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The newsletter article went on to explain a state law enacted that year that outlawed the "power hour" -- an at times deadly ritual in which a person turning 21 enters a bar at midnight on his or her birthday to binge drink. The law bans anyone from consuming alcohol until 8 a.m. on their birthday. It was not immediately known how soon in the day Jax began drinking.
"Other 21st birthday rituals," the article continued, "like drinking 21 shots or doing a pub crawl for 21 drinks, are nearly impossible to make illegal through legislation but have the potential for the same serious consequences" as the power hour.
"So the next time someone you know is about to celebrate that all-important 21st birthday," the article concluded, "be a good friend and don't pressure them to drink. Forget about buying them a barf bucket and help them have a fun birthday celebration they'll actually remember and be around to talk about on their 22nd birthday."
Services for Jax are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and one hour prior to Friday's service at the church.