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Before he died, Granite Falls homicide victim ID'd Dikken as shooter

Andrew Dikken is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Thursday morning in Granite Falls.

GRANITE FALLS – Andrew Dikken entered the home of Kara Monson in Granite Falls sometime after 3 a.m. on Sept. 2 and began shooting her and Chris Panitzke as they were sleeping in a bed, according to the allegations in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday afternoon in District Court in Yellow Medicine County.

It charges Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville, with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.

Monson died at the scene of multiple gunshots wounds, but Panitzke, 28, remained conscious and made the 911 call that summoned help. He told the first officers on the scene that “Andy” Dikken had shot him and his girlfriend. He again identified Dikken as the assailant when questioned by another officer at the Granite Falls Hospital Emergency Room, where he had been taken for care, according to the complaint.

Panitzke was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died Sept. 8 of complications from the multiple gunshot wounds he suffered.

The complaint also alleges that within hours of the shooting Monson had received text messages from Dikken, a former boyfriend. Investigators also learned that Dikken had sent a threatening message to one of Monson’s family members that indicated he was threatening Kara's life, according to the complaint.

Officers arrived at the Monson home that Dikken once shared with her around 3:28 a.m. About that time, a video camera at a Casey’s convenience store about three blocks away captured images of him.

His 1996 GMC pickup was found Sept. 4 in a gravel pit off of Redwood County Road 7 near the Minnesota River.

He is currently in custody at the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in District Court in Granite Falls.

The criminal complaint can be viewed by clicking here or the link above.

Tom Cherveny

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

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