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40 Years Later: Listen to episode 10 of "A Better Search for Barbara Cotton"

This Sunday, April 11, marks four decades since Barbara Cotton went missing from Williston, N.D. A celebration of Barbara's life will take place on that date in Williston's Recreation Park from 2- 6 p.m.

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On April 11, 2021 friends, family and members of the community will gather in Williston's Recreation Park to pay tribute to and honor the life of Barbara Louise Cotton who vanished near there 40 years earlier. January 23, 2021. James Wolner / Forum News Service
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Barbara Cotton did not come home. That's really about all we know for certain about the events of April 11, 1981, in Williston, N.D.

The 15-year-old girl just vanished. Most of the other details are fuzzy at best, even to this day.

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, family members will honor her life during an outdoor celebration at Williston's Recreation Park. Barbara Cotton vanished near there 40 years ago after having dinner with a friend.

The event will take place from 2- 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Masks will be available but are not required. Friends and members of the community are encouraged to join and help honor Barbara and her life.

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In episode 10 of Dakota Spotlight : While humans at NASA plan to fly a Helicopter on Mars and the community of Williston prepares to celebrate Barbara's life in Recreation Park on Sunday April, 11, 2021, podcast host James Wolner continues to ask questions and look for answers about Barbara's disappearance.

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"A Better Search for Barbara Cotton" is a five-part investigative podcast about the 1981 disappearance of a Williston, N.D. teen.

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"A Better Search for Barbara Cotton" is a five-part investigative podcast about the 1981 disappearance of a Williston, N.D. teen.

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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