T.J. Leverentz has been a trusted voice covering news and sports in Southeast Minnesota for nearly 10 years. He got his start in college at Winona State before moving to Rochester in 2022. He's dedicated to covering the news that matters most in Rochester and across the state including crime, local government, education and breaking news. When he's not in the newsroom he's out a local high school broadcasting football and basketball games. T.J. is a huge sports fan and when he's not on the clock he's spending time with family and friends, teeing it up at the golf course or trying to tackle projects at his house.
Mudslide at Minnesota State Park Claims Young Man’s Life
He was pronounced dead upon recovery.
New Law in Place for Minnesota Ice Anglers This Year
It’s meant to solve an annual problem seen on the state’s lakes.
Electric Car Driver Killed in Crash at Minnesota Interchange
The vehicle struck the median.
3 Taken to Hospital After Car Hits Deer on Minnesota Freeway
The sedan, which was occupied by three people, was traveling in the southbound lanes when it hit the deer.
Inmate Convicted of Multiple Felonies Escapes Southern Minnesota Jail
He's reported to have escaped custody Monday night.
Mayo Clinic Announces Minnesota’s First Robotic-Assisted Kidney Transplant
The transplant happened earlier this month.
Statewide Effort Warns Minnesotans of Utility Scams
The natural gas provider said they’ve partnered with law enforcement to flood social media with information to protect Minnesotans from utility scams.
Minnesota Authorities Pull Bodies of Fishermen From River
Water Patrols responded to the report of a fishing boat going in circles and a body being seen in the water.
Six Arrested in Massive Southern Minnesota Meth Bust
The bust was part of a multi-week investigation.
Train Hits Logging Truck at Rural Minnesota Rail Crossing
The crossing does not have any gates or a stop sign.