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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
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.
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.
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