Faculty at seven state universities reach 2-year pay agreement
Faculty members at Minnesota's seven state universities will receive a 2.2 percent raise this fall under a tentative contract agreement announced Tuesday. The two-year agreement also calls for a 3.4 percent salary bump for adjunct instructors in the 2016-17 school year. Other faculty members will receive a 1 percent increase, and a step increase, in the second year of the contract.
The agreement was reached by the Inter Faculty Organization, which represents some 4,000 faculty members, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The contract covers instructors at Bemidji State, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State, Southwest Minnesota State and Winona State universities. The vote on the tentative settlement is in coming weeks.
Inmate's death believed to be suicide
A 46-year-old Hennepin County jail inmate died Tuesday morning, an apparent suicide, authorities said. The man was found unresponsive in his cell from an apparent suicide attempt at 10:45 a.m. Deputies began CPR, and paramedics continued emergency medical treatment and took him to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died, according to a news release from Hennepin County.
The man, who was being held on a charge of criminal sexual conduct after being arrested by Minneapolis police, had been in jail for 12 days. The county declined to release further information. The county medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy and release the cause of death and the inmate's name.
Ash borer confirmed in Prior Lake area
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed an emerald ash borer infestation in another metro-area county. The tree-killing pest was found on private property in the city of Prior Lake in Scott County. The infested ash tree was discovered through a call to the state Agriculture Department's Arrest the Pest information phone line. Because of the find, Scott County will be put under emergency quarantine. The county will become the 10th Minnesota county under a state and federal quarantine aimed at preventing emerald ash borer from spreading. The invasive ash borer was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009.
Bone fragments are reportedly found during search of farm
Authorities in Wadena County say a search of a farm has turned up bone fragments. Sheriff Michael Carr said in a statement that authorities went to the farm Monday with a warrant to look for human remains. Carr says numerous bone fragments were found and are being tested. Few details were released because the investigation is ongoing, but Carr said the search is not related to the high-profile disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, who's been missing since 1989, or Carla Anderson, who was 23 when she disappeared from Wadena in 1987. About 50 to 60 law enforcement officers went to a farm owned by Dan Hanson with a backhoe Monday and started digging at an old excavation dump. KARE-TV reported that authorities dug up an area about the size of a tennis court.