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Editorial: Granite Falls shooting a tragedy for all

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West Central Tribune
Editorial: Granite Falls shooting a tragedy for all
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The peace of the Labor Day weekend in Granite Falls was shattered early Monday morning with the murder of Kara Ann Monson and the attempted murder of Christopher Panitzke.

A Granite Falls resident, Monson's death is a loss for her child, family, friends and community. Her death is a tragedy for all.

Panitzke of Redwood Falls now lies in a Minneapolis hospital fighting for his life. His recovery prospects remain unclear.

Our sympathies and prayers are with Monson, Panitzke and their families as they suffer the anguish of this violent shooting.

Law enforcement have been seeking Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls as a person of interest since Monday. His vehicle, a 1996 brown GMC Sierra pickup, was located Wednesday morning about five miles north of Belview.

Multiple law enforcement personnel were actively searching Wednesday along the Minnesota River in southern Renville County and northern Redwood County.

Dikken's whereabouts remain unclear. He is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities emphasized again Wednesday that Dikken should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him or knowing of his whereabouts should not approach him, but call the Granite Falls Police Department, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office or dial 911.

If Dikken is able, we encourage him to turn himself in to the closest law enforcement agency.

Thank you to the Granite Falls Police Department, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office and all the other agencies assisting in this investigation and search.

This homicide case is a shocking crime that is devastating to all the families involved as well as their communities.

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