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 was also nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for a story about a Fairmont police officer who survived an ambush.
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.
This Halloween, families are expected to spend nearly $8 billion celebrating the holiday. That’s a 50 percent jump since just 2005. And a lot of the money is going to costumes. Americans spend about a $1 billion on children’s costumes each year, and another $1.2 billion on adult costumes. How it all got started dates back to the Middle Ages. For the folks at the Theatrical Costume Rental in Minneapolis, 20 percent of their yearly business is done during the month of October. Duck Dynasty, What Does the Fox Say and Jack Sparrow are just a few popular costumes this year.
It’s the highlight of every day for 8th-grader Aaron Salmon. After classes get done at Immanuel Lutheran, he joins Catholic students as a member of the Mankato Loyola varsity football team. The two schools are a co-op, and Aaron is the only varsity player from Immanuel Lutheran.
While the shutdown lingers across the nation, local veterans affairs offices are off-limits to the public. “Veterans obviously are wondering, ‘Where do I go?’ It’s continuous,” Tom Hanson said.
As the stare down over the government shutdown ends its eighth night in Washington, lawmakers are readying for another fight.
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A family has a message for whoever stole thousands worth of hockey gear from a 13-year-old girl. Sometime between last Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, someone stole Jordyn Tomaszewksi’s hockey equipment out of her mom’s car, which had been parked in their driveway. “It was gone, everything. The whole back of our Explorer was completely empty,” said Jordyn’s mom, Robin.
A Dassel-Cokato teenager is in stable condition at the hospital but having some complications as he recovers from suffering a brain injury on the field that almost killed him. “It was three weeks ago tomorrow that Luke was injured — we’ve had a lot of highs and a lot of lows,” mother Sara Nelson said.
With fall comes the beginning of the hunting season in Minnesota. Duck and goose hunting is already underway, and in a few weeks the deer hunting season will start as well. Every year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a special three-day season for youth hunters in October. But there’s a lot more to the special season than attracting young hunters.
A Minnesota family is grieving the loss of a mother and a wife after a tragic accident. At about 6 p.m. Tuesday night, 48-year-old Peggy Keocher, of Stacy, Minn., was riding in a car as her daughter Becky drove north on I-35W near Lino Lakes.
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Friday night is the biggest fundraiser of the year at Orchestra Hall, and it’s taking place in the middle of a lockout that has gone on for nearly a year. “This is devastating to all families and musicians to not be able to play for a year,” said principal cellist Anthony Ross. Nearly all day, musicians have been holding signs outside Orchestra Hall asking for support from the public during the lockout.
After being on the run for 15 days, Andrew Dikken made his first appearance in court a couple of hours ago.