North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum provides practice timeline to allow for high school athletic contests to restart Dec. 14

Grand Forks Red River's Tanner Bernhardson and Grand Forks Central's Colton Bjorge work for control of the puck during Thursday's game at Purpur Arena. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, in a joint statement with House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, announced Wednesday a timeline to conduct practices to set up a return to play for high school athletics following a coronavirus-related pause.

Winter sports practices will be allowed to resume Nov. 30 with extra precautions, Burgum announced, while competitions will remain suspended until Dec. 14.

On Friday, Burgum issued an executive order to halt winter sports from starting up until Dec. 14. The amended order allows practices to resume for high school winter sports, community and club sports for youth and adults starting Nov. 30.

According to a release from Burgum, the changes comes after "daily consultation and collaboration between the governor and legislative leaders, constructive input from the North Dakota High School Activities Association and athletic associations, and feedback from numerous legislators, parents, school administrators, students, coaches, mental health professionals and others concerned about the impacts of suspended activities on students' well-being."

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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