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Dakota Spotlight Podcast

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition.

Season 7: Call Me Shelly, The Mysterious Disappearance of Michelle Julson. Season 6: Vanishing Act, the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson. Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications, Dakota Spotlight is the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives.

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James Wolner
Latest Episodes
Stones Unturned - Call me Shelly: The mysterious disappearance of Michelle Julson
Wed Aug 10 04:00:00 EDT 2022
In Episode 4: Retired Bismarck detective Bill Connor shares his thoughts and memories of working Shelly's case from 2005 to 2010.    He talks about the We Fest sighting, the car being found at the Comfort Inn, Rick Snell, Tony Hulm and Kevin Woodworth.

On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michelle Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - Call Me Shelly: The Mysterious disappearance of Michelle Julson
Wed Aug 03 03:00:00 EDT 2022
On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michelle Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

In Episode 3:  Was Shelly one of 2 women partying with railroad workers and kicked out of the pool at the Comfort Inn?  Why has a Burnt Creek patron also gone missing? And What was Shelly really doing on that Sunday night before she disappeared?  And finally, a rabbit hole swallows up everything. 

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Archival audio provided by The state historical society of North Dakota

In Shelly’s shadows - Call Me Shelly: The Mysterious disappearance of Michelle Julson
Wed Jul 27 05:00:00 EDT 2022
On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michelle Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  What happened to Shelly Julson?

In Episode 2 we follow along as officer Cliff Emmert of the Bismarck PD snoops into Shelly’s world. He visits bars, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys to paint a picture of Shelly’s life. Shelly was feeling harassed and possibly followed. She was reportedly having trouble with two different men, Tony and Kevin. And who were the two men she spoke with on Sunday night? Finally, BPD gets a tip that one of their own, a Bismarck Police Officer, was one of several people harassing Shelly at The Burnt Creek Bar.

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

Fly on the Wall - Call Me Shelly: The Mysterious disappearance of Michelle Julson
Wed Jul 20 04:00:00 EDT 2022
On August 2, 1994 26-year-old Michelle Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She wanted to pick up her paycheck and possibly play some bingo. She was expected back in just hours.   Shelly never returned.  

What happened to Shelly is the central question of Season 7, Call Me Shelly – The Mysterious Disappearance of Michelle Julson.  Granted exclusive, unprecedented access by police to Shelly’s cold-case file, this season brings a play-by-play review of the initial investigation and examines the strange events surrounding Shelly's life and her disappearance.  Present-day interviews with: Law enforcement, Shelly’s parents and Shelly’s friends. 

Who was harassing Shelly and vandalizing her car? Why are 104 pages of Shelly's police file missing? Who are the two mystery men Shelly met just days before she went missing. And the most important question of all: What happened to Shelly Julson?

To read and see more about the case, follow the podcast in The Vault section on inforum.com or on any Forum Communications news website.

Forum Communications is proud to be part of The Trust Project.

email - jwolner@forumcomm.com Twitter: @dakotaspotlightFacebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight

But, I saw Barb Cotton! - A Better Search for Barbara
Mon Jun 13 15:48:30 EDT 2022
Season 5, Episode 21 In this update episode of Season Five: Jeri Martinez-Kueffler of Williston North Dakota shares her gripping tale.  In 1981 she believes she spotted Barb Cotton in broad daylight. But when she turned to the local authorities, she was in for a big surprise. 

Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.  Forum Communications is proud to be part of the ‘trust project’.  Learn more at thetrustproject.org

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Open Letter to a Killer: Vanishing Act the untold story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson
Wed Apr 27 05:00:00 EDT 2022
Season 6, Episode 11 In the last scheduled episode of this season, Dakota Spotlight pulls back the curtain on the decades of pain, loss and questions suffered — often in silence — by those who knew and loved Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson, two Minnesotans gone missing in North Dakota in August 1993.

To see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight

If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.

Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug

Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.

Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/

Out Sick - Covid-19
Wed Apr 20 06:00:00 EDT 2022
COVID-19 got to Dakota Spotlight host James Wolner, so the show is out of commission this week, as well.

Never fear -- James is on the mend and thankful for being vaccinated. Please join him and co-producer Jeremy Fugleberg and get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It's the best way to ensure you don't get seriously ill, hospitalized or worse. 

Take the week to catch up on this season, or encourage someone to binge all this season's episodes and catch up to you. 

Meanwhile, to see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight

If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.

Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug

Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.

Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/

Introducing The Vault: What Happened to Carla Beth Anderson?
Wed Apr 13 06:00:00 EDT 2022
Authorities continue to ask for help in gathering any information about what may have happened to Carla Beth Anderson, who disappeared 34 years ago.
Four Theories and a Detective: Vanishing Act - the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson
Wed Apr 06 06:00:00 EDT 2022
In this latest episode of Dakota Spotlight, the investigative true crime podcast, host James Wolner and co-producer Jeremy Fugleberg work with a retired North Dakota homicide detective, Bob Haas, to review four theories about what happened to Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson.
Calling Clyde: Vanishing Act - the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson
Wed Mar 30 06:00:00 EDT 2022
In this week's episode, the investigative true crime podcast plays its entire interview with a significant person in this season: Clyde Diede, a chiropractor in Winner, South Dakota, and husband of Kristin Diede when she went missing with her boyfriend Bob Anderson in 1993.