Hundreds turn out at St. Cloud fundraiser for UMD student who nearly froze to death

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 4:46 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A crowd of hundreds turned out in St. Cloud to help a University of Minnesota Duluth student who nearly froze to death last month.

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jarlmnJan. 5, 14 5:57 PM

I'd like to see that hundreds turn out to slap-silly, her "friends" that didn't make sure she safely got inside that night.

boris123Jan. 5, 14 6:58 PM

Very tragically adults sometimes do not use good judgement and terrible things happen. While her friends surely are saying we should of... The responsibility rests with her. Do not blame others when responsibility belongs to her. You might determine if she is not of age to legally consume booze, then who supplied the booze has culpability for contributing to a minor but not for her nearly freezing to death.

actualreaderJan. 5, 14 7:37 PM

Like the previous commenter, I also wondered "What friends?" when I first saw the reports. But I wish college -- and high school -- students would realize if you drink to the point you can't take care of yourself, you can't depend on others to do it. Your friend may not spot you walking out of the party with a date rapist or taking the wrong turn on the way home that leads you toward the river. Your friend may be the "buzzed driver" who piles the car into a tree or front-ends a semi with you unbelted in the passenger seat. Or your friend may drop you off, see you heading around your house toward the back door and assume you'll get there, you won't drop your keys and you won't become so disoriented you end up trying to get into an unoccupied house. Admittedly, these are very, very small risks. But are they worth it?

WaterBunkerJan. 5, 14 7:59 PM

I assume she is a quality young woman who made a mistake. Do not blame her friends. We have all made mistakes and could have had her problems. She deserves our compassion and support.

mnpikeyJan. 5, 14 8:57 PM

How did this happen, she was 19 and not old enough to drink?

jackpinesavJan. 6, 14 8:52 AM

And the same weekend as this event, 2 more young people, after being in a bar late, go in the river and drown in southern Minnesota. Time to change the learning curve on our youth population regarding alcohol use.....seriously. Binge and bar drinking continues to be epidemic on college campuses. Have worked in the business for 40 years.....drinking culture and media focus ignore the problem.

selfmadeJan. 6, 1410:18 AM

No matter how drunk I've ever been, when you step out into -17 temps you have a bit of a sobering slap to the face...If I couldn't open the door to the house, I just can't imagine laying down right there in the cold...If one is SO wasted that they can't even walk from the car, it's on the "friends" at that point to look out for one another...Either way, super tragic and I hope she recovers fully...Many of us have been inches away from various catastrophe at that age pushing the limits and bottom line just got lucky...Hope others can learn from this unfortunate situation...

dutclinJan. 7, 14 8:57 AM

Again, it is not the fault of her friends. She is 19, an adult, needs to take care of herself. It is nice to have others look out for you but this girl created her own situation.

stribologistJan. 7, 1410:17 AM

I've never heard from so many holier than thou people in my life. By the grace of God we go and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And we kept our fingers and toes. She sounds like she had many friends and my heart goes out to her.

buccaneer44Jan. 7, 14 1:42 PM

Sad, sad story...that said, I am amazed it doesn't happen more often. You hope it doesn't, but you know it will!

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