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Lac qui Parle County files charges in party that led to student’s death

MONTEVIDEO — Lac qui Parle County has filed misdemeanor charges against a 19-year-old college student and his 59-year-old father for allegedly violating the county’s social host ordinance.

The charges follow the March 9 death of a Dawson-Boyd High School senior and athlete, Michael Anyasike, 18, of Dawson. He died of hypothermia with alcohol as a contributing factor about 12 hours after having fled the party in rural Lac qui Parle County and being discovered at a farm site about a mile away, according to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office.

Erik Hastad, 19, of rural Dawson, is alleged to have hosted the party where underage drinking occurred at an unoccupied farm site formerly owned by his late uncle. Hastad appeared Monday in District Court in Montevideo via interactive TV on a misdemeanor charge of violating the social host ordinance and on a gross misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

His father, Gary Hastad, 59, also faces a misdemeanor for violating the social host ordinance. The complaint charges that Gary Hastad should have known about the party, which would make him accountable under the social host ordinance, according to information from Lac qui Parle County Attorney Richard Stultz.

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