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James Wolner

Podcast Producer, Filmmaker

Languages: Swedish, English
James Wolner is an regional Emmy award-winning filmmaker and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight a true crime podcast that focuses on the Upper Midwest.

He holds a Bachelor's degree from California State University at Fresno where he studied photojournalism and English Literature.

A California native, Wolner lived in Sweden for over two decades before relocating back to the United States in 2012.

With long experience in the Information Technology industry, he is a certified MySQL Database Administrator and open source programmer; He worked primarily as a website and database developer in Europe and the United States until 2020 when he made a career change to investigative reporting, writing and podcast and film production.

In 2021 Wolner won a regional Emmy award for Forum Communication's documentary film The House on Sweet and Seventh.

He can be contacted at jwolner@forumcomm.com
twitter: @dakotaspotlight

Languages: English and Swedish
Hobbies: Running, reading, hiking, cooking
Best part of any day: First sip of coffee
Favorite Movies: The Double Life Of Veronique,Lost in Translation, The Giant Mechanical Man

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Investigator Cliff Emmert stopped into bars, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys, seeking a better understanding of 26-year-old Shelly Julson's world. What he found raised some troubling questions about what might have happened to her.
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On August 2, 1994, 26-year-old Michele "Shelly" Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She was expected back in just hours but never heard from again.