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Hundreds Turn Out for Ex-Football Player Benefit

Updated: 05/23/2014 2:57 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 5:40 PM KSTP.com
By: Tom Durian

Friends and family of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad held a fundraiser in Mankato on Thursday to raise money for his family to help offset medical expenses. Kolstad remains in critical condition after an assault on the streets of downtown Mankato earlier this month.

Kolstad worked in sales at the Fastenall Company. His coworkers say they put the event together knowing Kolstad would do the same thing if the tables were turned.

"You always hear the cliché 'Minnesota nice, Midwest nice,' things like this only happen to good people. The clichés are spot on, the outpouring is huge," said Dan Buss, who worked with Kolstad and helped organize the event.

Hundreds of auction items were up for grabs at the event. Some of them were donated by Minnesota sports stars and their teams.

Kolstad's brother read from a prepared statement from his family offering thanks for all the support.

"It is simply astounding to see so many people - many we know and even some we don't - come forth in so many different and creative ways to help out," Abe Kolstad said.

Word for events involving Kolstad has spread quickly with the social media hashtag #22STRONG.

The Kolstad family lawyer, Ken White, who was also at the event, says the family is exploring a possible lawsuit in this case but couldn't give any details.

Organizers expect to know how much was raised at Thursday's event within the next few days.  A YouCaring.com site set up for the family has raised more than $63,500.


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