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MADISON (AP) – 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 younger Hastad has been booked into jail.¬† A call to the Hastads’ home seeking comment went unanswered Monday.

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