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 … enjoying the antics of their pre-teen son, traveling, 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.
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.
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.
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety are out with a message in hopes of reducing car-deer crashes during this time of year when deer are most active: “DON’T VEER FOR DEER.”