John Lauritsen is an Emmy award-winning 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.
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.
A 20-year-old woman was rescued from the waters of Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet Wednesday afternoon. Police say the emergency happened just before 5 p.m. at the lake’s North Beach. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says the 20-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl were swimming about 50 feet from shore near a swimming raft when both went underwater.
Summer vacation and these summer-like temperatures have a lot of families heading outdoors. As people venture out, the threat of deer ticks and Lyme disease are always there — but scientists say it’s not just Lyme disease that deer ticks are known for anymore.
You may not have noticed much of a change at the gas pumps over the past week, but there is good news ahead — experts say gas prices have hit their peak for the year.
A young woman is dead after falling several floors inside an abandoned grain elevator. Minneapolis fire officials say the woman and two of her friends were climbing inside the elevator, just before 10 p.m. Saturday.
It may be impossible to have a better senior year than the one Nathan Brinker is having. He’s a human highlight reel from a town of just over 600, having won state in football, wrestling and True Team track.
Construction of the new Vikings stadium hit several key milestones this week. With just over a year to go before construction is completed, several new features are starting to take shape. The roof truss that will support the entire roof of the stadium has been connected.
A fly infestation is creating the wrong kind of buzz in Isanti County. Neighbors along 289th Avenue say it’s gotten so bad, they can’t even spend time working in their yards. County officials say manure spread onto a nearby field is to blame.
A New Brighton woman says she and her daughter are being harassed by law enforcement. Michelle Voeller says five times over the past 10 months, officers have knocked on her door late at night and in the early morning looking for someone who doesn’t live there.
People in a West St. Paul neighborhood woke up to an unusual site this morning.
The quick-thinking of a Twin Cities car salesman likely saved a truck driver’s life. In the middle of a busy Wednesday afternoon at Roseville Chrysler Dodge and Jeep, Deno Yannarelli went from salesman to hero.
A former nuclear power plant employee has been charged with making terroristic threats. According to court documents, 58-year-old Robert Johnson threatened union officials after losing his job at the Monticello nuclear power plant.
A Cloquet car dealership is getting a lot of attention by offering a very unique deal. During the month of May, they are offering a free handgun with the purchase of a car. If you spend close to $4,995 on a new vehicle, you automatically have the option of a free Ruger handgun or a lawn mower.
Prosecutors say a Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he’d kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he’d “spit on America” at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Minnesota Twins are off to a good start this season, and now Target Field also has some bragging rights. The Twins say they now have the greenest ballpark in Major League Baseball. This comes after a partnership with a company called Eco Products in the effort to cut down on plastic.
Parents in North Minneapolis are on edge tonight after a man lured two boys away from their neighborhood.
Neighbors say they saw a stranger approach two 5- and 11-year-old boys and then walk with them away from their homes.
Losses due to the bird flu in Minnesota are now estimated at more than $300-million dollars. It’s not just turkey farmers that are affected, the bird flu has created a trickle-down effect. It’s even impacted a wood-recycling company in Faribault.
There’s a new concept in apple trees that’s starting to take off: trees that produce two different kinds of apples like Honey Crisp and McIntosh. The trees are called Apple Twist, and are grown at a farm in Wisconsin. But you can now find them at places like Leitner’s Garden Center in St. Paul.
An ex-tennis coach, serving time for sexually assaulting a girl, is facing new accusations he tried to contact his victim again.
A Minnesota company that says it’s helping troops overseas is coming under scrutiny from the Better Business Bureau.
If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Twin Cities, this may be your best opportunity in nearly a decade.
Experts say Twin Cities home buyers signed more than 6,300 purchase agreements in April. That’s the most since the summer of 2005.
After a day of going full-speed, it’s often hard to put on the brakes and simply coast into sleep mode.
WCCO photojournalist Melissa Martz can relate to that problem.
On April 14th, Peter Kelly of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin was fatally stabbed after an altercation with a group of men along the St. Croix River. He leaves behind a wife and 5 children.
A typhoon thousands of miles away could have an impact on a small Minnesota town. Milan, Minnesota, has a population of 350 people.
On a warm spring night, Anoka County homeowners are indoors, spending an evening learning about an insect that’s invading their property.
It’s that time of year again – the Minnesota Governor’s Fish Opener. The 2015 opener is being held in the Lake Vermillion area May 7 through 10. The fishing challenge begins at midnight on Saturday, May 9.