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Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities. Brought to you by Forum Communications Company.

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The Taxi Driver Murders: How North Dakota police never gave up on and solved a cold case a decade later
Tue Jan 11 13:05:11 EST 2022
On a cold November morning, a 53-year-old woman and her 7-year-old granddaughter would be found brutally murdered at a motel in Dickinson — the crime so gruesome and heinous that it would garner national media and law enforcement attention, before going cold for a decade.

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Written by: James Miller

Narrated by: Paula Quam

Horrific murder of North Dakota college student remains unsolved as family waits for new evidence
Thu Jan 06 17:32:55 EST 2022
On June 7, 2007, Minot State University student Anita Knutson was found stabbed to death in her off-campus apartment. Her body was discovered by her father and two apartment maintenance workers.

For nearly fifteen years, family members and friends of Anita Knutson have lived with an aching grief, intensified by a lack of answers regarding what happened to the then-18-year-old in her final hours and minutes.

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Just named employee of the month, Wadena, Minnesota, 23-year-old was never seen again
Tue Jan 04 17:08:53 EST 2022
On the night of Friday the 13th in November 1987, deer hunters were gearing up for the opening weekend, a fire burned in a swamp on the edge of town, an unremarkable brown car was stolen and the employee of the month at the local Hardee's vanished without a trace.

Those events are either coincidental, or the keys to solving a now 34-year mystery that has yielded many theories and tips, but no answers.

Despite countless leads, sightings, psychic visions and rumors, Carla Beth Anderson, who became the subject of an intensive search in the Wadena, Minnesota, area, has never been found. Local authorities, though several generations have now held the case in their hands, continue to say the case is at the forefront of their minds.

Written by: Michael Johnson

Narrated by: Paula Quam

South Dakota Robbery at First National Bank in 1935
Tue Dec 07 06:00:00 EST 2021
On Monday, May 27, 1935, three armed men entered the bank, looking to relieve it of cash and then make their escape in the V8 Ford car that was running and waiting in the street just outside the building. The getaway driver was behind the wheel and ready to haul himself and his co-conspirators to safety.

But it didn’t go exactly as planned. The relative inexperience of the four men combined with a subtle ruse put on by the bank employees kept the robbers from making off with much cash. But during those few minutes as they grabbed as much money as they could, the robbery would escalate to a kidnapping and high-speed chase that reached speeds of over 80 mph.

Written by Erik Kaufman

Narrated by Paula Quam

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Grand Forks County ax murderer became Dakota Territory's first legal execution in 1885
Tue Nov 16 07:00:00 EST 2021
In 1885, the wife and young child of a wealthy Baptist minister were found murdered in their farmhouse in Inkster, N.D. After a twisting legal case, George Miller was hung for the crime about nine months later.

The Beer Baron of Moorhead, Minnesota
Thu Nov 11 08:00:00 EST 2021
After being back-stabbed, Moorhead's 'Beer Baron' unleashed a weird crime in Sabin, and gangster life in town would never be the same. No one can quite figure out why the kingpin of the Minnesota town's illegal liquor business would mastermind a bank robbery, then try to attract the attention of the police on the way out of town. No matter why he did it, Jake Schumacher helped put the nail in the coffin of gangster life in Moorhead.

Reporter: Tracy Briggs

Hidden History of Fargo: Founding the newspaper - The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Fri Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2021
Learn how a Civil War veteran became enthralled with the rapidly growing city of Fargo and founded the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Based on the book by Danielle Teigen.

Hidden History of Fargo: Rebuilding Downtown
Thu Oct 14 06:00:00 EDT 2021
Learn how Fargo rebuilt after a devastating fire, the history of some of downtown's most iconic buildings, and the origins of the West Acres Mall. 

Based on the book by Danielle Teigen.

Hidden History of Fargo: The Race to Settle the Red River Valley
Wed Oct 13 14:44:08 EDT 2021
Learn about what made the Red River Valley such a popular spot to settle, a divide between Fargo's early settlers, and the tragedy that stopped the growing boom-town in its tracks. 

Based on the book by Danielle Teigen.

No One Dare Call Her a Liar
Thu Sep 30 06:00:00 EDT 2021
The brutal murder of 16-year-old Alma Kruckenberg at the hands of her minister on August 16, 1938, was shocking enough. The subsequent confession, trial, and sentencing of her murderer took place with astonishing speed, leaving Alma’s family and friends barely enough time to process the horrifying event. Lurid details of the crime have been passed down from one generation to the next, becoming distorted with every telling. Her nephew is now digging deeper in a book he just released.

Reporter: Tracy Briggs