- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Details emerge on ex-football player’s injuries

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - The family of a former Minnesota State, Mankato, linebacker who was allegedly assaulted by a former Minnesota quarterback and another man released details on his injuries Saturday, saying he has lost part of his brain and can’t breathe on his own.

In a statement released through the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, the family of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad said he required emergency surgery Tuesday morning to relieve swelling on his brain that had increased the pressure within his skull to life-threatening levels.

Isaac had a significant amount of his brain tissue that was no longer viable removed during that procedure,” the family’s statement said.

Police had already said that Kolstad’s lungs sustained severe injury as a result of a lack of oxygen after the attack, in addition to a skull fracture and brain damage. His family members elaborated, saying his lung injuries have left him unable to breathe on his own. He underwent a tracheotomy on Friday to help manage his breathing while on life support, their statement said.

Kolstad remained in critical condition in a medically induced coma on Saturday.


What did 2014 Legislature do for you? Here’s what

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - As Minnesota lawmakers break from the Capitol for the campaign, they leave behind a tale of two sessions.

Last year: tax increases to fix a broken budget. This year: tax breaks from a budget surplus.

Last year: A new gay marriage law grabbed tons of attention. This year: medical marijuana.

It didn’t take long for ruling Democrats and minority party Republicans to shift into full campaign mode.

“I think Minnesotans are going to be happy with the results they’ve seen come out of these last two years of progress for Minnesota,” said House Majority Leader Erin Murphy.


ATF agent: Chemicals in Waseca case dangerous

WASECA, Minn. (AP) - Chemicals found in a Waseca self-storage shed last month created an extremely dangerous situation regardless of whether a teenager accused of making explosives there was ever going to carry out an alleged plot to kill his family then attack his school, a federal law enforcement official said.

Scott Sweetow, special agent in charge of the Minnesota field offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told The Free Press of Mankato (https://bit.ly/1o0VYD0https://bit.ly/1o0VYD0 ) that potassium perchlorate and some form of powdered metal are commonly mixed to make flash powder for illegal fireworks or explosives.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Sweetow told the newspaper for a story published Saturday. “When we run across these people with one or more of these chemicals, it’s often a clandestine explosives operation or clandestine drug operation.”

The 17-year-old suspect allegedly told investigators he was making explosives that he planned to detonate at Waseca Junior-Senior High School. He has pleaded not guilty in juvenile court to charges of attempted murder, possession of explosives and attempted criminal damage to property. Prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult.

The ATF has been providing support to Waseca investigators since potassium perchlorate, aluminum powder, red iron oxide and smokeless gunpowder were found in the rented storage shed April 29. The teen was arrested after two women living nearby called 911 to report a suspicious person entering the shed.


‘Miracle on Ice’ gold medal auctioned for $262,900

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An Olympic gold medal earned by a player on the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 U.S. Olympic team has been auctioned for nearly $263,000.

It belonged to Mark Pavelich, who had the assist on Mike Eruzione’s game-winning goal for Team USA against the Soviet Union.

Heritage Auctions of Dallas says it fetched $262,900 Friday in an online-only sale. The company says it’s just the second 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey gold medal to reach the block, the first being Mark Wells’ medal, which commanded $310,700 in 2010.

Pavelich, a native of Eveleth, went on to play for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks in the NHL.

Heritage sports director Chris Ivy says Pavelich was not in financial distress but wanted to help his kids with their education.



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