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John Lauritsen

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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 and daughter, Harlow.

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Man Accusing Roseville Cops Of Excessive Force

A Minneapolis man says he was brutalized by Roseville police, and now he’s taking them to court. The incident happened last May near Lexington Avenue and Highway 36.

04/18/2014

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Man Thanks Officers Who Saved Him From Dying In Fiery Crash

After nearly dying in a fiery car crash, a St. Paul man finally got the chance to thank the officers who saved his life. Ronnie Christmas, 23, was pulled from his burning car during the early morning hours of April 5. He has significant injuries, but on Thursday the Maplewood officers who saved him paid him a special visit.

04/17/2014

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Bait Shops Worried About A Repeat Of Last Spring

Another winter storm would be the last thing the state’s fishing industry needs. Many bait shops and resort owners say business was down this winter because it was simply too cold to be on the ice.

04/15/2014

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Countdown To Taxes Begins As April 15 Deadline Looms

The countdown is on. Taxpayers have until midnight Tuesday to get their taxes done. The IRS will receive about 135 million tax returns by the April 15 deadline. About 90 percent of those are now filed electronically. In a roundabout way, that’s helped cut down on the number of audits the IRS can conduct.

04/14/2014

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Lime Shortage Takes Zest Away From Bars, Planes

A bad harvest year in Mexico has caused the price of limes to go way up. They’ve become so expensive that some airlines have quit serving them on planes. Lucas Price is a bartender at Barrio in downtown Minneapolis, a place known for its tacos and tequila. But lately, it’s a little green fruit that’s been putting the squeeze on Price.

04/09/2014

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Minn. Has The 6th-Highest Taxes In The U.S., Census Bureau Says

You may be surprised to know that numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota has the sixth-highest taxes in the country. But Wisconsin is just ahead of us as the fifth-highest taxed state in the nation.

04/08/2014

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Twins Fans Enjoy Spring Weather At Home Opener

After a very long winter Twins fans finally got to enjoy some outdoor baseball, and some sun. It was 60 degrees and sunny during first pitch at Monday’s home opener at Target Field. A lot of fans were wearing t-shirts, shorts and shades.

04/07/2014

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New Hope Couple Dies In I-694 Crash, 2-Year-Old Child Survives

A man and woman are dead after their car slammed into the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 694 in Fridley, Minn. Friday night. The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. near the intersection of Matterhorn Drive. Witnesses said the car was going 100 to 120 miles an hour when it crashed into the back of the semi-truck.

04/05/2014

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Farmers Worried April Snow Signals Repeat Of Last Spring

A year ago, the spring snow went into May, and it prevented some farmers from getting their crops in.

04/04/2014

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Minn. Bartender Recounts Getting Shot Twice While Doing His Job

A St. Cloud bartender says he’s lucky to be alive after being shot twice early Saturday morning.

04/02/2014

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Timberwolves Owner Signs Letter To Buy Star Tribune

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has signed a letter of intent to buy the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Now, one of Minnesota’s richest men has 60 days to put together the deal for Minnesota’s largest newspaper.

04/01/2014

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Re-Enactor Explains Picture With Nazi Flags Taken At Mpls. Restaurant

A popular northeast Minneapolis restaurant is taking heat, after a picture surfaced showing Nazi flags at a holiday party.

03/17/2014

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College Student Making Strides After Being Hit By Car

Last fall, a driver hit 22-year-old Bekka Peterson and a friend as they got out of a taxi on Grand Avenue, not far from the University of St. Thomas. When Bekka’s parents arrived at the hospital, the sight of their daughter was overwhelming. “They told us to prepare for her to most likely be in a vegetative state, to decide how long to leave her in that state, what was best for her and the family,” said Bekka’s mother, Susan.

03/14/2014

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After 63 Years And A Tragedy, Canby Boys Make It To State

For the first time in 63 years, the Canby boys basketball team will be playing in the state tournament. The Lancers haven’t been there since 1951, and will play in the first round of Class-A at 1 p.m. Thursday.

03/12/2014

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Mpls. To Remove 40K Ash Trees To Combat Borer

Over the next eight years, Minneapolis will remove 40,000 ash trees from parks and boulevards, part of a $9-million initiative that began in January to eliminate the emerald ash borer. The beetle has killed millions of trees in the U.S., and has invaded neighborhoods across the Twin Cities. Ralph Sievert, director of forestry for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, says the idea is to phase them out over a period of time.

03/11/2014

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