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MSU Mankato football player wins on 'Price is Right' using Kolstad number

A football player for Minnesota State, Mankato won prizes including a trip to Paris on an episode of "The Price is Right" by using the jersey number of his stricken teammate, Isaac Kolstad, to guess the trip's price. 

Jeffrey Raymond, a senior defensive lineman, said he was on spring break with friends from Minnesota State, Mankato when they tried to get tickets to the long-running game show on a whim. They waited in line for hours but eventually made it into the studio for a taping of the game show hosted by comedian Drew Carey.

"We really didn’t expect anyone of us to get called up there," said Raymond, who played three seasons with Kolstad. "We were pretty surprised and excited when one of us did."

Raymond said in an interview that he played three seasons with Kolstad before Kolstad was severely injured one year ago in a fight in downtown Mankato. Kolstad's steady recovery from his injuries -- going from a coma to walking and talking -- has been documented on social media and by his wife, Molly. His recovery slogan of "#22strong" is based on his former jersey number when he played for the Minnesota State University Mavericks. 

After his name was called on "The Price is Right," Raymond outguessed three other contestants on the price of a home theater system, then narrowly missed winning a large LED television and couch. He hadone more stroke of luck and landed in the show's final challenge, the Showcase Showdown, in which he had to guess the price of a package of prizes including trips to Paris and New York, a new kitchen and baking classes. 

 "I said 'I gotta go 22 strong,'" Raymond said Thursday, recounting what he said on the show. His bid of $22,000 was a few thousand dollars shy of the actual price, but it was a better bid than his opponent, and he won. 

The episode aired Tuesday. Kolstad watched it while doing physical therapy, Raymond said.

Photo: Jeffrey Raymond appears on "The Price is Right." Source: The Price is Right

Stearns County man sentenced to 40 years in prison for kidnapping, assault


A man who punched his ex-girlfriend in the face while threatning to kill her during a harrowing, violent car ride last year was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison, the Stearns County Attorney's office reported.

Dale David Lott, 42, of St. Cloud, was given the maximum sentence under the state's "dangerous offender" statute due to his frequent run-ins with the law and the court's finding that he was a danger to public safety. 

Lott's criminal record includes convictions for second degree criminal sexual conduct, assault, illegal possession of a firearm and drug possession. He has been incarcerated on and off since the age of 15, according to court records.

A woman told police that she was out drinking at a bar with Lott on May 25, 2014, when she attempted to break up with him. Later that night, while the woman drove them home, Lott "freaked out" and began beating her. He took her phone and car keys and then drove aimlessly into the countryside with the woman in the passenger's seat.

Lott told the woman he would run her "into a pole," repeatedly hit her and said he would kill her. He would not let her use her phone to call her mother. The woman tried to escape by pulling the car's emergency brake. He punched her again and knocked out her teeth, which the woman showed Lott. He then panicked and began talking about suicide, told the woman they should talk out their problems and tried to act "nice," the woman told investigators. 

He then drove her back to their place and left her. The woman's mother came to pick her up to take her to the hospital, and she saw Lott sitting a car nearby. The mother confronted Lott, punched him on the arm and told him she would make sure he went back to prison. Lott punched her in the face.

The woman and her mother went to a nearby hospital for help. St. Cloud Police officers investigating the assault found Lott the next day hiding in a locked room in another woman's residence. He was arrested while trying to flee out a window. 

Lott was convicted of first degree assault and felony kidnapping. He was also convicted of fifth degree assault for punching his ex-girlfriend's mother. Stearns County District Court Judge Kris Davick-Halfen sentenced Lott to 40 years for kidnapping, 20 years for the felony assault charge and 90 days for the misdemeanor assault charge. The sentences will be served concurrently. 

Photo: Dale David Lott. Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections