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.
Teen Predator Bust: Minnesota Deputy Arrested & Charged in Sting Operation
The charges say an undercover officers were posing as teens online to catch individuals seeking to solicit sexual acts with underaged girls.
GoFundMe Launched for Victim of Alleged Fatal Rochester Poisoning
She was 32 years old.
Man Impersonating Police Officer in Southern Minnesota
The suspected imposter is described as a skinny, tall white male in his 40’s with short hair along the sides and bald on top.
Statewide Alert Canceled After Missing Minnesota Man is Found Dead
The BCA canceled the alert Sunday evening.
Officer Posing as Teen Girl Online Leads to Charges Against Rochester Man
He's accused of knowingly messaging girls he thought were 13 and 14 years old.
Fire That Killed Man, 2 Animals Under Investigation in Twin Cities
The man was extracted from the home and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
5-Year-Old Killed in Rural Minnesota Crash
The child was found trapped under the vehicle.
Inmate Convicted of Multiple Felonies Escapes Southern Minnesota Jail
He's reported to have escaped custody Monday night.
Body Found Along Twin Cities Freeway ID’D as Missing Minnesota Man
He was last heard from on October 8.
Southern Minnesota Mother Sentenced for Death of Her Infant Son
The child was two months old.
Statewide Missing Person Alert Issued for Minnesota College Student
He was last seen at a campus residence hall.
Twin Cities Man Killed in Southeast Minnesota Motorcycle Crash (Update)
The crash happened in Wabasha County.