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Dikken begins serving life sentence

ST. CLOUD — Andrew Dikken, 29, of Renville, began serving his life sentence without the possibility of parole at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 2 shootings of Kara Monson, 26, and Chris Panitzke, 28, in Monson’s Granite Falls home.

The state’s online offender database shows that Dikken was transferred to St. Cloud and the custody of the Minnesota Department of Corrections by the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office. He had been held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls for 288 days. He had been held in custody since he turned himself over to authorities 15 days after the shootings.

Offenders with life sentences are initially processed at the Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, but are often transferred to other facilities to serve the duration of their sentence. The Department of Corrections determines an offender’s placement based on a variety of factors, and local authorities do not know where Dikken will be assigned.