Isaac Kolstad breathing on his own, still in a coma from brain d - KMSP-TV

Isaac Kolstad breathing on his own, still in a coma from brain damage

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MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) - Isaac Kolstad, the former Minnesota State University-Mankato linebacker who was critically injured in an assault in Mankato in early May, is off life support and has been breathing on his own over the weekend, though he remains in a coma from brain damage sustained in the assault.

Former Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson, 20, and Trevor Shelley, 21, of St. Peter, are both facing first- and third-degree felony charges in connection with the assault.

On Friday, Kolstad was off sedation for most of the day, and on Saturday, he was off of his sedation medications entirely, according to a post by his brother-in-law Mike Fleming on his CaringBridge page.

He was off life support and breathing on his own all day on Saturday.

The post reads, in part:

"It is such a relief to see Isaac relaxed today as the struggle for him to remain stable off of the sedation medications was incredibly emotional. At this time Isaac is no longer in a medically induced coma, but remains in a coma related to his brain injuries and damage. We truly believe the community coming together this week has impacted Isaac and our family is more ways than we could ever have imagined. Some one wrote to us on here about Isaac's 'marathon'. "The marathon is nothing more than a series of lots of sprints, combined with a lot of support, determination, and hope." With your support and positive hopes, Isaac will continue to overcome those series of sprints-which may be small accomplishments and day to day, but signs of recovery for our loving, caring, amazing husband, son, brother, friend, father, and teammate: Isaac."


Kolstad began working for Fastenal, located in Mankato, in January -- but in that short span of time, he definitely made an impression on his employer. Fastenal organized a live and silent auction to raise money for the family's medical costs, and by the end of the night, auction attendees had helped raise more than $62,000 for the Kolstad family.

Several impressive items began pouring in once word spread:

- 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

All winning bids will be deposited directly to the Kolstad fund on

The Kolstad family told Fox 9 News the lawyer they have hired will be responsible for multiple things, including future civil lawsuits and ensuring the money raised goes to the proper fund.

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