25-30 police agencies investigating burglary ring

It happened again in Bloomington. In almost identical fashion to dozens of other cases across the metro area, police said suspects stole a garage door opener from an unlocked car at the Volkmann home and used it to access the garage and house. They got away with Larry Volkmann's car last week. They rummaged through his wife and son's SUV, stole a motorcycle and a baby stroller and even stole items from inside the house. t's just the latest report, as local police agencies continue to grapple with cases in nearly two dozen communities. Although there is no lead agency working on the case, roughly 25 to 30 local departments are meeting and communicating regularly as they share data and information with each other. With the help of crime analysts and the Hennepin County Crime Information Sharing and Analysis, the departments have access to suspect information, photos, stolen vehicle and property descriptions and other important evidence. 

Gov. Walz pushes insulin affordability bill

Gov. Walz pushes insulin affordability bill

Governor Tim Walz is calling on legislators to come together and agree on a plan to provide insulin to diabetics in crisis, and he says he’s willing to call a special session to make it a reality as soon as possible. The comments came during a special meeting with affordable insulin advocates at the Capitol on Wednesday. Last month, KARE 11 followed some of the same advocates to Canada, as they purchased insulin without a prescription, at prices that were about one tenth the cost of those in the United States. Despite promising to explore other options earlier in the week, Walz told the advocates that he can't issue an executive order to make the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act a reality. The bill is named after 26 year old Alec Smith, who couldn't afford the $1,300 retail price for insulin and supplies after he aged out of his parents’ health insurance. Despite strong bipartisan support last session, nearly all Senate republicans suddenly pulled their support in the closing days of the special session after concerns about how the bill would be paid for and concerns about how it would be managed.

A different take on a MN tradition: Underwater hockey

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Players on Minnesota's underwater hockey club team, The Loons, play a scrimmage Wednesday. The team heads to nationals the weekend of June 22.
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Gearing up to head into a pool, usually doesn't involve a puck. But players on Minnesota's underwater hockey club team, The Loons, wouldn't head into the water without it. There are six players on each team. They use foot-long sticks to move a half pound, leaded puck across the floor of the pool. It's Minnesota's most popular winter sport– thawed. With one very big difference. "Ice hockey you can breathe," said Ben Erickson, President of the Minnesota Loons, "You hold your breath, dive down, play, and then come back up." You may not have heard of the sport, but it's been around. Erickson has been playing since 1982. The sport can be competitive In just over a week, the Loons are headed to a national competition in Orlando. The sport has been gaining popularity across the country, in part, Erickson thinks, due to cameras able to give a view of what happens underneath the water.