The Vault

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An interview with James Wolner of 'Dakota Spotlight' Part 2

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In the second of this two-part series, Forum Communications journalist and fellow podcaster Tracy Briggs asks the questions you've always wanted to know, including how Wolner, a California native ended up in North Dakota.

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The Lovesick Steamfitter

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When a state chooses to make a dramatic change in the way it enforces law and order -- most notably in how it punishes those who break the law, it’s safe to assume the change would come after careful study, well-reasoned feedback from the state’s residents or maybe after those residents took to the streets to protest and demand change.

But when the state of Minnesota chose to abolish the death penalty in the early 20th century, the change came not from any of those things, but from the fallout of a forbidden love affair between a mutinous, bar-brawling Englishman and a teenage boy. And how the people from the land of 10,000 lakes reacted to it.

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An interview with James Wolner of 'Dakota Spotlight' Part 1

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In the first of this two-part series, Forum Communications journalist and fellow podcaster Tracy Briggs asks the questions you've always wanted to know, including how Wolner, a California native ended up in North Dakota.

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Wagon Wrench Murder

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Was Fargo carpenter Frank Kethman joking when he called Moorhead physician Thrond Egge, a “horse doctor.” Some say “yes,” others say “no,” and the bad blood between the two men ended with one of them dead and lead to the Wagon Wrench Murder of 1909.

Hosted by Tracy Briggs. 

Read the full article: https://www.inforum.com/the-vault/7141942-A-Moorhead-doctor-and-a-Fargo-carpenter-walk-into-a-bar-and-walk-into-the-Wagon-Wrench-Murder

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The Great Jamestown Still Raid

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In July 1932, federal agents raided a picturesque farm near Jamestown, North Dakota. The farm was owned by one of the most prominent men in town. It also houses the biggest illegal booze operation west of Chicago.

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About the Podcast

Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities.

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Tracy Briggs is a News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications. Tracy began her career as a broadcast journalist - producing, reporting and anchoring the news at WDAY-TV. The love of history stories started then when Tracy did a yearlong series on North Dakota's Centennial in 1989 and another yearlong series, "Our Century" in 1999 about the biggest 20th century news in our region. The following year, the series "Our People" covered notable people in our communities.