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Granite Falls police chief says man wanted in homicide must be considered dangerous

Andrew Joseph Dikken is sought by law enforcement in a Granite Falls homicide and attempted homicide. Anyone who spots him should call 911 and not approach him. "He took someone's life and gravely injured another," Police Chief Russ Blue said. "We have to think that he's dangerous."

GRANITE FALLS — The search for Andrew Joseph Dikken continued Friday as law enforcement officials follow leads on the man sought in a Granite Falls homicide and attempted homicide.

The search for Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville, began Monday after the early morning shooting death of Kara Ann Monson, 26, in her Granite Falls home. Monson's friend, Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Authorities have warned the public not to approach Dikken as he may be armed and dangerous.

Granite Falls Police Chief Russ 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."

There hasn't been a change in the search, according to Blue. On Friday 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.

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

Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten asked the public to continue to be diligent in watching for Dikken. He also noted that citizens can be anonymous in submitting tips to law enforcement by submitting information via or by calling the Crimestoppers tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

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 Wednesday along the Minnesota River between Sacred Heart and Belview 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 County and Redwood County sheriff's offices, the State Patrol and multiple agencies in the Glenwood area.

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 — was located Wednesday five miles north of Belview.

The search of the Glenwood hotel was based on a tip to law enforcement that someone matching Dikken's description had been spotted.

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 or the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office or call 911.

Panitzke 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.

Family and friends have launched a fund drive for Panitzke's medical expenses and also to benefit his daughter. Information can be found at and search for Panitzke or linked here.

The funeral for Monson has been set for Tuesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. According to the obituary, an education fund for her daughter has been set up at Granite Falls Bank.

A post on the "R.I.P. Kara" page launched by family and friends on Facebook says that the Yellow Medicine East Class of 1999 also has opened an account to benefit Monson's daughter at Citizens Alliance Bank in Granite Falls.

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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