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Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities. Brought to you by Forum Communications Company.

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Latest Episodes
This North Dakota lawman collared 'Gun-toting Tex' after a 2-year manhunt for the small-town cop-killer
Thu Apr 28 09:30:00 EDT 2022
When a gunman killed a police officer in Hope, North Dakota, in 1933, the county sheriff wasn't about to take it lying down. He persisted to track the suspect for two years over seven states and thousands of miles -- one of the most highly publicized manhunts in U.S. history.

Young Minnesota sheriff's deputy, killed by cross-border spree killer in 1978, to be memorialized
Tue Apr 05 16:08:49 EDT 2022
In August 1978, Deputy Richard Magnuson had been at the Roseau (Minnesota) County Sheriff’s Office for about 2 ½ months. On Aug. 2, 1978, his life was cut short at the age of 20 when he was the final victim of a series of killings by Gregory McMaster.
Roommate arrested in 2007 killing of Minot State University student
Thu Mar 17 16:31:54 EDT 2022
Nichole Rice is in custody at the Ward County Jail after police said they believed she killed Anita Knutson in 2007.
Murder at the Blind Pig
Tue Mar 15 09:00:00 EDT 2022
It’s like something out of an old western -- a good guy shot in a saloon. What followed was the hunt for the killer, seeking justice for the victim and a family that decided they would thrive in spite of it all.
The mysterious murder of Pelican Rapids 'Lonely Star'
Tue Mar 08 06:00:00 EST 2022
Was it a bungled investigation or just a really tough case? No matter what happened to Pearl Osten on October 2, 1927, her family is still looking for answers.
Secrets of his storytelling: Interview with Dakota Spotlight creator James Wolner
Thu Mar 03 09:00:00 EST 2022
Co-producer Jeremy Fugleberg interviews Dakota Spotlight creator and host James Wolner about his background, the story behind the creation of Dakota Spotlight, true crime, tales from creating five previous seasons of the podcast, and asks him a number of listener questions, including grilling James on his favorite music.
He escaped from Alcatraz but did he escape to North Dakota?
Thu Feb 03 14:20:30 EST 2022
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the most famous prison break in history.  Evidence is now piling up that the three men survived and one even lived in Fargo.
A Haunting Holiday: How one little girl survived Glyndon's Christmas murders
Thu Jan 27 09:00:00 EST 2022
A harrowing holiday the Minnesota community will never forget ends with two dead and Betty Lou Hanson fighting for her life.
Death almost came for Fargo firefighters battling downtown arson 22 years ago
Tue Jan 25 09:00:00 EST 2022
Mike Hendrickson and Jesse Schmidt were among the first to arrive at Tropics nightclub in downtown Fargo after it was set ablaze in April 2000.
The Taxi Driver Murders: How North Dakota police never gave up on and solved a cold case a decade later
Tue Jan 11 13:05:11 EST 2022
An unsolved case turns cold on the Western Edge of North Dakota, but police never give up in trying to solve it. Nearly 10 years after a pair of gruesome murders caught Dickinson by surprise, police solve the case with a confession a decade in the making.