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Man, 68, charged with attempted murder, assault in Granite Falls stabbing

WILLMAR -- A 68-year-old Granite Falls man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault for repeatedly stabbing a woman Friday at a home in Granite Falls. Curtis David Quale made his first appearance on the charges Tuesday in Yellow Medicine County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $300,000. Quale's next court appearance is Aug. 4. He remains in custody, according to Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten.

The woman who was stabbed, Michelle Annette Young, 47, of Granite Falls, is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, according to Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue. The criminal complaint against Quale states that she was taken to the Granite Falls Hospital but, due to the severity of her injuries, was airlifted to HCMC. Hospital officials there were unable to provide any information about her condition.

According to the complaint, around 8 a.m. Friday, the county dispatch center received a call from Quale requesting an ambulance at 755 Ninth Ave. because "I stabbed Michelle." Officers and emergency personnel responded to the home to find Quale with cut marks on his hands and a bite mark on his arm and blood on the front steps and front door handle.

Quale directed them to Young, who was found on the floor.

Officers noticed that the bathroom tub area was "completely covered in blood." A paramedic determined that Young had been stabbed numerous times. Quale allegedly directed the officers to the location of a knife, with what appeared to be blood on it, behind a microwave in the kitchen.

When questioned by officers, Young said she came home from the casino and was sitting on the toilet when Quale came in and started stabbing her.

The Granite Falls Police Department and Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office were assisted in the investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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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