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.
Elderly Homeowner Killed in Rural Minnesota House Fire
The deadly fire is under investigation.
Jail Scam With Local Twist Costs Rochester Woman Thousands of Dollars
A man claiming to be an attorney told the victim her son was in jail for striking a pregnant woman with his vehicle.
Bike Theft Leads to New Charges Against Chronic Rochester Thief
He has nine prior theft convictions.
SE Minnesota Teams Seeded for 2024 Section 1 Tournament
The action gets started Monday and continues Thursday.
3 Injured After Minnesota Deputy’s Squad Strikes Vehicle Head-On
The three were taken to a nearby hospital.
Man Accused of Trying to Steal Rochester Church’s Donation Box
He was arrested one day after the alleged theft attempt.
Moving On: Southeast Minnesota Section Hoops Quarterfinals Set
16 teams punched their tickets to Rochester to compete in the Section Quarterfinals.
Police Issue Warning Following Rochester Car Break-in Thefts
The warning comes after police responded to two theft reports.
ATV Operator Airlifted After Being Pinned in Rural Minnesota Crash
First responders found the driver in the ditch.
LOOK: 2024’s Major Road Projects in Southeast Minnesota
Construction season will be here before we know it. Check out the major road projects on the docket in southeast Minnesota this year.