John Lauritsen

Chicken Farm Expansion Ruffles Neighbors' FeathersForsman Farms of Cokato wants to build a new facility in Stockholm Township that would house more than a million chickens. But neighbors say that would have a negative effect on their quality of life.
State Health Officials Say Flu Cases Down SignificantlyAccording to the Department of Health, last flu season more than 4,000 Minnesotans had to be hospitalized. So far this flu season, there have only been 92.
ZacStrong: Hockey Award Named For Boy Who Died Of CancerThree years ago, Zac Bartz passed away after a lifelong battle with cancer. As a way to honor Zac, the Chisago Lakes Hockey Association named an award after him for a player who shows courage, strength, and love for his teammates, among other attributes.
Fire Damages Several Buildings In Downtown MadeliaThe mayor of a small southern Minnesota city says a major fire has destroyed or damaged at least a-half dozen commercial buildings on Main Street.
Parents Demand Stillwater Schools Stay OpenParents in the Stillwater School District made it clear Thursday that they are against the district closing three elementary schools. The district wants to close Withrow, Marine and Oak Park schools in what is being called the BOLD proposal.
Le Sueur Church Community Shaken After 2 Men Steal Historic BellAuthorities in Le Sueur County say two men are responsible for stealing a historic church bell and then trying to sell parts of it to a scrap yard. Investigators say the bell was taken from St. Paul's Lutheran Church at German Lake last Monday night.
Finding Minnesota: Spring Grove SodaThere was a time when nearly every town in the state had a bottling company -- and many sold their own soda pop. As Coke and Pepsi grew, most bottling companies fizzed out, but one of the oldest bottling companies in the state is still going strong.
Students Attending Rally Get Caught In East Coast BlizzardSome Minnesota students found out first-hand what it was like to be stuck in that East Coast blizzard. About 200 teenagers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis traveled to Washington D.C. this week for a pro-life rally.
Despite Volatile Stock Market, Experts Say Don't Panic With Your MoneyAt one point, the Dow plunged more than 500 points Wednesday before bouncing back to close off by nearly 250. Plummeting oil prices and China's economic slowdown are dragging the markets down.
Basketball Helps Reinvigorate Struggling North Minneapolis HighA huge high school basketball matchup Tuesday night was about more than just the game -- the top-ranked North High School Polars faced the top-ranked Hopkins Royals.
Good Question: How Did MLK Day Become A National Holiday?People across the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. It's been recognized as a national holiday for more than 30 years. So how did Martin Luther King Jr. Day become a national holiday? Good Question.
Good Questions: Warming Up The Car, Wind Chill & State Of The UnionEach Friday, we answer some of our viewers' burning questions. This week, John Lauritsen finds the best way to warm up your car in the winter, some unfamiliar faces at the State of the Union address, and how meteorologists measure wind chill.

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