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July 10, 2014

Update: Kolstad making gains in therapy (photo)

Former MSU football player smiling, laughing more

MANKATO — Isaac Kolstad, the former Minnesota State University football player injured in an alleged downtown assault, has increased his walking distance to about 1,500 feet per day.

“His right leg has always been weaker, but he is engaging it more independently during his walks and he is really looking great,” his wife, Molly Kolstad, posted on his Caring Bridge site Thursday.

Kolstad continues to make gains in occupational, physical and speech therapy, according to the post. He also does recreational therapy, which includes music and social interaction.

“Isaac’s interactions with us keep getting better as well,” Molly Kolstad wrote. “The best new tricks are smiles and laughter."

On May 11 Kolstad, 24, suffered a skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury, which resulted in a number of surgeries, during an altercation downtown.

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

— Free Press Staff

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