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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Guthrie Theater Celebrates 50 Years

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

06/21/2013

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Minneapolis City Hall Roof Could Be Home To 100,000 Bees

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.

06/06/2013

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42 New Troopers Graduating From Training At Camp Ripley

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.

05/23/2013

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Lowertown Farmers Market To Open This Weekend

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.

05/01/2013

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Call For Greater Safety Measures For Midtown Greenway Cyclists

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.

04/05/2013

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Minn. DNR Wants Volunteers For Frog & Toad Calling Survey

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.

03/25/2013

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Man, 42, Dies After Apparent Hit-And-Run Crash

Minneapolis police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver involved in a fatal hit and run incident early this morning.

03/23/2013

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Realtors Expect A Bountiful Spring For Real Estate

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.

03/21/2013

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New Rail Line Could Go From Minneapolis To Duluth

If taking a train to Duluth sounds pretty good to you, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for your input.

03/18/2013

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Will All The Snow Help With Drought Conditions?

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?

03/04/2013

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Losses Mounting As Orchestra Lockout Enters 5th Month

As the Minnesota Orchestra’s lockout continues into its fifth month, Minneapolis officials are grappling with the economic impact of lots of lost revenue.

02/25/2013

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Officials Say More Solar Energy Means More Jobs In Minnesota

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.

02/20/2013

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What Do Cupcakes And Minnesota Moose Have In Common?

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.

01/23/2013

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Local Adoption Agency Taking ‘Wait-And-See’ Approach On Russia

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.

12/28/2012

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Minn. Man Falls Down Chicago Hotel Smokestack, Dies

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.

12/13/2012

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Study Shows Americans Are Taking On More Debt

A new study shows net worth among American households has dropped to $57,000, a 43-year low.

12/06/2012

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Soaring Teen & Young Adult Unemployment Rate

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.

12/03/2012

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Is ‘St. Grand’ Inspiring Copycat Holiday Donations?

Could “Saint Grand” be prompting some copycat generosity?

11/30/2012

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Early Black Friday Offers Anger Best Buy’s Online Shoppers

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.

11/20/2012

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Traveling For Thanksgiving? A Few Things To Keep In Mind

A few things to keep in mind if air travel is in your plans this holiday week.

11/19/2012

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‘Movember’ Raising Awareness For Prostate, Testicular Cancer

The scruffy look is in across the country — at least for the month of November. “Movember” is officially in full swing.

11/01/2012

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DWI Patrols Aim To Keep Halloween Weekend Sober

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.

10/26/2012

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Fargo’s Hotel Donaldson Hosts ‘Bras On Broadway’ Fundraiser

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.

10/25/2012

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Foodies Rejoice, Restaurant Week Returns

Dying to try a new restaurant but holding back because it’s not in your budget? Have no fear, Restaurant Week is here.

10/22/2012

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Minnesota’s Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.8 Percent In September

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.

10/18/2012

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