Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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GRANITE FALLS — Will Steger has led dog-sled expeditions to reach the North Pole, traverse the length of Greenland and cross Antarctica, witnessing firsthand the dramatic transformations occurring due to global climate change. He no longer needs to leave Minnesota to see what’s happening. “We’re now seeing obvious extremes here,’’ Steger told a crowd of more than 200 Sunday evening at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls. Steger and J. Drake Hamilton, a scientist with the nonpartisan Fresh Energy, are back on the road in Minnesota.
GRANITE FALLS – The suspect wanted in the double homicide in Granite Falls is in custody after family members brought him to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office in Olivia on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville, was subsequently transported to Granite Falls, where he is in custody in the Yellow Medicine County Jail pending his arraignment in district court, according to Sheriff Bill Flaten of Yellow Medicine County.
MONTEVIDEO — U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., told about two dozen farmers Monday in Montevideo that he remains pessimistic about passing a Farm Bill by the end of the month, when the current legislation expires. However, he told those who joined him at the Trailways Café that lawmakers "are not giving up." Peterson, the ranking minority member on the House Agriculture Committee, said he and Republican chairman Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma "are going to try to figure out how to get this done.''
REDWOOD FALLS – By ones, twos, threes and sometimes larger groups, mourners on Saturday approached the open casket of Chris Panitzke in the front of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls to touch it and offer a prayer. Then, with bowed heads, they made their way to the pews. In a letter read aloud by Panitzke’s sister, Megan, Chris Panitzke was remembered as a “kind hearted, loving person” who made everyone smile.
REDWOOD FALLS – A second rural community shocked by the shooting deaths of two young adults has joined to mourn one of the victims. Chris Panitzke, 28, was remembered Saturday at a service here as a “kind hearted, loving person” who made everyone smile. Mourners filled St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church to eulogize Panitzke and support his family.
GRANITE FALLS — Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest or apprehension of Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville. Dikken is being sought in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Chris Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.
GRANITE FALLS — An arrest warrant has been issued for Andrew Dikken, 28, suspect in the fatal shootings of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Chris Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement.
MORTON -- Developing what could become a new model for how recreational opportunities and conservation should be approached in the Minnesota River Valley in Renville and Redwood counties is moving along like the river right now, slow but still on course.
GRANITE FALLS – Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies gathered Tuesday morning at the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office in Granite Falls to launch another aggressive search of Minnesota River bottom lands in hopes of bringing closure to the double homicide that has shocked this community. Across the street from the Sheriff’s Office, an estimated 600 people gathered at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church to celebrate the life of Kara Monson, 26, who was fatally shot in her Granite Falls home in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.
GRANITE FALLS — Kara Monson's surviving family members are focused on celebrating her life at a memorial being held this morning at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, but also remain vigilant in seeking justice for her murder. "Our family is grieving the loss of Kara,'' said her mother, Patrice Monson of Granite Falls, in a statement on Monday afternoon. "I would like to thank the public for their concern and outpouring of support." "But we cannot rest until Andy (Dikken) comes forward,'' she stated.