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.
It’s been four months since 18-year-old Zach Sobiech passed away after a hard-fought battle with bone cancer. But even in death, his music lives on. Days after he passed away, Sobiech’s song “Clouds” reached number one on iTunes.
Two army recruiters were injured Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle in a parking lot across from Rosedale Mall. The vehicle kept going, dragging one of the men under the car then fled the scene, according to authorities.
Authorities say two men are in custody after they apparently kidnapped another man in the west Twin Cities metro Wednesday night. Police said the incident happened late Wednesday night in Medina near the area of Highway 55 and Pioneer Trail.
When it comes to Apple, John O’Brien Schroeder is excited to take a bite out of what the newest iPhone has to offer. “The iPhone 5S has touch ID, which has the method of unlocking the phone by your fingerprint,” O’Brien Schroeder said. O’Brien Schroeder works for Team Technology in Woodbury. They’ve specialized in Apple products for more than 30 years.
Clean-up took about two-and-a-half months, and FEMA helped pay for about $2 million worth of the cost. Still, city leaders say they are $1 million short.
It’s the eve of 12-straight days of State Fair fun. For Minnesota State Fair vendors, it’s 12 days of 12-hour plus work. For places like The Lunchbox, it’s actually 19 straight days. They open a week early for the early birds that come in to set up.
About 50 brass flower vases were stolen from Mahtomedi grave sites over the weekend and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating them, and in identifying the suspects involved. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mahtomedi reported that the 50-some 10-inch tall and 4-inch wide vases are each valued at $200. They went missing on Saturday and Sunday.
You can’t call it the calm before the storm because there’s no sign of severe weather – just a whole lot of heat and humidity. Summer, in the scorching sense, hasn’t made an appearance in quite a while. Recently it’s felt almost like fall. But like a carefree kid getting ready to head back to school, a reality check is also on the way in the form of 90-degree weather.
At dairy farms across Minnesota, robots are moving in. Over the past couple years, dozens of dairy farmers have turned to “robotic milking” as a way to help their business.
Recent cases of violent crime in East St. Paul sparked a heated debate on Thursday night. Neighbors packed Arlington Hills Lutheran Church to voice their concerns to city leaders and law enforcement. The community concerns stem from a mid-July shooting that claimed the life of 17-year-old Vincent Allison, and also after a group of people severely beat 26-year-old Ray Widstrand earlier this month.
Her family is busy organizing Saturday’s first annual “5K for Dani J.” It will take place at Colby Lake in Woodbury, a place she knew well.
When we first met Andre Robinson in March, he did nothing to hide his creativity or boundless energy. And that’s great to see, because Andre has come a long way. When he was less than three weeks old, his dad dropped him after slipping on the stairs.
A Twin Cities suburb has bragging rights Monday after being named one of the top cities to live in America. Chanhassen was ranked 4th by Money Magazine for cities with a population under 50,000. The city has been in the top 10 before, and ranked as high as number two a few years ago.
The cost of college tuition these days has a lot of students wondering if it’s even worth it to go.
Lake Mille Lacs has been known for decades as a Minnesota summer hotspot. But this year, businesses around the lake are saying it’s been one of their worst summers ever. It’s gotten so bad that a popular restaurant with a 90-year history is shutting its doors.