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Minnesota Gov. Walz gives bleak assessment on chances for spring prep sports

By David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 04/20/20, 10:30AM CDT

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Gov. Tim Walz, a former high school coach, gave a heartfelt but bleak assessment Monday of the chances of prep sports resuming this spring.


The Jordan Baseball Park also known as the "Mini Met." Photo by Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz, a former high school coach, gave a heartfelt but bleak assessment Monday of the chances of prep sports resuming this spring and indicated an answer about what happens next for Minnesota schools will come later this week.

Those holding onto hope for a different outcome received no assurances, only sympathies, when Walz addressed those topics during Monday’s news conference.

Walz said, “I think it’s unlikely” that Minnesota schools, closed since March 25 in favor of distance learning to help slow the spread of COVID-19, will reopen in the 2019-20 academic year. Walz said he will make a decision about schools “probably sometime this week.” Currently, May 4 is the earliest student could have returned to school buildings.

As schools go, so do high school activities.

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