Man dies days after being assaulted at bar near Alexandria

It happened at the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada.
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A man assaulted at a bar in central Minnesota died days later, police say.

Steven Hlinsky, 46, of rural Alexandria, was found unresponsive and not breathing at his home on Sunday, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tributes on Facebook identify Hlinsky, known locally as Beaver, as a long-serving member of the volunteer Forada Fire Department, as well as being a father of two.

He had just been released from St. Cloud Hospital on Friday, six days after being assaulted at the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada, which is about 8 miles south of Alexandria.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Hlinsky had been found on the sidewalk bleeding from the nose and ear in the early hours of Saturday, May 5, and had to be airlifted to hospital.

It's not clear yet whether his death is related to the injuries he sustained in the fight, with police awaiting the results from the medical examiner's office.

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A GoFundMe page set up for Hlinsky in the wake of the assault says he was out for an "average night when things turned for the worst."

The injuries he suffered required a spell in intensive care and "major surgery on his face."

More than $4,400 has been raised on the page.

Police continue to investigate the assault, and since it happened have been interviewing people at the bar and also executing search warrants to obtain additional information.

Anyone with any information should call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 320-762-8151.Case Number: 18005068

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