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.
Emily from St. Cloud wants to know what happens to all the sandbags after the flooding is over? If the sand isn’t contaminated with floodwater, it can be used as fill for things like playgrounds and sidewalks. But in most cases, the sand is contaminated.
You see them all over the Twin Cities: Metro Mobility buses. Ridership increases nearly 10 percent every year, and it’s almost impossible not to notice them.
You hear people complain about them all the time in the summer: chigger bites. For some people, they are even worse than mosquito bites because more can attack at once and they can leave you itchy for days.
The Fourth of July is fast approaching. And as it gets closer, you’ll hear a lot of Minnesotans say they’re going to Wisconsin or South Dakota to buy fireworks.
When our state has flooding, experts are able to tell us days out exactly how high a river will rise. And they’re usually correct within a couple inches. With millions of gallons of water involved, how do they know?
Customers sitting behind Three Crows Café are also now sitting just a couple feet from the Crow River. Three Crows Café co-owner Brad Coburn has been through this before. There was little flood damage in 2010, but Coburn’s not sure luck is on their side this time.
Flooding is so widespread across Minnesota that families from the Canadian border to the Iowa border are trying to dry out. And many homeowners are seeing water seep into their homes and basements.
Summer vacation means more free time for kids, and more parents looking for someone to watch their kids. Occasionally parents need a time-out for themselves, which is when a qualified babysitter can capitalize.
Every four years, soccer fans get in line just to get their kicks at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis. Shane Higgins is the general manager at Brit’s and an amateur soccer player. “Last week was a record-breaking week for us and there were only three World Cup games, ” Higgins said.
Brad from Watertown wants to know: Why are there dots on our windshields? Our friends from Abra Auto Body and Glass helped us with this one. Basically those dots are there to stop UV rays from coming in from the sun. Without the dots, UV rays could burn the adhesive that holds the windshield in place.
We had above average rainfall in May, causing some Twin Cities lakes to overflow.
There was hope that the rain would help White Bear Lake. The water level was down 6 feet last year — the lowest it has ever been.
Many Minnesotans will likely be heading to the cabin or lake this weekend. And as they drive, the speed limit will be 55 mph in some areas, 65 mph and maybe even 70 in others. Kevin Gutknecht is the communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Their case is perhaps not unlike the horror stories that inspired it. Two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing a friend nearly 20 times in the woods near Milwaukee – all to impress a make-believe Internet monster. His name is Slenderman, a faceless ghoul many parents had likely never heard of until this week.
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.
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.