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Patrice Monson, mother of homicide victim Kara Monson, talked to reporters after Thursday’s court proceedings in Granite Falls. “I’m here for Chris (Panitzke) and Kara. It was very difficult but I am proud to say I had the strength to be there.’’ Eric Monson, first cousin to Kara, is at her side. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Dikken held on $3 million bail

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GRANITE FALLS — District Judge Thomas Van Hon set bail at $3 million and would allow no conditions for Andrew Dikken’s release at a lesser amount during the defendant’s first court appearance on Thursday morning in Granite Falls.

Judge Van Hon cited concerns for public safety and the risk of flight in setting the bail, believed to be the highest ever in a Yellow Medicine County case.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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