Charges Filed For Fatal Party 25 Mar 14

A father and son are charged with hosting an underage drinking party attended by a student 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 9th 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 that alcohol was a contributing factor to his hypothermia death.