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.
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.
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.
A college freshman is trying to turn a negative situation into a positive after receiving a racist note in his dorm room. Raul Guzman is a freshman at Carleton College in Northfield.
A New Brighton father and son made court appearances Wednesday on charges relating to the fatal feud with neighbors over feeding deer.
Julia Speck would often hear her 17-year-old neighbor, John David LaDue, throwing knives and axes at a tree in the front yard.
On Tuesday, a Little Falls, Minn. man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his home. Now that Byron Smith has been convicted of murder, the evidence that was used in his trial is being released. Much of it is too graphic or disturbing to be shown on TV.
The future of a historical, century-old Minneapolis house was decided Friday morning. The house on Colfax Avenue was built 120 years ago by master builder T.P. Healy. Because of who built the house and its age, many consider it a historic property and untouchable.
Thousands of runners finished the Boston Marathon on Monday, something that was taken away from many of them last year. Fifty-one-year-old Elinor Scott of St. Louis Park was just three-quarters of a mile from finishing her dream, when two explosions forced her off the course.
Friends, family and teammates are mourning the loss of a college baseball player. On Tuesday, the body of 23-year-old Dan Buehner was recovered from the Sheyenne River in Valley City, North Dakota. Buehner, who grew up in Blaine, was a senior at Valley City State University and a captain on the baseball team.
A decision by Allina Health to stop water births led to a protest outside a Shakopee Hospital Monday morning. Earlier this month, Allina began telling doulas and expecting moms that underwater births would no longer be an option.
A Minneapolis man says he was brutalized by Roseville police, and now he’s taking them to court. The incident happened last May near Lexington Avenue and Highway 36.
After nearly dying in a fiery car crash, a St. Paul man finally got the chance to thank the officers who saved his life. Ronnie Christmas, 23, was pulled from his burning car during the early morning hours of April 5. He has significant injuries, but on Thursday the Maplewood officers who saved him paid him a special visit.
Another winter storm would be the last thing the state’s fishing industry needs. Many bait shops and resort owners say business was down this winter because it was simply too cold to be on the ice.
The countdown is on. Taxpayers have until midnight Tuesday to get their taxes done. The IRS will receive about 135 million tax returns by the April 15 deadline. About 90 percent of those are now filed electronically. In a roundabout way, that’s helped cut down on the number of audits the IRS can conduct.
A bad harvest year in Mexico has caused the price of limes to go way up. They’ve become so expensive that some airlines have quit serving them on planes. Lucas Price is a bartender at Barrio in downtown Minneapolis, a place known for its tacos and tequila. But lately, it’s a little green fruit that’s been putting the squeeze on Price.