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Medical examiner determines cause of death of 18-year-old HHS senior; two arrests made

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The Dakota County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death of an 18-year-old Hastings High School senior, found dead here March 17. The examiner ruled the man died of an alcohol and heroin overdose.

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Following a subsequent investigation, Hastings police were able to get a number of leads using the deceased man's cell phone, among other things. Investigators determined the man had traveled to the Twin Cities with two others to purchase heroin on or about March 16.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the 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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