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Charges filed over party that led to MN teen’s death

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MONTEVIDEO — A 19-year-old college student and his father are facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating Lac qui Parle County’s social host ordinance.

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The charges stem from a party in rural Lac qui Parle County in west-central Minnesota that led to the death of a Dawson-Boyd High School senior and athlete, Michael Anyasike, 18, of Dawson. He died March 9 of hypothermia about 12 hours after having fled the party and being discovered at a farm site about four miles away.

Erik Hastad, 19, is alleged to have hosted the party at an unoccupied farm site formerly owned by his late uncle. He appeared in district court in Montevideo on Monday via interactive TV on misdemeanor charges 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, was issued a citation for violating the social host ordinance. He is not accused of being at the party. The complaint charges that 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.

The county attorney’s office has also charged nine persons ages 16 to 20 with underage consumption of alcohol.

An estimated 100 young people from the Montevideo, Lac qui Parle Valley and Dawson-Boyd school districts are believed to have attended the party on March 8, according to the complaint.

The complaint describes how nine or more youths fled the rural farm house by jumping out of windows as law officers arrived about midnight. The youths fled in light clothing and T-shirts, and law officers were concerned about them because of the weather, the complaint stated.

The officers searched for the youths who had fled, and used loudspeakers to urge the youths to return to the warmth of the house. The officers left the house to search for those who fled, and also asked those inside the house to call their friends and encourage them to return for their safety, according to the complaint.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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