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.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help with its annual frog and toad calling survey — where you sit out in nature, simply listen and record what you hear.The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help with its annual frog and toad calling survey — where you sit out in nature, simply listen and record what you hear.
Minneapolis police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver involved in a fatal hit and run incident early this morning.
Home sales are at their highest level in three years according to new national figures released on Thursday. In Minnesota, the big story remains the lack of homes on the market.
If taking a train to Duluth sounds pretty good to you, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for your input.
We’re expecting between 6 and 12 inches of snow in the latest winter storm to hit Minnesota, but will it help our drought conditions?
As the Minnesota Orchestra’s lockout continues into its fifth month, Minneapolis officials are grappling with the economic impact of lots of lost revenue.
Officials said Wednesday using more solar energy would mean more jobs in Minnesota. A new bill introduced at the State Capitol Wednesday would dramatically ramp up Minnesota’s investment in solar energy.
A Twin Cities business owner is turning her attention from cupcakes to saving Minnesota’s moose. Robin Johnson is launching a fundraising drive to help researchers study Minnesota’s declining moose population.
A Twin Cities agency that handles many Russian adoptions is taking a wait-and-see approach to Russian President Putin’s signing of a bill that would ban adoptions by American parents.
A 23-year-old Pipestone, Minn. man was killed after he fell down the smokestack of a Chicago hotel while trying to take a photo.
A new study shows net worth among American households has dropped to $57,000, a 43-year low.
An annual survey on kids’ well-being shows 16- to 24-year olds are finding it tough to get an entry-level job these days due to lingering effects of the recession and competition from older workers.
Could “Saint Grand” be prompting some copycat generosity?
Best Buy’s website is up and running at full capacity following a glitch Monday that aggravated loyalty program customers getting an early shot at Black Friday deals.