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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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Army Recruiter Tells Of Being Dragged, Kicked By Hit-And-Run Driver

For the first time Wednesday, an Army recruiter spoke to interviewers about how he survived being dragged for nearly a mile by a hit-and-run driver.

01/15/2014

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Minnesota Orchestra Board, Musicians Ratify New Contract

On early Tuesday evening, the Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors and the musicians of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, effective Feb. 1.

01/14/2014

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Memorial Hockey Tourney To Be Held For Edina Boy

The life of an Edina boy is being remembered through the sport he loved best. Eight-year-old Quinn Kirsch died from a heart condition one year ago this week. He was the youngest of four brothers. Quinn loved his Irish heritage and ice hockey. When Quinn was two, doctors detected a hole in his heart and a pacemaker was implanted.

01/09/2014

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Sheriff: 2 Teens Die In Pine Island Murder-Suicide

Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after two teens were killed inside a southeastern Minnesota home early Monday night.

01/07/2014

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Frozen Fuel Causes Delays At MSP Airport

While cars had trouble starting Monday, dozens of planes didn’t get off the ground at all. Some airlines had to cancel flights after jet fuel actually froze at airports across the Midwest. There were 50 flights cancelled and more than two dozen delays at MSP Monday. But almost none of them had to do with the local weather, according to airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.

01/06/2014

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Just Because Dogs Have Coats Doesn’t Mean They Can Handle Extreme Cold

The weather has been frigid to say the least, and it’s about to get worse. But the concern over the cold isn’t just about us, it’s about man’s best friend.

01/03/2014

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Family Remembers Teen Killed In Sledding Accident

A town is mourning the loss of a teenager who died on New Year’s Eve. Katelyn Hank of Le Sueur was sledding at a friend’s house. Another person was on the back of her sled when they hit a tree.

01/02/2014

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Firefighters Faced With Cold, Ice & Frozen Hoses In Apt. Fire

It’s hard enough for fire crews to battle a fire, just imagine doing it in sub-zero temperatures. The fire chief called conditions at the Cedar Avenue apartment fire in Minneapolis, “brutal.”

01/01/2014

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Quick-Thinking Skiers, AED Save Teen At Afton Alps

A Wisconsin teenager is alive, thanks to the quick-thinking of those around him. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Mannon was skiing at Afton Alps Saturday when he collapsed. He doesn’t remember very much from that day, but those who helped save his life remember everything.

12/31/2013

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Good Question: Are There Health Benefits To The Cold?

Struggling to get above zero is less than ideal, especially when you spend more time getting dressed for the weather than actually being in it. But believe it or not, the cold does have some health benefits. We have the flu bug, but no other bugs to deal with, according to Dr. Christina Manders, a family physician with Fairview Clinics in Savage. “We don’t see Lyme disease, we don’t see West Nile. So tick-borne infections, mosquito-borne infections are not a factor,” Manders said.

12/30/2013

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Iraqi Interpreter Settles In To New Life In Minn.

After years of living in a war-torn country, an Iraqi man is starting a new life in Minnesota with the help of some American soldiers he met overseas. Twelve days ago, Khalid, known by American soldiers as “Phillip,” arrived in the Twin Cities. “Twelve days without any check points. Nobody asks me where I’m going, you know, all the security stuff. And you feel safe,” Khalid said. “The first three, four days [it] was exciting. First time to see snow, you know. All this nice weather, but now, I feel cold.”

12/27/2013

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Don’t Neglect End-Of-Year Tax Write Offs

In the midst of the holidays, taxes are likely the last thing on the minds of most people. But maybe they shouldn’t be. From selling a car to buying energy efficient windows, there are ways to get money back before 2013 comes to an end. And there may be a few extra tax deductions that most people don’t even know about, according to Jeff Bergerson of Bergerson Tax Services in St. Paul. The Energy Efficient Credit is a major one.

12/23/2013

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Iraq Vet Plans To Open Vet-Run, Military-Style Gym

Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. “I was thinking, ‘There’s a good chance I could die out here.’ And I obviously came really close,” Weida said. He struggled with what to do with his life when he came home, but now he has a plan to help himself, and veterans just like him. Derek loved everything about the military, especially the brothers and sisters he made as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.

12/20/2013

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Mpls. Man With Permit Pulls Out Gun, Stops Robbery In Progress

A Minneapolis man helped stop a robbery by pulling a gun on the bad guys. Matt Dosser saw two men standing outside the University Market in northeast Minneapolis Tuesday night. One had a gun, and they had just attacked the clerk inside.

12/18/2013

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Archbishop To Step Aside Amid Sexual Abuse Allegation

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Tuesday an allegation of inappropriate touching has been brought against Archbishop John Nienstedt.

12/17/2013

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