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Spies, Lies and Contract Killers: Dakota Spotlight Podcast goes international

When podcast host James Wolner travelled to Europe recently, his vacation was quickly sidetracked by a suspicious drowning and international secrets. Listen to part 1 of The Man From Un.

The Fyris River Uppsala, Sweden
The Fyris River in Uppsala, Sweden
James Wolner / Forum News Service
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What do these things have in common: missing Barbara Cotton from Williston, ND, a hitman in Italy, secret agents, international crime and 3,300 pounds of heroin seized in a Dutch port city?

I’ll tell you. They are all included in this 2-part story about how my Scandinavian vacation became sidetracked by a mysterious drowning and sent me looking for international secrets.

And along the way, I learned a forgotten secret about you too. And like a whistle-blower, I’m going to whistle it in your ear, even if it gets me cancelled.

Listen to Parts 1 and 2 of Dakota Spotlight's new story The Man From Un.

SEE MORE FROM JAMES WOLNER
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.

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James Wolner is a Digital Content Producer at Forum Communications Company, Fargo North Dakota and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight, a true crime podcast. He has lived the Upper Midwest since 2013 and studied photojournalism at California State University at Fresno. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
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