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Binge drinking is significant problem in Mankato, police say

Binge drinking is a significant problem in Mankato, and the community must address it, says Mankato Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Matt Westermayer.

By Max Jensen, News 12 reporter [broadcast on KEYC-TV, Mankato, MN, 10/30/2007]

Binge drinking in Mankato again, this time, a 21-year-old is dead.

News 12's Max Jensen joins us now with more on this very tragic story.

Jessica, authorities say Amanda Jax was in town last night, to celebrate her 21st birthday, and this morning her friends found her unresponsive. The call came in around 7:00 this morning from the College Park Apartments near the MSU campus.

Authorities say the exact cause of death has yet to be determined, but their preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol appeared to play a significant role.

Deputy Director Matt Westermayer of the Mankato Department of Public Safety says ''Binge drinking is a significant problem in our community. It's a relatively new phenomena. Unfortunately it has deadly consequences and it's something that law enforcement is wrestling with on a regular basis and it's something the community is going to have to address.''

Westermayer says the Blue Earth County medical examiner has finished conducting an autopsy. The Mankato Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigation.

You're looking at pictures of Jax from her personal '"myspace" page.

Jax was a former pre-nursing student at MSU. She was from Mayer, which is just west of the Twin Cities.Tonight at ten, what university officials are saying about this tragic incident.Max Jensen, News 12.

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