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Fundraiser Benefits Family of Critically-Injured Mankato Man

Updated: 05/22/2014 8:04 AM
Created: 05/22/2014 7:05 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

A community will come together Thursday to rally behind the family of the Mankato man who was critically injured in a fight.

Twenty-four-year-old Isaac Kolstad remains on life support after he was injured nearly two weeks ago in downtown Mankato.

The Fastenal company’s Mankato branch, which is where Kolstad worked, will host a benefit from 5-7 p.m. Thursday to help his family offset the costs. The event includes a silent auction and free-will offering meal. 

The company is located at 150 Pauley Way in Mankato. Donations are also being accepted at a YouCaring.com site for the Kolstad family.

Doctors said Kolstad had a skull fracture on the left side of his head after the fight. He also was suffering from bleeding of his brain, brain swelling and shifting, along with deterioration of his lungs from a lack of oxygen, doctors told investigators.

Police arrested 20-year-old Philip Nelson, a former University of Minnesota quarterback from Mankato, early in the morning on May 11, just after the assault. Nelson has been accused of kicking Kolstad in the head. He is facing two felony assault charges and is currently out on $20,000 bail.

Police also arrested 21-year-old Trevor Shelley, after witnesses came forward with information. Shelley is accused of delivering a punch to Kolstad that knocked him to the ground.


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