John Lauritsen

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Credit Card Readers An Easy Target For Thieves

Credit card readers are easy to use for businesses and customers, and now they’ve also become a target for thieves. Brooklyn Park Police say a ring of thieves is going around the Twin Cities stealing the machines off counters.

09/09/2014

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Mpls. Police Give City A+ For All-Star Game Security

It’s been just about two months since the All-Star game was played at Target Field, but Minneapolis Police are just now getting an idea of how much it cost them. It took about 700 police personnel to keep downtown safe during the days leading up to the game.

09/05/2014

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Good Question: What Does It Take To Get Reward Money?

As the search for Lyle “Ty” Hoffman continues, the reward money for his capture grows. Whoever helps authorities track down a man who has eluded police for nearly a month will earn $25,000.

09/04/2014

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Police Believe Ty Hoffman Was At Mystic Lake Casino

A possible sighting of Lyle Marvin “Ty” Hoffman prompted a search in Prior Lake Wednesday morning that ended without his capture, miles and miles away from where police think he robbed a bank a few days ago.

09/03/2014

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Champlin Park High School Gets A Piece Of The Metrodome

The Metrodome may be gone, but a piece of its football history lives on in another stadium. For more than 30 years, the goal of every high school football team in Minnesota was to make it to the Prep Bowl at the Metrodome.

08/29/2014

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Rockford Residents See Water Bills Soar ‘Literally Overnight’

Imagine watching your water bill go up more than $600 in one month. It happened to dozens of residents in the city of Rockford.

08/28/2014

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He Was Praised For Escaping Gang Life, Now He’s Charged In A Shooting

After being held up as an example of how to escape gang life, the founder of one of St. Paul’s largest street gangs is in trouble. James Fields is charged with shooting a man at a bar in St. Paul last week.

08/27/2014

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High School Friend Speaks On Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

The State Department has confirmed that a man who grew up in Minnesota has died while fighting for a terrorist group overseas. Thirty-three-year-old Douglas McCain, who grew up in New Hope, died over the weekend in Syria.

08/26/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014) Day 4

On Sunday, the WCCO team, and fans, put up with the heat and rain during the newscasts. As always, our reporters explored the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/24/2014

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‘The Nerdery’ Hosts Cyber-Security Conference In Bloomington

It’s estimated that more than a 1,000 U.S. businesses have been hit by a cyber attack — and don’t even know it. That’s according to the U.S. Secret Service. Such attacks that have hit Target and Supervalu were the inspiration behind a security conference in Bloomington Saturday.

08/23/2014

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Pronto Preps: Last Minute Preparations Underway At The Fair

The dress rehearsals and the finishing touches were being taken care of Wednesday night, because Thursday morning it’s back to business at the Minnesota State Fair. Bill Mayfield and his crew from Indiana spent the day pumping out taffy on a machine that’s nearly as old as the Fair itself. He’s working his 7th State Fair this year for Sutter’s Taffy.

08/20/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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Supervalu: Hackers Accessed Network That Processes Card Payments

Another Minnesota-based company is trying to figure out how it fell victim to hackers. Supervalu, which owns Cub Foods stores across Minnesota, said hackers accessed a part of its computer network that processes payment card transactions.

08/15/2014

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Program Makes Greener School Buses Via Retrofitting

As school buses take kids to school this fall, they’ll also be doing the environment a favor. As part of the Project Green Fleet program, more than 3,200 buses have been retrofitted to help reduce diesel emissions, according to Mike Harley of Environmental Initiative.

08/14/2014

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Housing Project For Homeless Youth Raises Concerns In Edina

Edina City Hall was packed Wednesday night, over a proposed apartment complex. The 66 West Apartments would provide housing to young adults who have experienced homelessness. The project has plenty of supporters, but it has also raised concerns about safety.

08/13/2014

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Good Question: How Common Is Depression?

His closest friends say Robin Williams would often use humor to hide his depression, which made it harder to detect. Unfortunately, a lot of people are very good at hiding what they’re feeling inside. Nearly 60 million people experience a mental health condition every year. But only a fraction of those conditions are ever detected.

08/12/2014

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Good Question: Who Is ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has already taken over several key cities. This is a militant group that’s so extreme that traditional Al Qaeda has disavowed it. The ISIS jihadists move quickly and brutally.

08/11/2014

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Good Questions: Dog Years, Feed Corn And Road Construction

It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Lisa from Farmington, Minn. asks: why are dog years counted seven years for every one year of human life?

08/08/2014

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Good Question: Why Does Minn. Have A Hard Time Holding On To Sports Stars?

With the Timberwolves likely to trade Kevin Love in a couple weeks, Minnesota sports fans are getting a sense of deja vu. Love is the latest in a long list of Minnesota superstars to be traded, or to leave through free agency.

08/07/2014

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Good Question: Are There Better Ways To Keep Passwords Safe?

Computer hackers may have pulled off the biggest data breach in history. Security experts say a Russian gang stole more than one billion usernames and passwords and 500,000 email addresses.

08/06/2014

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Good Question: How Did Mount Rushmore Get Started?

As many as 3 million people a year visit Mount Rushmore. It’s become a summer vacation destination for a lot of families in Minnesota and nationwide. And it has quite a history.

08/05/2014

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Good Question: Can You Count On Social Security?

With the uncertainty of the stock market, it’s nice to have Social Security there for retirement. But Social Security’s very own board of trustees said that unless changes are made, it could be depleted by the year 2033.

08/04/2014

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Good Questions: Cell Phone Vibration, Telling Time And Clinking Glasses

It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Chris from Hopkins wants to know: what makes cell phones vibrate? Employees from Sprint said there is a circuit board inside your phone with a ringer attached, and a vibration motor attached.

08/01/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Waiting Longer To Buy Homes?

Studies show that more Americans are waiting longer to get married, have kids and buy homes. The highest numbers of those putting off the big commitments are millennials — those in the 20- to 35-year-old range.

07/30/2014

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Good Question: When Does A Bill Go Into Collection?

A new study out Tuesday showed that more than 35 percent of Americans owe money to collections agencies. In most cases, it’s from falling behind on credit cards, medical bills, or student loans.

07/29/2014

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