austin's city manager office.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, right, said he will seek more officers, but not necessarily the 400 that Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has called for.

Frey faces off against Mpls. Council on call for more police

The mayor wants to support his chief, but the City Council already frowned on the request for 400 additional officers.
Workers held signs in front of the Hennepin County Government Center to support a proposed ordinance that would protect them from wage theft.

Minneapolis workers demand better protections against wage theft

At a public hearing, one person called the proposal 'the best thing to happen to Minnesota since Prince.'
Minneapolis City Council members will be covered by a new social media policy.

Minneapolis approves new social media restrictions for elected officials, employees

Under the new rules, politicians will use authorized accounts to communicate with the public.
Minneapolis City Hall.

Minneapolis City Council will hear from public on shifting budget cycle to two years

Charter change would give the public more time for input, backers say.
Steve Minn in his office at Madison Lofts, a residential conversion project his company did in northeast Minneapolis.

Minneapolis developers clash with City Council over housing rules

Minneapolis plan would require developers to include below-market units.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey with wage supporters.

Minneapolis business leaders to City Hall: 'Hit pause' on wage theft ordinance

Minneapolis plan would compete with new state law, business leaders say.

Minneapolis drops one violation against Crave

The violation for an employee who tried to get back into the bar after the shooting was dropped because the man did not work for Crave.
Two people were shot on Crave’s rooftop patio in Minneapolis.

City of Minneapolis cites Crave for violation after shooting

Minneapolis seeks stricter security at the downtown restaurant and bar.
Construction will begin Monday on Glenwood Avenue, a busy street that connects many of Minneapolis’ most racially diverse neighborhoods to downtown,

Two-year bridge closure sparks concern over cutting off north Minneapolis

City Council Member Lisa Goodman asked the Met Council to speed up the project.
Minneapolis Council Member Alondra Cano has blocked several people on Twitter in the past year, including reporters and a public watchdog. Cano has ci

Mpls. Council proposal tightens social media rules at City Hall

The city's proposal comes at a time when politicians depend on social media to communicate with the public and, increasingly, to conduct government business. But the draft policy does not cover "personal" accounts used by elected officials.
Minneapolis city council candidate Ginger Jentzen, center, celebrated with other supporters of the $15 minimum wage increase after it was passed by Ci

Minneapolis minimum wage gets 75-cent-to-$1 raise

The minimum pay is now $11 for small employers and $12.25 for larger ones.
To most outsiders, Augie's in downtown Minneapolis is a notorious, tough-as-nails strip club. While all of that is true, the story behind its owner an

Mpls. mulls protections for adult entertainers

The proposal to protect workers from unsanitary conditions and exploitative practices will go before a public hearing later this summer.
Flanked by union members, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks in support of an initiative to crack down on wage theft.

Minneapolis City Council proposes crackdown on wage theft to parallel state law

The proposal would require employers to put all pay agreements in writing and provide regular written or electronic earnings statements for transparency.
North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. (Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune)

North Memorial and Hennepin Healthcare break off merger talks

The two major Twin Cities hospital systems began preliminary merger talks earlier this year.

Before it opens, embattled Cheers bar could face eviction over unpaid rent

The Minneapolis bar owner has not paid rent for two months, court documents show.
Jeffrey Ho is a sheriff’s deputy, doctor, Taser advocate — mixed allegiances that have raised questions.

HCMC severs ties with manufacturer of Taser stun guns

A spokesman for Hennepin Healthcare said the hospital decided to end its agreement with Axon Enterprise. It will also update its code of ethics, and Dr. Jeffrey Ho will no longer work as the medical director for the manufacturer.
Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan laughed after Sue Abderholden of NAMI thanked Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix for his series of st

Walz hails solitary confinement reforms as pushing state's prisons into the modern era

Governor calls changes a bipartisan success.
This photo shows a vial of the drug ketamine.

FDA: HCMC kept ketamine study going after pledging to stop

Medical staff at HCMC continued to sedate people with ketamine and collect data for a study for months after the hospital’s leadership told elected officials…
Sherman Associates provided renderings from the perspective from Washington and Park Avenue of its proposed redevelopment of 205 Park Av.

Mpls. neighbors, council member fight Airbnb-style rentals

The move comes as Sherman Associates proposes using a large portion of a downtown building for short-term leases.
At dusk, a resident of the Hiawatha homeless encampment uses a flashlight to light the dark as she put away her bike before heading into her tent for

Plan to let police shut down Mpls. homeless camps draws opposition

Draft plan would make Minneapolis police the central point of contact with homeless encampments.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is among those who denounced a new LGBTQ-friendly bar scheduled to open this month after allegations that the owner has a

Owner of new LGBT bar sparks protest over anti-Semitic posts

The owner of Cheers is accused of posting disparaging comments about the Jewish faith, eliciting protest from the Minneapolis mayor.
Hope Academy’s Frances Brown and Lidiya Temesgen, center, played at Peavey Field Park on Friday.

Officials cut ribbon on new chapter in Minneapolis parks

Peavey Field Park, in the Phillips neighborhood, has developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous parks in Minneapolis.
John Yngve

John Yngve, a veteran and businessman who dedicated his life to public service, dies at 94

He is remembered as a capable leader, pragmatic, entrepreneurial and direct, with a diplomatic spirit even toward his adversaries.
Officer Mohamed Noor’s weapon, a 9mm Glock, part of the evidence presented in his trial and made available for public viewing Friday.

Physical evidence tells grim story of the night Justine Damond died

Some came seeking answers as exhibits in Mohamed Noor's trial were open for public viewing.
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.