John Lauritsen is a reporter from Montevideo, Minn. He joined WCCO-TV in late-July of 2007. Two days after he started, the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed.
Before his television career, John grew up on a farm near Milan, Minn. and graduated from Montevideo Senior High School. He received a Master’s Degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University, and has also taught a class there as well. He credits growing up on a farm and going to school in a small town with helping him become the reporter he is today.
He began his career at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, Minn., before moving to Waterloo, Iowa, where he worked for KWWL-TV. John also worked at Channel 12 in Brooklyn Park, Minn., before coming to WCCO-TV. He has been a reporter, anchor, sports reporter, sports anchor, editor, producer, and photographer during his television career.
During his time at WCCO-TV, John has covered a variety of stories. He has reported on everything from floods to tornadoes to blizzards that have dumped nearly two feet of snow on Minnesota. You can also find John covering a crime story, a fire, a human interest story, or a sporting event.
In 2009, John received an Emmy for a story he did on a high school wrestler who survived the Cottonwood bus crash. He has also been nominated for several regional Emmys.
John’s favorite stories are those that highlight a special moment in someone’s life. In 2008, he reported on a soldier who came home from Iraq and surprised his daughter at her volleyball game.
And though he isn’t a fan of snakes, John reported on Minnesota’s only poisonous snake population in southeastern Minnesota and he managed not to get bit in the process.
When he’s not reporting, John can be found at the gym or playing in one of three volleyball leagues that keep him busy year-round. He also plays in a football league in the fall and is an active tennis player.
In 2009, he ran the Twin Cities Marathon for the first time. He has also tried surfing, skydiving and rock climbing, and is an avid reader whenever he can find time to sit down.
John lives in Maple Grove with his wife, Jessica, and children, Harlow and Bo.
With prom season upon us, high school students are hearing about the effects of drinking and driving. Mock crashes are common this time of year, but a Twin Cities high school is taking theirs to new heights.
It’s been nearly five years since a cancer diagnosis ended a promising football career for Connor Cosgrove. He was a wide receiver at the University of Minnesota when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. He had to stop playing football, and underwent years of chemotherapy treatments.
What was supposed to be one of the happiest times in a mother’s life turned into a struggle for survival. On February 23, Leia Arntson-Bacig gave birth to her daughter Ripley. Eight days later, Leia suffered a stroke and had severe bleeding in her brain. She was put in a medically-induced coma.
It’s hockey night at the Walesch household in Hanover, and as usual the MVPs are 9-year-old Brett Walesch and his brother, 7-year-old Luke.
A Minnesota farmer-turned-inventor thinks he has a solution for cutting down on soil erosion. Over the years, he became concerned about soil erosion on farm fields. So, he invented a piece of equipment that he says is good for both the environment and for crops.
It may be spring in Minnesota, but Tuesday’s weather was all over the map.
We saw snow in the northern part of the state, but thunderstorms in parts of southern Minnesota.
Every year, March Madness ends with the new national champions cutting down the nets — we saw Wisconsin/Duke players do that Monday night. Believe it or not, there is a coach and a team that are credited with starting the tradition that’s spread to all levels of college basketball.
A Minnesota wrestler is achieving life goals both on and off the mat. It’s pretty remarkable, considering Ben Cousins has autism and weighed nearly 200 pounds in 5th grade.
A smartphone appears to have captured a Minneapolis police officer threatening a teenager. Seventeen-year-old Faysal Mohamed says the video — recorded on March 18 — shows an officer talking to his friend after they were pulled over.
It’s been a month and a half since a dance team’s state title was protested by their competitors. Last month, the Faribault dance team won the State 3-A high kick competition.
The five teams they were competing against refused to take their places during the ceremony.
It has now been nine days since a Twin Cities boy vanished outside his home. A van dropped Barway Collins off at his apartment building in Crystal after school last Wednesday.
Crystal Police say they are doing everything they can to find a missing boy.
Ten-year-old Barway Collins was reported missing by his father on Wednesday night.
An earlier tick season may coming in Minnesota. On Friday, the first day of spring, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District raised its “tick risk meter” from medium to high.
Many people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. “I love driving Uber,” driver Dustin Simko said.
What started as a winter vacation getaway turned into a struggle to survive for a Minnesota deputy.
Last month, 39-year-old Jeff Edwards was vacationing with his girlfriend and other friends in Ixtapa, Mexico. While swimming in the ocean, he got caught in a wave and was slammed into the ocean floor.
The DNR is trying to figure out the best way to deal with a deadly and contagious fish disease.
Gov. Dayton addressed concerns Thursday that he uses his personal AOL email account for work, not state-issued government email.
It never fails. Those first 60-degree days of the year have people thinking about their lawns and gardens. It just so happens the first 60 degree day of this year came very early.
If you haven’t booked some time outdoors this Tuesday, you’re not doing it right. That’s because it’s a #Top10WxDay. Meteorologist Matt Brickman said temperature should flirt with the 60s in the Twin Cities, and indeed have already topped that benchmark in other areas of the state.
On Friday, Wisconsin became the 25th state to pass a right-to-work bill. Lawmakers in the state assembly fiercely debated the bill for more than 20 hours into the early morning. The bill finally passed around 9 a.m.
Over the next eight years, the city of Minneapolis plans to remove about 40,000 ash trees from around the city in order to combat the Emerald Ash Borer, a tiny green bug that’s responsible for taking down trees that have stood for decades.
If you’re heading to the State Boys’ Hockey tournament you will see some of the best teams in the state.
You will also see some of the best hockey hair in the state.
Fred Eckhardt of Boyd, Minn. is on a quest to get a card from every town in Minnesota and South Dakota- that means stops at garage sales during his cross-country trips. It was during one of those stops at an Illinois farm nearly 30 years ago, that he found something unusual.
The Minnesota State Hockey experience really is unlike any other, from the homemade signs to the shameless mullets. “It’s starting to grow on me a little bit so I might keep it,” St. Cloud Apollo’s Blake Theisen said. Like the players, fans take it all in.
A crash in South St. Paul Tuesday morning shows just how dangerous it can be for emergency workers responding to accidents. A car hit a squad car, pinning the state trooper inside and throwing a tow truck driver onto a busy road.