ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota House has voted to give nursing home workers in the state a 5% pay increase. The pay hike is included in a broader, $6 billion a year budget for health and human services programs that the House passed last night by a party-line vote of 73-61. The bill still requires a final vote in the Senate.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota bartender is charged with serving alcohol to an underage customer who drowned in a nearby pond after leaving the bar last month. The Hennepin County sheriff's office says 21-year-old Rebekah Thomas of Maple Grove was charged yesterday with selling liquor to someone under 21, a gross misdemeanor.
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - The Ramsey County medical examiner's office has identified a body recovered from a Beltrami County lake as that of a missing man. Bemidji (beh-MIHJ'-ee) police say the body was confirmed as that of 31-year-old Matt Pulis, who disappeared last October. The medical examiner determined that Pulis drowned.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Duluth police have released the name of a 36-year-old man who died after crashing his bicycle into a pole. Officers saw Koantonio Dean Farley of Duluth riding his bicycle at a high rate of speed in downtown Duluth Wednesday. Police say Farley had crossed the street and was trying to go up a ramp when he hit a pole.
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