The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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June 24, 2014

Kolstad moving to Twin Cities facility for recovery

MANKATO — Recovering ex-football player Isaac Kolstad is taking a big step today by being transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation program in the Twin Cities, according to an update by the family.

Kolstad has been demonstrating a series of gains over the last few weeks. He had skull surgery two weeks ago and began tentatively standing on his own feet with help from specialists. Last weekend, he began making basic interactions with his family and daughter.

Kolstad's family also in a written statement expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of support and prayers received during Kolstad's ordeal.

Kolstad, a Mankato East High School and Minnesota State University graduate, suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury in a May 11 fight in downtown Mankato.

Prosecutors have charged former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson of Mankato and Trevor Shelley of St. Peter with assault.

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