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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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With Warm-Up Comes A Rise In Gas Prices

Temperatures aren’t the only thing on the rise. Gas prices have gone up 12 cents in the past week to about $3.34 a gallon. Some stations are even nearing the $3.50 mark. Nationally, officials said gas prices are the highest they’ve been since October and they will likely continue to climb.

02/18/2014

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2 Children Still Critical After North Mpls. Duplex Fire

Two children remain in critical condition after a fire killed five of their siblings on Friday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started in the first place. The fire happened at a duplex on 29th Street and Colfax Avenue North in Minneapolis shortly after 5 a.m.

02/15/2014

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Businesses Smitten With Valentine’s Day Rush

By now, there’s a good chance you’ve sent your special someone flowers for Valentine’s Day. And you may have dinner plans waiting for you. It’s all part of the Valentine’s Day rush for Twin Cities businesses. Many began preparing for this day weeks in advance, and it’s one of those holidays that brings in big business, according to Stephanie Hagen of Spruce Flowers and Home in south Minneapolis.

02/14/2014

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Woman Abducted In Sartell, Assaulted, Released

Sartell Police are asking people to be on alert after a 56-year-old woman was kidnapped in a McDonald’s parking lot. It happened around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night near Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 1. When the woman came out of the restaurant and got into her vehicle, a masked man was waiting for her. Police Chief Jim Hughes says the man asked for money and told the woman to drive.

02/13/2014

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If You Build A $20K Ice Rink On A Farm, They Will Come

Near the town of Carlos, you’ll find frozen farmland as far as the eye can see. But on Pat Waldorf’s farm, things are starting to heat up. “Needed a place to skate other than the rink in town. Needed a little more ice time, so we thought ‘Why not get some buddies together and build our own rink?’” Waldorf said. Using a “if you build it, they will come” mentality, Waldorf decided to build a hockey rink in the middle of a farm.

02/12/2014

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CO Not Responsible For Sending Students To Hospital

The illness that made 30 Springfield Public school students sick enough to go to the hospital Thursday was not caused by carbon monoxide, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A group of fourth and fifth graders became sick while rehearsing for a choir concert. On Friday, school officials say all the students are fine, and health officials think the illness may have been caused by nerves. Bethany Mattson says she was never really worried about her fifth-grade daughter, who was rehearsing with her classmates Thursday morning in the school’s auditorium. But she can see why other parents may have felt differently.

02/07/2014

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Program Rewards Teen Moms-To-Be Who Stay Sober

A new program is providing rewards for teenagers who stay alcohol-free during pregnancy. An organization called Healthy Brains for Children is heading the effort. Expecting teenagers are given a cell phone as an incentive but also a Breathalyzer that they will be required to blow into during the day.

02/06/2014

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Ramsey Child Care Center Concerned Over Possible Gun Range Neighbor

A Ramsey childcare center says they will lose business if a gun training range opens up next door. Little Me Childcare is located next to a vacant building now, but the city council is expected to give a shooting range the go-ahead to move in next door.

02/06/2014

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Foley Wrestler With Down Syndrome Inspires Teammates, Opponents

Foley wrestling is rich in tradition. The Falcons have won three state titles and have their sights set on a fourth this season. With 13 seniors, there’s plenty of leadership. But it’s a freshman wrestler that’s providing the motivation for this team.

02/05/2014

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2 MN Brothers, Ages 30 & 31, Die 10 Days Apart

A Twin Cities family is dealing with the loss of two brothers who died within just 10 days of each other. Thirty-year-old Eric Kaupang died unexpectedly on Jan. 2 while on his way to work. His brother, 31-year-old Edwin Kaupang, died 10 days later from an undetected heart condition.

02/04/2014

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Propane Shortage Also Impacting Turkey Farms

The winter’s propane shortage isn’t just affecting homeowners. Animals are being impacted, too. Minnesota is the No. 1 turkey producer in the nation. And every winter, turkey farmers go through thousands of gallons of propane to heat barns and keep livestock warm.

01/31/2014

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School Make-Up Days An Uncertainty For Some Districts

The extremely cold weather means more days off for students, and more headaches for parents and schools. Tuesday marks the fifth time many schools have closed this month, including a rare, statewide shutdown by Governor Mark Dayton. For Marisa Lee’s children, Iris and William, it’s starting to feel like these cold, school-free days are becoming the norm. “They are really excited, of course. They’re loving all the days off,” Lee said.

01/27/2014

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Potholes Peaking Early, Thanks To Extreme Temperatures

At Parents Autocare in south Minneapolis, winter can get a little redundant. But this winter has been anything but routine. And potholes are peaking early.

01/27/2014

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Amid Cold, Rural MN Feels Pinch Of Rising Propane Prices

The extreme cold isn’t just uncomfortable. It’s becoming expensive, too, especially for homeowners in rural Minnesota who rely on propane to heat their homes. Prices jumped last fall, and with several subzero nights this winter, the cost of propane continues to climb.

01/24/2014

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House Calls Return As Cost-Cutting Move For North Memorial

A Twin Cities hospital is trying to help cut down on health care costs by returning to an old-age idea: house calls. Fifteen months ago, North Memorial Medical Center launched a program called “Community Paramedics.”

01/22/2014

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