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.
Victim of Fatal Minnesota State Park Landslide ID’D
He was 19 years old.
1 Killed, 2 Injured After Car Fleeing Minnesota Trooper Crashes into Wall
The trooper spotted the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.
Late-Night Break-in of Occupied Rochester Hotel Room Sends Man to Prison
The woman staying in the room was awakened by a tickle on her thigh.
No Headlights Leads to Rochester Fentanyl Pill, Gun Bust
An officer traveling south of 3rd Ave. Southeast passed a northbound vehicle without headlights on.
Police Arrest Suspect in After-Hours Shooting at Rochester Park
Officers found spent and live rounds inside of the vehicle, the report says.
Rochester City Council to Vote on Tax Increase Monday
A public hearing will precede the vote.
3 Deaths on Roads in First 2 Days of December in Minnesota
Two of the incidents were crashes that happened Friday and the third fatality involved a pedestrian Saturday night.
2 Killed, 1 Hurt in Shooting Near University of Minnesota
The fatal shooting happened early Sunday morning.
Rural Olmsted County Crash Sends Plainview Man to Hospital
Both vehicles were traveling in the same direction when they collided.
Mudslide at Minnesota State Park Claims Young Man’s Life
He was pronounced dead upon recovery.