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Forum News Service, Published September 19 2013

Bail set at $3 million in Granite Falls killings

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. – Unconditional bail was set at $3 million Thursday for the suspect in a Granite Falls double homicide.

Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson spoke of Andrew Dikken’s “cold and calculated actions” in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke and said Dikken was a threat to the victims’ families and the public.

Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, made his first appearance Thursday in Yellow Medicine County District Court on two charges of second-degree murder. Dikken was the subject of a two-week manhunt after the Sept. 2 shootings at Monson’s Granite Falls home and has been held since Tuesday in the Yellow Medicine County Jail.

Helgeson said authorities have discovered that Dikken had traveled in five states before the shooting. Dikken’s defense attorney, Benjamin Pieh, said Dikken no longer represents a danger and that while his whereabouts for the 15 days after the shooting are unknown, he did not go far.

Dikken showed up at his parents’ Renville home Tuesday, and they immediately turned him in to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office in Olivia, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.