Kolstad's family hires attorney to ready civil suits in Mankato assault


As Isaac Kolstad remains sedated and on life support in a Mankato hospital, his family has hired an attorney.

The Mankato Free Press reports that no civil lawsuits have yet been filed against people or businesses connected to the incident, but that could happen at any time, according to Ken White, the Mankato lawyer hired by the family of Kolstad, 24, a husband and father of a young daughter. His wife, Molly, is pregnant with their second daughter.

"We're constantly evaluating where the medical situation lies, where the criminal situation lies and what civil remedies are available," White told the newspaper. "We do not want to interfere in any significant way with the police investigation."

Kolstad, a former Minnesota State University football player, was critically injured after being punched during an argument outside a downtown Mankato bar earlier this month. Phillip Nelson, 20, former Gophers quarterback, and Trevor Shelley, 21, of St. Peter have been charged in the assault. Nelson was removed from the Rutgers football team last week after he was charged. Both men have posted bail for their release from jail.

A benefit for Kolstad and his young family is planned for Thursday night at Fastenal's Mankato branch, where Kolstad had worked in sales for about five months. The YouCaring fundraising page set up to raise money to defray medical costs showed more than $45,000 in donations as of Tuesday morning.

KEYC described a "slight improvement" in Kolstad's condition. His wife posted a message on his CaringBridge website saying a brain scan had showed Isaac's brain swelling had been reduced. His neurological status hadn't changed, and he remains in critical condition.

Mankato police released additional information about the witnesses to the incident.

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