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Charges Filed for Party that Led to Teen's Death in Lac qui Parle County

Updated: 03/24/2014 3:40 PM
Created: 03/24/2014 12:12 PM KSTP.com

A father and son are charged with hosting an underage drinking party attended by a student athlete from Dawson who was later found dead of hypothermia.
    
Fifty-nine-year-old Gary Hastad and his 19-year-old son, Erik, are accused of violating the Lac qui Parle County social host ordinance, a misdemeanor. The younger Hastad is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
    
Eighteen-year-old Michael Anyasike was reported missing March 9 after fleeing from the party as sheriff's deputies arrived. His body was found more than 12 hours later about a mile from the Madison area farm where the party was held. A medical examiner ruled alcohol was a contributing factor to his hypothermia death.
    
The Star Tribune says the younger Hastad has been booked into jail.  A call to the Hastads' home seeking comment went unanswered Monday.

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Gary Hastad
Photo: Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office
Erik Hastad
Photo: Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office

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