Laura Oakes

Stranger On Rooftop Leads To Hinckley High School LockdownHinckley High School went into lockdown late Tuesday morning after a man was spotted on the school's roof. The Pine County Sheriff's Office says two teachers saw the man just after 11 a.m. When one of the teachers confronted him, the suspect gave an evasive answer and disappeared.
Turkey Growers Prep For Possible Fall Bird Flu OutbreakMinnesota turkey farmers are a little on edge these days as the state's waterfowl start to fly south for the winter. Ducks and other waterfowl are believed to be the primary source of avian influenza. They are carriers of the bug, but are somehow immune to it.
Funeral Arrangements Being Made In MN For 8 Killed In TX HomeFuneral arrangements are underway in a small, southeastern Minnesota town for eight family members killed in their Houston home earlier this month.
Gov. Dayton, Mexico Secretary Of Foreign Affairs Complete Trade Mission Gov. Mark Dayton and the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs completed an important trade mission by signing five new agreements Tuesday.
Group Of Techie Teens From Twin Cities Heading To Silicon ValleyA group of tech-minded teens from the Twin Cities is on the summer trip of a lifetime this week. It's an all-expenses paid, hands-on field trip to Silicon Valley.
Could American Pharoah Be Coming To Canterbury Park?Could the greatest race horse in the past four decades be coming to Minnesota? Officials with Canterbury Park in Shakopee hope so, and have extended an invitation to the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle – 3 Success StoriesWe've been hearing a lot this week about the struggles, perceptions and realities of Somali-Americans living in the Twin Cities. But along with the difficulties, there are many success stories to be told. WCCO's Laura Oakes introduces us to a few in our last installment of "Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle."
Minnesota Approves 2 Labs To Test Medical MarijuanaAnother step in the process as medical cannabis becomes legal in Minnesota in just a few months. Minnesota's medical cannabis program is still on track to begin this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health is approving two laboratories to test the products that will be coming from the state's medical cannabis manufacturers.
Andover High Schoolers To Hold Prom For Senior CitizensHair and makeup? Check. Tuxedo? Check. Now it's just waiting for that special date to arrive. It's almost showtime for a special group of Twin Cities seniors. They may be pushing their 90s, but they are finding you're never too old to go to prom.
NTSB Releases Recommendations For Oil Train SafetyThe National Transportation Safety Board is out with some new recommendations to help prevent explosive oil train wrecks. They include retrofitting train cars with protective systems better able to withstand fire, and relief valves that can prevent pressure from building inside the tank cars.
Tracking Danger: Oil Train Disaster Could Devastate Rural TownsThe number is staggering. More than 326,000 Minnesotans -- most of them in the Twin Cities area -- live within what is considered an evacuation zone in the event of a major oil train disaster. So, is the state doing enough to make sure local communities are protected? WCCO's Laura Oakes has the next in our five-part series, Tracking Danger: Minnesota's Crude Reality.
U Of M Drops Racial Descriptions From Crime AlertsThe University of Minnesota will drop racial descriptions from campus crime alerts, unless the description of a suspect is detailed enough to identify the person.
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