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VAULT - 1990s

Donald Blom was serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. Poirier's murder led to the passage of “Katie's Law."
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'Clinker' found on the engine block of Michele 'Shelly' Julson's abandoned car in 1994 may be linked to an early sighting in rural Burleigh County, North Dakota, the Dakota Spotlight true crime podcast reports.
The Emmy award-winning documentary is ready for binge-watching
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In the new and perhaps final episode of Season 7 of the Dakota Spotlight investigative podcast, founder and host James Wolner looks into Schaffer, his long career at the Bismarck Police Department and how his paths crossed with Shelly Julson's before she disappeared in 1994.

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When 51-year-old Australian schoolteacher Marion Barter disappeared while taking a sabbatical to travel the world local authorities dismissed the family's concerns. 25 years later, the dogged efforts of The Lady Vanishes podcast are uncovering a disturbing story.
Minnesota has its share of extreme weather: the Halloween blizzard of 1991, The Red River flooding of 1997, the Twin Cities tornado outbreak of 1965, the Comfrey-St. Peter tornado outbreak in 1998 and the 1999 'Boundary Waters Blowdown.'
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Jaden Woodworth describes his memories of his mother, and tells how police claims drove a wedge between him and his father -- and how Dakota Spotlight's debunking of those claims might help reconnect them.
The chemical cocktail created an orange colored vapor cloud measuring 20 miles long and 5 miles wide — and it parked itself over the populated area of Superior, Wisconsin, and neighboring Duluth, Minnesota, prompting a mass evacuation of more than 50,000 people.
"It was a lot to take in as a 6-year-old. The concept of dangerous air was, at that stage, terrifying — and, for that reason, cemented a memory in my brain that still hangs on today. ... Certainly, I’m not the only one with memories of June 30, 1992, when up to 50,000 residents of the Superior and Duluth area were evacuated due to a dangerous toxic cloud stemming from a train derailment less than 10 miles south of the area."
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In the latest episode of the Dakota Spotlight podcast, host James Wolner tracks down and speaks with Tony Hulm about Michele 'Shelly' Julson, her life and her mysterious disappearance. Hulm provides details that illuminate further what Shelly was doing around the time she disappeared.

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Robert Leroy Anderson's crimes shocked and terrorized the state and earned him a death sentence.
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Wes and Linda Julson haven't yet given up on the hope of finding their daughter, Michele "Shelly" Julson, who went missing from Bismarck on Aug. 2, 1994, they tell the Dakota Spotlight podcast, which is reinvestigating the cold case aided by the police file on Shelly's disappearance.
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In this episode of Dakota Spotlight, retired Bismarck Police Detective Bill Connor speaks frankly about the details of the case, still sharp in his memory, and his encounters with those connected to Michele "Shelly" Julson as he re-investigated the case from 2005 to 2010.

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