Benefit Held For Victim of Chisholm Shooting

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Aug 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM CDT

Cale Nelson was one of the men wounded and has since been on a long road to recovery.

This weekend a benefit to help with medical expenses will be held in honor of the Nelson family.

Angie Nelson says while her husband Cale is making an amazing recovery, he still has a long way to go.

"You know it was leaps and bounds everyday and now is just...slow and steady wins the race. It feels slower but he has come a long way,"

Last March Cale Nelson unexpectedly found himself in the center of a domestic dispute that turned deadly inside a local Chisholm Bar.

47 year old Jason Musburger allegedly walked into Jim's Sports Bar and Grill with two hand guns and opened fire.

Larry Elj was another by stander who was injured in the shooting.
40 year old Edward Walberg lost his life.

Cale was shot two times in the stomach and doctors said he was not expected to live.

But that was a scenario Angie says she never allowed herself to accept.

"I just never thought for one second that he was going to die, so it wasn't like I was like 'OK he's going to pull through', that wasn't even in my mind it was just 'well what do we got to do?'," said

Over the past couple months Cale has had to be in and out of the hospital several times. In an effort to help with the medical expenses the family is now having a benefit. It will be held Saturday at the Hibbing VFW in honor of Cale.

"My mom and her sister decided that we need something to basically keep me afloat until I can go back to work or decide what is going to happen to me," said Cale.

Both Cale and Angie say the out pouring of support from the community since the March tragedy has been so overwhelming; there aren't enough words to express their gratitude.

"I'm so happy I live in a small community where everybody helps out. We talk about Minnesota nice, but up here it's truly Minnesota nice," said Cale.

Tickets for the Cale Nelson benefit this Saturday are 7 dollars.

Along with the spaghetti dinner will be a silent auction and raffles with donations from business all over the Iron Range.