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Forada man dies one week after reported assault

Steven "Beaver" Hlinksy is pictured with his children, Dominic and Abby.

A Forada man who law enforcement says was the victim of an assault in the early-morning hours of Saturday, May 5, has died.

Steven “Beaver” Hlinsky, 46, a long-time Forada firefighter, died Sunday afternoon, May 13, at his home, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which received a 911 call from the Hlinsky residence.

The sheriff’s office, Forada First Responders and North Ambulance responded and found Hlinsky unresponsive and not breathing. He was pronounced dead, and an autopsy will be performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in the Twin Cities, according to the sheriff’s office.

A sheriff’s report from 12:56 a.m. on May 5 states that a man had been found on the sidewalk, bleeding from his nose and ear and was not breathing very well. The man was Hlinsky.

The assault took place at 1531 4th St. SE in Forada, outside the Muddy Boot, which is formerly Forada Liquor, according to the sheriff’s office.

Hlinsky was transported to Douglas County Hospital and later airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital.

He remained there in intensive care until May 8. He was released from the St. Cloud Hospital on Friday, May 11, according to his CaringBridge site.

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said there has been an active investigation since the reported assault. He said search warrants have been issued and deputies continue to interview people who were at the Muddy Boot at the time of the reported assault.

Anyone with information regarding the assault is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 320-763-8151.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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