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.
Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit by Bus at Minnesota Intersection
The fatality is under investigation.
Federal Jury Convicts Three Minnesotans in Child Neglect Case
Court records accuse them of willingfully ignoring their duty to provide the children with necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care and supervision.
Authorities Find Remains of Vulnerable Missing Minnesota Man
He had suffered from dementia.
Massive Amount of Deadly Fentanyl Seized in Minnesota Drug Bust
Law enforcement executed a search warrant early Monday morning.
Hwy. 14 Crash With Semi Sends Owatonna Man to Rochester Hospital
Three people were taken to a hospital.
Small Town Minnesota Murder Suspect Accused of Killing Brother
The victim was 33 years old.
Rochester School District & Rochester Teachers Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
The union is planning to hold all-member meetings to discuss the agreement's terms.
GoFundMe Launched for Rochester Native Killed in Minnesota Standoff Shooting
He grew up in Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School in 2001.
Injury Crash Slows Traffic on Southeast Minnesota Highway
Three vehicles were involved.
Charges: Rochester Man Sexually Abused Child Nightly for Several Months
The charges allege the abuse began at a Rochester residence in July of 2020 and continued through October of 2021 when the victim was under the age of 10.