Laura Oakes

Laura Oakes started her career with WCCO Radio in 1996, working primarily in the station’s award-winning newsroom, and also enjoying a stint as a show producer. Over the years, Oakes has covered many major news events for WCCO, and has won several local and regional awards for her newscasts and feature stories. A native of Shakopee, Oakes attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she studied Communication and History.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 1996
Hometown: Shakopee, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota-Duluth

FAVORITES
Music: All, but leaning toward jazz these days
Movie: Elf
TV Show: Bloodline
Book: Living a Life that Matters, Rabbi Harold Kushner
Food: Salmon
Local Restaurant: Pizzeria Lola
Hidden MN Gem: Paddleboarding off Park Point in Duluth
Sport/Exercise: Biking
Historical Figure: Dalai Lama
Famous Minnesotan: Prince
Quote: “If you don’t find a balance between pressure and pleasure, your epitaph is going to read, ‘Got everything done. Died anyway.'”
Word: Jeepers
Vacation Spot: San Francisco/Big Sur
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Mars

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ vs. ‘Goose’? Goose

Laura Oakes started her career with WCCO Radio in 1996, working primarily in the station’s award-winning newsroom, and also enjoying a stint as a show producer. Over the years, Oakes has covered many major news events for WCCO, and has won several local and regional awards for her newscasts and feature stories. A native of Shakopee, Oakes attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she studied Communication and History.

Oakes and her husband, Chris are plenty busy keeping up with their teenage son, traveling whenever possible, and remodeling so many homes they could have their own TV show. She also likes biking, dog walks along the river in St. Paul, fishing, and watercolor painting.

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A Look At The Science Behind Stuttering

The severity of stuttering ran the gamut at a recent National Stuttering Association Twin Cities chapter meeting.

05/10/2016

"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" Paul McCartney "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band"

Herbivorous Butcher Serves Paul McCartney Dinner

A local vegan butcher shop had the honor of serving dinner to Sir Paul McCartney before his concert in Minneapolis last night.

05/05/2016

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Minnesota Congressman Works To Help The State’s Small Banks

Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer is making a push to help small banks and credit unions in Minnesota. Emmer said the state has lost a quarter of them since the Dodd-Frank Act went into effect after the Great Recession.

05/05/2016

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Twins’ Byung Ho Park Still Getting Accustomed To American Life

The Twins have had their eye on the South Korean slugger since high school, and judging by his recent 462-foot blast to center field, their instincts were right.

04/19/2016

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Police Seek Suspects In St. Paul Walgreens Robbery, Drug Theft

St. Paul police are looking for suspects after a large amount of prescription drugs were taken from a Walgreens on Monday.

04/06/2016

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Police: Naked Man Flees Fatal Apple Valley Crash

One man is dead and another is in custody following a fatal crash on the border of Apple Valley and Lakeville during the rush hour Friday morning. Lakeville police say the crash happened at about 8:30 a.m. on 160th Street and Cedar Avenue.

04/01/2016

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Use Of Minneapolis Parking App Growing Each Month

The new Minneapolis parking app appears to be going gangbusters.

03/31/2016

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Sun Country May Offer Nonstop Flights From Minneapolis To Cuba

Flying nonstop from Minneapolis to Cuba? It’s now possible. That’s if the federal government approves a request from Sun Country Airlines.

03/03/2016

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Minnesota At The Movies: Red Carpet Fashion At The Oscars

It’s not as though many of us have a closet-full of feathered gowns for special occasions. So just why do we care what the movie stars will be wearing on the red carpet at this weekend’s Oscars? You may be surprised.

02/23/2016

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Real Estate Analysts Concerned About Possible Shortage Of Sellers

Local real estate analysts are keeping a close eye on the highly-anticipated spring housing market. The spring market begins to hit its stride in March and this year is expected to be no different.

02/23/2016

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Wetterlings Mark Missing Son Jacob’s 38th Birthday

Patty and Jerry Wetterling spent a tough Wednesday marking their missing son’s 38th birthday. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped in 1989 while biking home with his brother and a friend in his hometown of St. Joseph.

02/17/2016

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St. Paul Launches Winter Parking App

Tuesday’s snow event is prompting snow emergencies in many Minnesota cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul. And in St. Paul, the city has launched a new winter parking app intended to clarify snow emergency rules and clearly show where parking is and is not allowed.

02/02/2016

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Man Who Shot Himself During Oakdale Police Search ID’d

The man who died in an incident Thursday morning has been identified. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were sent to the 2700 block of Granite Avenue North at about 8 a.m.

01/29/2016

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Superintendent Reassigns Admins To Help Troubled St. Paul Schools

St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva is working to help some of the districts most troubled schools. On Tuesday, Silva is reassigning as many as 50 district administrators to help out in schools most-troubled by recent violence.

01/18/2016

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Turkey Growers Prep For Possible Fall Bird Flu Outbreak

Minnesota turkey farmers are a little on edge these days as the state’s waterfowl start to fly south for the winter. Ducks and other waterfowl are believed to be the primary source of avian influenza. They are carriers of the bug, but are somehow immune to it.

10/08/2015

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MnDOT/WisDOT: St. Croix Bridge Project Will Not Be Completed On Schedule

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation announced Friday that the new bridge linking Stillwater to Hudson will not be completed on schedule in the Fall of 2016.

09/04/2015

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Gov. Dayton, Mexico Secretary Of Foreign Affairs Complete Trade Mission

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs completed an important trade mission by signing five new agreements Tuesday.

08/11/2015

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Group Of Techie Teens From Twin Cities Heading To Silicon Valley

A group of tech-minded teens from the Twin Cities is on the summer trip of a lifetime this week. It’s an all-expenses paid, hands-on field trip to Silicon Valley.

07/27/2015

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Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle – 3 Success Stories

We’ve been hearing a lot this week about the struggles, perceptions and realities of Somali-Americans living in the Twin Cities. But along with the difficulties, there are many success stories to be told. WCCO’s Laura Oakes introduces us to a few in our last installment of “Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle.”

06/05/2015

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Minnesota Approves 2 Labs To Test Medical Marijuana

Another step in the process as medical cannabis becomes legal in Minnesota in just a few months. Minnesota’s medical cannabis program is still on track to begin this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health is approving two laboratories to test the products that will be coming from the state’s medical cannabis manufacturers.

04/29/2015

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Andover High Schoolers To Hold Prom For Senior Citizens

Hair and makeup? Check. Tuxedo? Check. Now it’s just waiting for that special date to arrive. It’s almost showtime for a special group of Twin Cities seniors. They may be pushing their 90s, but they are finding you’re never too old to go to prom.

04/24/2015

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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival Kicks Off

Minneapolis is indeed a cultural hub this weekend, with literary writers from all over the country already in town for the AWP Conference, and now film-makers from all over the world kicking off the 33rd annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

04/10/2015

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NTSB Releases Recommendations For Oil Train Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board is out with some new recommendations to help prevent explosive oil train wrecks. They include retrofitting train cars with protective systems better able to withstand fire, and relief valves that can prevent pressure from building inside the tank cars.

04/07/2015

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Tracking Danger: Oil Train Disaster Could Devastate Rural Towns

The number is staggering. More than 326,000 Minnesotans — most of them in the Twin Cities area — live within what is considered an evacuation zone in the event of a major oil train disaster. So, is the state doing enough to make sure local communities are protected?

WCCO’s Laura Oakes has the next in our five-part series, Tracking Danger: Minnesota’s Crude Reality.

03/31/2015

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U Of M Drops Racial Descriptions From Crime Alerts

The University of Minnesota will drop racial descriptions from campus crime alerts, unless the description of a suspect is detailed enough to identify the person.

02/25/2015

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