Dakota Spotlight Podcast

Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. 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

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Open Records - A Better Search for Barbara Cotton

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Kidnappings and Cults, Falcons and Dogs - A Better Search for Barbara

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Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio, Isaac Turner and thousands of documents: EPISODE 14 - A Better Search for Barbara

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Season 5, Episode 14

We talk Barbara Cotton and missing persons with two great songwriters then explore the North Dakota State Archives for information about 1981 Williston.

Lili Trifilio of Beach Bunny talks about her recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon, missing persons and women running home in the night.   

Isaac (Ike) Turner of Kalamazoo, MI grew up in North Dakota.  His music is sprinkled throughout Season 5.  I sat down with Ike to talk music and Barbara Cotton.

We visit the State Historical Society's State Archives and why Dakota Spotlight Podcast will be the first podcast to be preserved there.

“April” and “Blame Game” Performed by Beach Bunny Courtesy of Mom + Pop Music and Sony Music Publishing By Arrangment with Hidden Track Music

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Sign petition:  https://www.change.org/p/williston-chief-of-police-david-peterson-hire-an-investigator-dedicated-to-barbara-cotton-case

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight

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Juarez to Williston - A Better Search for Barbara Cotton

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Season 5, Episode 13

Is there a human skull just sitting on some guy's shelf in Williston?  Host James Wolner goes looking.  Also in this episode we track down an old friend of Frank J. Delapena.  We are also looking for a man nick-named 'Red' who somehow knew Stacey Werder.  Can you help?

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Sign petition:  https://www.change.org/p/williston-chief-of-police-david-peterson-hire-an-investigator-dedicated-to-barbara-cotton-case

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

Missing Kids https://missingkids.org

Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight

Abbey Investigations https://www.facebook.com/abbeyinvestigations

Inforum https://inforum.com/dakota-spotlight

Podcast Newsletter https://www.inforum.com/newsletter

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Love doesn’t die - A Better Search for Barbara Cotton

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Season 5, Episode 12

A celebration of life, a party, the Plainsman, Cakes and Cones and a new lead.  Interviews with three people who believe they saw Barbara on the night she disappeared and someone from out state struggles to help the investigation.

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Sign petition:  https://www.change.org/p/williston-chief-of-police-david-peterson-hire-an-investigator-dedicated-to-barbara-cotton-case

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

Missing Kids https://missingkids.org

Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight

Abbey Investigations https://www.facebook.com/abbeyinvestigations

Inforum https://inforum.com/dakota-spotlight

Podcast Newsletter https://www.inforum.com/newsletter

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About the Podcast

Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. 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

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James Wolner is the producer and host of