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.
A few things to keep in mind if air travel is in your plans this holiday week.
The scruffy look is in across the country — at least for the month of November. “Movember” is officially in full swing.
Halloween parties will be in full-swing, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is hoping a new round of radio spots will help remind folks to stay off the roads if they’ve been drinking.
It’s going to be an uplifting day to say the least in Fargo. The first clue? Two miles worth of bras strung together and draped over Fargo’s Hotel Donaldson.
Dying to try a new restaurant but holding back because it’s not in your budget? Have no fear, Restaurant Week is here.
The state’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 5.8 percent in September, a full two percentage points better than the national rate.
Wisconsin’s first wolf hunting season is underway, and like in Minnesota, it’s not without some controversy.
From the tame, child-friendly Planet Spooky to haunted houses and hayrides that will make you afraid to go to sleep, the business of “haunting” is serious business.
The head of Explore Minnesota says the glass is “half full” when it comes to tourism in the state.
The Romney for President campaign has not opened an office in Minnesota.
College political science classrooms will be buzzing today with presidential debate analysis. WCCO’s Laura Oakes has more from students at the University of Minnesota, who attended a debate watching party Wednesday night.
All eyes will be on President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tonight for their first nationally-televised debate. WCCO Radio’s Laura Oakes has more on what to look for beyond their words.
Mankato is abuzz with Minnesota Timberwolves fever as the team opens its mini-camp there on Tuesday at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
So just what are the hottest races in Minnesota this election season? WCCO’s Laura Oakes goes Behind the Ballot.
Counselors were on hand at Jackson Preparatory Magnet School in St. Paul Wednesday morning to assist kids who were on a school bus that struck and injured a pedestrian.