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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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Woman Aims To Finish Boston Marathon Despite Pancreatic Cancer

It’s the dream of thousands of runners: To qualify and finish the Boston Marathon. Last year that dream was cut short for many, after terrorists set off two bombs near the finish line. Elinor Scott of St. Louis Park was about three-quarters of a mile away from completing a life goal when the bombs went off.

03/10/2014

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Minnesotans Can Hardly Remember The Last Time It Was This Nice Out

For the first time in 114 days, Minnesotans enjoyed 50 degree temperatures in the Twin Cities. Nov.16 was the last time it was this warm, and the heat brought with it a late-winter melt, creating wet roads and running paths.

03/10/2014

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ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week For March. 6, 2014: Tristan Hazlett

Last year, the Lakeville North boys hockey team advanced to the state tournament, only to lose in convincing fashion to Edina in the first round. This year, they got over the hump with an overtime win over Roseau in round one. And a big part of this year’s success is coming from senior forward Tristen Hazlett – this week’s Aspire Athlete of the Week.

03/07/2014

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Will This Winter’s Snow Result In Flooding?

With all the snow we’ve had this winter – and the cold temperatures that have kept it around — it’s possible we could see flooding in parts of the state.

03/07/2014

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Can’t Fly To Rome This Weekend? Then Go To The Italian Film Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to go to Italy, you can go there this weekend without leaving the Twin Cities. The sixth annual Italian Film Festival starts Thursday night and runs through the weekend. A variety of contemporary Italian films will be shown that highlight the stories of Italy and its people.

03/07/2014

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Luverne Makes Debut Appearance In State Hockey Tournament

The state hockey tournament is what every high school hockey player dreams about; a glorious tradition in the state of hockey. And it’s a tradition that the town of Luverne has never been a part of, until Wednesday. The town of 4,700 turned out in full, including Mayor Patrick Baustian, who led cheers instead of leading the government.

03/05/2014

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Good Question: How Will Target Field Clear The Snow In Preparation For Opening Day?

With snow in the forecast and temperatures still hovering around zero degrees, Minnesotans are in need of some cheering up. Well, the Minnesota Twins are here to offer it. Baseball season is less than a month away, and the Twins home opener is April 7.

03/04/2014

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Good Question: Why Are Ashes Used On Ash Wednesday?

In two days, millions of Christians around the world will observe Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. It falls 46 days before Easter, including Sundays. Christians will observe Lent by fasting or abstaining from a type of food they like. It’s a way of repenting their sins, and as a way to recognize how Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.

03/03/2014

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Teen: Teachers Made Me Stand Outside In Wet Bathing Suit, Barefoot

A ninth-grader says she has frostbite after standing outside for 10 minutes in a wet bathing suit during a fire alarm.

02/28/2014

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Delta Frequent Flyer Program To Benefit Those Who Pay More

Delta is changing its frequent flyer program, and that means travelers will be rewarded by how much they pay, not how far they fly.

02/26/2014

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If Another Snowstorm Hits During Deep Freeze, It Could ‘Weld’ Ice To Streets

Roads are still bad days after a storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in Minneapolis. That’s because the deep freeze that followed the snow isn’t letting up, and neither are the calls to the city to point out problem spots on the roads.

02/25/2014

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Rogers Community Rallies Behind Victims Of Tweet Controversy

Around 6 p.m. on Monday evening, dozens of people waited in the cold outside the headquarters of Elk River Area School District 728. They came to attend a school board meeting about a controversy rooted in a two-work tweet that led to a nearly two-month suspension of 17-year-old Rogers High School senior Reid Sagehorn. “I’m disappointed. I want him to have an education. I don’t want him sitting at home, and I want him back in our school until graduation day,” said parent Missy Henderson.

02/24/2014

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Heavy Snowfall Brings Increased Risk Of Injuries

John Egnell knows he can’t beat winter, so he joins it. Friday morning, he took care of his own driveway, and then tackled two other driveways for neighbors in Brooklyn Park. He has a snow blower, so he was more than happy to help. “My hands are a little sore just from using a snow blower,” Egnell said. “I can’t imagine shoveling it all.”

02/21/2014

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Students Wake Up To Yet Another Snow Day

Many students across Minnesota woke up Friday morning to find out they had yet another day off from school. Champlin Park junior Andrei Gill spent more time than he wanted scraping the ice from his windshield. “Just wow. Couldn’t even open my car door to get in,” Gill said.

02/21/2014

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Expert Says Social Media Etiquette Classes Could Prevent HS Scandals

A two-word tweet turned into a two-month suspension for the captain of the Rogers basketball team. And the controversy surrounding Reid Sagehorn’s tweet and subsequent suspension has students and parents upset and confused. “Reid is carrying the weight of every tweet that got put on that site and I don’t think that’s fair,” said parent Kris Hall.

02/19/2014

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