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Hastings graduate dies from carbon monoxide poisoning while fishing in Wyoming

Steven McConnell, a 1974 graduate of Hastings High School, died Monday in a tragic carbon monoxide accident while ice fishing with his 17-year-old son Matthew in Wyoming. Matthew also died in the accident.

McConnell is the son of Tom and Phyllis McConnell of Hastings.

"It has not been easy," Phyllis McConnell said. "Steven was always a very caring person, and he loved kids."

Steven McConnell and his wife had six children. Matthew was a senior at the high school in Stansbury Park, Utah, which is where the family was living. A service is planned for Thursday at the high school.

Phyllis and Tom McConnell leave early next week for the service.

A propane heater was apparently found on in the shelter, and law enforcement officials believe that is what caused the tragedy.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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