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GRANITE FALLS — District Judge Thomas Van Hon set bail at $3 million and would allow no conditions for Andrew Dikken’s release at a lesser amount during the defendant’s first court appearance on Thursday morning in Granite Falls. Judge Van Hon cited concerns for public safety and the risk of flight in setting the bail, believed to be the highest ever in a Yellow Medicine County case. Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the S
GRANITE FALLS -- Unconditional bail was set at $3 million this morning for double homicide suspect Andrew Dikken. Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson spoke of Dikken's "cold and calculated actions " in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke and said that Dikken was a threat to the victims' families and the public at large. Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville, made his first appearance this morning in Yellow Medicine County Distric
GRANITE FALLS — Andrew Dikken entered the house of Kara Monson in Granite Falls sometime after 3 a.m. Sept. 2 and turned on the lights and began shooting her and Chris Panitzke as they were sleeping in a bed, according to the allegations in a criminal complaint filed Wed-nesday afternoon in District Court in Yellow Medicine County.
GRANITE FALLS – Authorities are still waiting to learn where Andrew Dikken, 28, has been since he became the focus of an extensive manhunt in the Sept.
GRANITE FALLS – Andrew Dikken entered the home of Kara Monson in Granite Falls sometime after 3 a.m. on Sept.
GRANITE FALLS - A court appearance for the suspect in a double homicide in Granite Falls was pending on Wednesday morning. Court administration in Yellow Medicine County had not seen a formal complaint as of Wednesday morning to schedule an arraignment for Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville.
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.