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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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Good Question: Do Black Bears Have To Be Put Down?

There are 10,000 – 15,000 black bears in the state of Minnesota. So it’s no surprise that every once in a while one of them takes a detour into the cities. Angie Murad has been keeping up with the male black bear that’s wandered through Savage, Burnsville, Eagan and likely close to her home in Apple Valley.

06/03/2014

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Good Question: Can Some Get By On Less Than 8 Hours Of Sleep?

A lot of factors go into how many Z’s we catch at night, like snoring and kids who wake up before the sun’s up. “For most adults, 7 hours would be a minimum they should be getting,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler.

06/02/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Robins, Rainbows & Socks

Robins are rocking our lawns this time of year, and that got Mary from Minneapolis wondering: How do robins know where worms are in the ground? A lot of times you’ll see robins tilting their heads. That’s called “head cocking,” and what they are actually doing is looking for soil pellets on top of the ground that indicate a wormhole and maybe a worm inside.

05/30/2014

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Good Question: Which Sunscreen Is Best For You?

There’s traditional sunscreen, and even drinks and pills that promise protection or skin damage repair. But which sunscreen is the best for you?

05/29/2014

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Good Question: Do Vets Have To Visit VA For Care?

There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.

05/28/2014

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Good Question: What Are Blisters?

They’re a nuisance, they’re uncomfortable and they seem to pop up this time of year. Whether you are running, gardening or golfing, chances are good you’ll get a blister at some point.

05/27/2014

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Good Question: How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

Not everything we wear finds its way into the washing machine. Some of our clothes have to be dry cleaned. And for many, that means frequent trips to the local dry cleaner to have suits and blazers professionally treated. And chances are pretty good you have no idea the journey your clothes embark upon at the dry cleaner.

05/26/2014

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Good Question: How Often Should We Wash Jeans?

Every man, woman and child seems to have a favorite pair of blue jeans. But how often you wash them, or “warsh” them like our grandmothers used to say, is up for debate.

05/22/2014

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Mpls. Police Reveal Preparation For ‘Dinkytown Disturbance’

Minneapolis Police allowed WCCO to see firsthand how officers trained for handling last month’s “Dinkytown Disturbance.” Police say they were far more prepared for last month’s event than they were during the riot in 2003. Each of these police situations occurred after the Gopher men’s hockey team appeared in national championship games.

05/21/2014

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Minneapolis To Host 2018 Super Bowl

NFL owners voted to hold Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis in 2018, over competing bids from New Orleans and Indianapolis. Officials with the Vikings and Minneapolis went to Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday to make their final pitch in a closed-door meeting.

05/20/2014

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Memorial Day Cookouts May Be Costly As Meat Prices Increase

Cookouts may be a little bit more expensive this Memorial Day. With the holiday weekend coming up it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate, but you may want to skip the cookouts this year as the price of meat is going up.

05/19/2014

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Minn. Doctor Joins Team Italy In 20th FIFA World Cup

The 20th Fifa World Cup will begin June 12 in Brazil, and a Minnesota man will get a chance to live his dream. Dr. John Pietila is a chiropractor in Burnsville, Minn. In June he’ll be going to the World Cup as part of Team Italy.

05/18/2014

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Wild Ticket Sales Soar Despite Loss

The season may be over, but the excitement from the Minnesota Wild’s playoff run is carrying over. Kyle Domin signed on with the Wild as an account executive right before the playoffs. He didn’t know what he was in for.

05/16/2014

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Mosquito Control Experts Already Combating West Nile

In Minnesota, it’s well known that rabbits can’t even multiply at the rate of mosquitoes. “I noticed earlier this year on one of the first nice days we all went outside and we all got bit,” said Amy Hall of Minneapolis.

05/14/2014

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With This Weather, Scheduling Spring Sports Is No Easy Task

It felt a bit like March out there Tuesday, not May. But for some high school sports teams, it was good enough. Just like last year, it has been a challenging spring to try and get baseball and softball games in. Snow in April and a rainy May have some schools working overtime to get a season in.

05/13/2014

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