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.
For snowboarders Alex Olsson and Joey Titus, the slopes of Buck Hill were all theirs Monday afternoon.
Being “home for the holidays” took on a whole, new meaning Friday. Six-year-old Savannah Germain hadn’t seen her brother, Devin, in about a year. Devin is a soldier who has been serving in Afghanistan. He returned to Minnesota Friday, but Savannah had no idea he was coming.
A Minnesota hunter is pushing for change after his dog was caught and killed in a trap. Mark Johnson’s 7-year-old lab, Bronco, was killed in a body grip trap while they were grouse hunting near Bemidji in October.
With just a shovel and a strap from their fish house, two teenagers became heroes in a west metro town. On Nov. 23, Alex Stark and Cody Clements were ice fishing on Long Lake when the two men next to them went through the ice.
A western Minnesota town is rallying behind a veterinarian after she lost nearly everything in a fire. Back in June, a fire destroyed the Appleton Veterinary Clinic. A puppy was trapped inside and also died. Veterinarian Rachel Bakeberg also lost thousands of dollars in medical equipment.
One man is dead and another is hospitalized after a head-on crash in Maple Plain. According to the West Hennepin Public Safety, officers were called to a personal injury crash at 4:22 p.m. Tuesday.
Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, John Lauritsen explores one-way plane tickets, glue containers and eggnog.
It’s the time of year when the sick list can get long. The common cold, the flu and strep throat can leave businesses a bit understaffed. So over the course of the year, how much sick time do we take? The average American worker is given about eight to 10 days of sick leave a year, but most people only take between 3 and 6.
A cancer diagnosis usually means starting treatment right away. Fighting it as soon as possible offers the best chance to successfully get rid of it. But a Minnesota woman who found out she has thyroid cancer is waiting to get it treated. Zach and Teri Johnson always wanted twins. Their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pretty thrilled about the idea, too.
Wild fans hoping to see Ryan Suter in action Wednesday night got some disappointing news. Suter had played 153 consecutive games with the Wild, but was held out Wednesday because of “mump-like” symptoms.
BabyCenter.com announced Tuesday the most popular baby names of 2014. The most popular girls’ name was Sophia for the fifth year in a row. Jackson topped the boys’ list for the second year in a row. Behind every name there’s a story. For 2-month-old Davis, it’s pretty straightforward.
How long can holiday leftovers stick around?
As it is every year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was a big day for gas stations and grocery stores. Many Minnesotans took to the roads Wednesday.
Hundreds of protesters snarled traffic in Minneapolis Tuesday night as they marched on busy streets and highways. Cars drove through crowds at least twice. One particular incident involving a white van happened on Cedar Avenue South.
Law enforcement agencies across Hennepin County say they put a major dent in Twin Cities gang activity Friday. Friday morning, Sheriff Rich Stanek announced the arrests of 11 known gang members from two different gangs.
By now you may have seen the video. Seventy seven inches of snow in less than 48 hours. Buffalo, N.Y.’s winter wonderland has many layers, layers that are providing many headaches for people like Lisa McEwen.
The government is demanding a recall of millions of airbags in the United States. Government officials said defective Takata airbags are responsible for at least five deaths and more than 100 injuries — but they’ve only been recalled in southern states. The defective airbags have exploded incorrectly and sent shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
A Twin Cities man’s website tracks more than 4 million products at over 2,000 shopping sites.
MNsure’s CEO, Scott Leitz, said at a news conference Friday that testing is going well for the state’s health care system. Enrollment starts Saturday at 8 a.m.
We’ve all done it before: That embarrassing pocket dial, where the person on the other end picks up and can hear everything we’re saying without us knowing. But sometimes instead of unknowingly calling a parent or a friend, the emergency dial feature you see on cell phones accidentally gets hit. Brittney Quant husband accidentally pocket-dialed 911, which led to a front-door visit from police.
On Monday we got the snow. “I got out of work early just to come home and work some more,” said Rob Adams of Isanti. On Tuesday we got the cold, and it doesn’t plan on leaving us anytime soon. These November temperatures are about 20-degrees below normal. That means extra layers for bikers. “There’s never a bad time to ride, just bad preparation,” said bicyclist Guy Still.
Last month we shared a story about a grieving Minnesota family who received a special gift from a Vikings player. The Robbins family lost their wife and mom, Maggie, in a car crash in early October.
For the first time, a former Cretin-Derham Hall student is telling his story about being sexually abused by a teacher. Cameron Clarkson said he was 16 when he was abused by Gail Gagne.
Halloween is always a busy night in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s even busier when it falls on a Friday night. Many downtown bars are predicting this will be their busiest night of the entire year. As co-owner of Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar, Linda Rae Holcomb knows that Halloween on Friday means big business.
For the first nine decades of her life, Chengyi Pan was a Chinese citizen. She remembers the days during World War II when American pilots dropped daily supplies, including toothpaste and chocolate.