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Search in Glenwood for man in homicide case turns up empty

GLENWOOD, Minn. -- Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a search of a Glenwood hotel Thursday afternoon after a public tip about a person matching the description of a “person of interest” in a killing Monday in Granite Falls.

Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, has been sought in the homicide case and remained at large. Kara Ann Monson, 26, was shot to death Monday in her home.

A 911 call to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office resulted in a search Thursday of the America’s Best Value Inn, a hotel on state Highway 28 in Glenwood.

No one matching Dikken’s description was found at the hotel, Glenwood Police Chief Dale Danter said. The search lasted about 45 minutes, Danter told the Pope County Tribune.

Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten confirmed in a message about 5 p.m. that Dikken was not in custody and that investigators were following all leads.

Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds suffered in the shooting Monday.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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