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July 2, 2014

Kolstad walking up to 200 feet per day

MANKATO — Isaac Kolstad, the former Minnesota State University football player injured in a downtown assault, is now walking up to 200 feet a day during his recovery at an inpatient rehabilitation program in the Twin Cities, according to a new Caring Bridge post by his wife.

He also made several key actions as part of his recovery from his coma, Molly Kolstad wrote. He snapped his fingers and made a a “come here” motion with his hand. He also managed to complete small tasks by himself, such as removing his own socks. He struggled with similar actions only a few weeks ago.

He is undergoing two-hour physical therapy sessions each day with the assistance of two therapists.

“We celebrate the little things like these and know that Isaac is coming around, it will just take time,” Molly Kolstad wrote.

Kolstad, 24, was attacked near a downtown bar May 11. His injuries resulted in a skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury, which resulted in a number of surgeries.

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

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