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Woman identified in Granite Falls killing, authorities still seeking ‘person of interest’

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GRANITE FALLS — Authorities investigating the Monday morning shooting death of a 26-year-old Granite Falls woman are still trying to locate a man referred to as a “person of interest” in the homicide.

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Law enforcement has not released the name of the woman who was killed, but multiple sources say it was Kara Ann Monson. Initial news releases gave a different age, but state birth records confirm Monson was 26 and would have turned 27 on Tuesday.

A 28-year-old man who suffered critical injuries in the shooting Monday has not been identified by officials.

The state Department of Public Safety said late Tuesday afternoon that the public is still being asked to help locate Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls. He has not been called a suspect, but the Department of Public Safety statement reiterates that Dikken may be armed and dangerous and that he should not be approached.

Dikken is believed to be driving a 1996 brown GMC Sierra pickup with a topper and Minnesota license plate number 032-GGL. He is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Dikken’s location is asked to contact the Granite Falls Police Department, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, or call 911. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also assisting in the investigation.

Calls to Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue were not returned Tuesday.

A Granite Falls funeral home announced Monson’s death Tuesday afternoon, and Monson is listed in county property tax records as the owner of the Prentice Street home where Granite Falls police officers responded to a 911 call at 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Also, Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski identified her in a report published by the Star Tribune.

The state Department of Public Safety said in a news release Monday that a woman — now identified as Monson — was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds, and a 28-year-old man was critically injured. He was transported first to Granite Falls Hospital and then later by air to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. A spokeswoman at HCMC said on Tuesday that she had no information about the man.

Monson has a 5-year-old daughter who was not at the home. Smiglewski said in the same Star Tribune report that the girl had spent the weekend with her father.

Smiglewski could not be reached for further comment on Tuesday.

Monson’s riverside home is in a residential area on Prentice Street, which runs along the Minnesota River and through the downtown of Granite Falls. A Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was parked nearby Tuesday morning, and yellow police tape was still draped across the front yard. By evening, the tape was gone. Police barricades that had blocked the streets leading to the home throughout the day Monday had been removed Tuesday and were sitting along the curb.

According to the database maintained by the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Dikken, formerly of Renville, has twice been convicted for driving while impaired, once in 2007 and again in 2009. In the second case, a felony count of fleeing a peace officer was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Both cases, in Renville County, have since been closed.

Funeral arrangements for Monson are pending with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls.

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