Laura Oakes enjoyed her time at WCCO so much, she has happily returned to the News Department! Oakes first joined the station in 1996 as a Broadcast Journalist and Producer of the Pat Miles Show. After sampling television, Public Relations and Marketing, Oakes is thrilled to rejoin one of most widely-respected radio news teams in the Midwest. A native of Shakopee, Oakes attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she studied Communication and History and worked in local radio and TV. Over the years, Oakes has covered many major news events for WCCO, and most enjoys feature reporting and politics.
Oakes and her husband, Chris are enjoying the antics of their pre-teen son and newly-adopted, howl-happy beagle, Daisy. In her free time, she enjoys dog walks, biking, fishing, writing and home remodeling.
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Conn. Twenty children and 6 adults were killed. Paul Hagan of Minneapolis lost his niece and told WCCO’s Dave Lee today the family is still recovering.
Disbelief? Shock? Joy? All of the above apply when it comes to filling up at the gas pump these days. AAA Minnesota reports an average price of $3 per gallon in the Twin Cities metro area.
A local business woman is turning a kitchen mistake into big business. It also started when pastry chef Katie Sanchez tried to make apple jelly without reading the directions.
Authorities said 13 passengers were ejected and three had to be airlifted to a local hospital after a transport van slid off an icy freeway in southwestern Minnesota Thursday morning.
If you’ve ever wished to paddle a giant pumpkin down a river, this weekend is your chance. A pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix is part of this weekend’s Harvest Festival in Stillwater. Spokeswoman Cassie McLemore said yes, giant pumpkins do float.
Ramsey County investigators say they have busted a major identity theft ring involving the personal information of hundreds. Four St. Paul women have been charged in the string of ID thefts.
The Minnesota man who killed a father and son inside their La Crosse, Wis. photo shop last fall has been sentenced to life in prison. Forty-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota was convicted in July for the killings of 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son, A.J.
Bear attacks and mauling incidents are in the news all too often recently — 7 attacks in 5 states in the past week, seemingly unprovoked. But the chances of coming face to face with one in Minnesota are thankfully pretty slim.
There will be no “Running of the Bulls” at Canterbury Park after all. While Canterbury had not formally agreed to host “The Great Bull Run” next year, the event was tentatively scheduled for next May.
It’s time to get out and try that new restaurant you’ve been wondering about. It’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s “Summer Restaurant Week,” where more than 40 restaurants are offering lunches and dinners at deep discounts.
The Guthrie Theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend in Minneapolis. Spokeswoman Trish Santini says it all began in the early 1960s when founder Tyrone Guthrie was looking for a home for what he envisioned to be a world-class, regional theater. Guthrie wanted a space with all of the top-notch talent of Broadway
The state of the roof at Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building has everyone abuzz. Literally. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have donated a pair of hives that could help grow bee colonies exceeding 50,000 each.
Just in time for the busy holiday travel weekend, Minnesota is getting some new state troopers. Forty two new state troopers cadets are graduating Thursday after four months of training at Camp Ripley.
It’s opening a week later than usual, but rain, snow or shine, the show will go on for the St. Paul Farmer’s Market in Lowertown.
On Wednesday, a bicyclist narrowly avoided a Molotov cocktail that was tossed from the bridge over the Midtown Greenway. Though the bicyclist was not injured, the incident has prompted a meeting to improve safety measures along the bike path.