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Isaac Kolstad's employer organizes impressive auction benefit

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A lot of high-ticket items and sports memorabilia will be sold to help the family of Isaac Kolstad, the former Minnesota State University-Mankato linebacker who was critically injured in an assault on the city's streets.

Kolstad's condition remains dire, and with medical bills mounting, his employer organized a silent auction that will begin on Thursday night to help his family offset the costs.

Even Bud Grant, the legendary Hall-of-Fame coach of the Minnesota Vikings, sent along items to be sold at the benefit even though his own garage sale could offer up a bit of competition.

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Kolstad began working for Fastenal, located in Mankato, in January. Now, his employer is bringing out a big tent and making preparations for a live auction under the ##22strong banner. The sales will begin at 4 p.m. and continue through 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

When word went out that the guys at Fastenal were looking for items to sell, some impressive items began pouring in -- including:

- A box of cigars from Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire's 1,000th win
- Autographed Ted Williams print
- Baseball bats from Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau
- Jerome Simpson's game-used cleats
- A signed Grandlund jersey from the Minnesota Wild
- A basketball signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves
- A signed football from Bud Grant
- Hand-carved duck decoys

All winning bids will be deposited directly to the Kolstad fund on YouCaring.com, which has already raised more than $45,000.

This week, the Kolstad family shared an update on CaringBridge to say that the swelling in Isaac's brain had gone down; however, his neurological activity is unchanged. He remains on life-support.

The family has since hired a lawyer, who told Fox 9 News he will be responsible for multiple things. Among them, any future civil lawsuits and overseeing the money raised to ensure it goes where it is supposed to.

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