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Granite Falls homicide update: Law enforcement still looking for Dikken, following leads

GRANITE FALLS — The search for Andrew Joseph Dikken continued today as law enforcement officials continue to follow leads to find the “person of interest” they seek in a Granite Falls homicide and attempted homicide.

There hasn’t been a change in the search, according to Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue. This afternoon, Blue said that leads in the case were still coming into investigators, but had slowed down from the earlier flow of information from the public.

The search for Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, began Monday after the early morning shooting death of Kara Ann Monson, 26, in her Granite Falls home. Dikken has not been called a suspect, but authorities have warned the public not to approach Dikken as he may be armed and dangerous.

Blue called Dikken a possible danger to the public. While the shooting was not a random act of violence, the chief warned that Dikken has to be considered dangerous.

“He took someone’s life and gravely injured another,” Blue said. “We have to think that he’s dangerous.”

Investigators from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, along with the Granite Falls Police, are continuing the investigation.

Blue was appreciative of the long list of law enforcement agencies that have assisted in the search for Dikken, which included ground and air searches along the Minnesota River between Sacred Heart and Belview on Wednesday and the search of a Glenwood hotel on Thursday afternoon.

“A lot of agencies have stepped up to assist,” Blue said, running through a list of the Renville and Redwood county sheriff’s offices, the State Patrol and multiple agencies in the Glenwood area.

The second shooting victim, Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, remains at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

According to a Friday post on the Caring Bridge website for Panitzke, doctors were attempting to take him off sedation medication after he had another surgery on his arm. He was shot in the arm, foot and chest during the incident.

The search along the river was launched after Dikken’s 1996 brown GMC Sierra pickup — which had been the subject of numerous alerts from law enforcement seeking the public's help finding Dikken — had been located five miles north of Belview.

Authorities have been searching for Dikken since the shooting, which was reported around 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Prentice Street in Granite Falls where Monson lived. Monson’s 5-year-old daughter was not at the home.

The funeral for Monson has been set for Tuesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

Dikken is described by law enforcement as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and he has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his location is asked to contact the Granite Falls Police Department, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office, or call 911.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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