ST. PETER (LEARFIELD) – There will be high school football and volleyball in Minnesota after all.

The Minnesota State High School executive director Erich (eric) Martens says the board of directors voted yesterday to change course after several factors changed since the vote to postpone the seasons happened in August.

“When you create a body of knowledge and folks start to take a look at it routinely they start to see potentially a shift in how they’re feeling about things, and what the information is leading them to decide,” said Martens. “So I think that happened over a course of time.”

Martens says they are happy that football and volleyball players will get a chance to play, but he also cautions that everyone will need to be responsible to ensure safety.

“We expect they will be taking all of the safety measures they can to ensure the student-athletes can compete, but also go to school,” said State Health Commissioner Jan Malcom. “Which really means extra vigilance on everybody’s part – players, coaches, spectators, fans.”

Teams can begin practice this coming Monday and start games and matches in early October.