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Authorities charge man who arranged underage drinking party in Lake Delton; students not cited

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

A Wisconsin Dells man has been charged with organizing a large underage drinking party in Lake Delton, following a high school prom in nearby Portage.

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Authorities said about 50 students attended the April 25 party, but none of them are being cited.

Ryan Field, 19, was charged last week with three Sauk County citations for selling alcohol to minors without a license and allowing underage consumption.

He's due in court June 22, and he faces just more than $1,600 in fines.

Portage High School officials contacted police after seeing photos of a party on a school digital camera.

Police said Field rented a house and bought the beer.

The school said it punished the students under its co-curricular rules and athletic code.

Reports quoted school and police officials as saying it would be extreme and counter-productive to add judicial punishment and that's why the drinkers were not cited.

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