Created: 01/23/2014 2:38 PM WDIO.com
Significant changes are coming to high school football in Minnesota starting in 2015.
The Minnesota State High School League has passed a new game scheduling policy that will change how schools are grouped together in conferences and the range of teams they will be able to schedule in a season.
At Thursday's MSHSL board of directors meeting, about 10 coaches stood up to speak passionately about changing the high school game scheduling policy from conference play to district.
One high school football coach from Motley said he can't defend his team's current schedule. His team travels from Motley-Staples up to Warroad. He says they pass through 31 communities he'd gladly pull over and play, but can't because they are not a part of his conference, so he can't.
Coaches were overwhelmingly in favor of what they called "evening the playing field."
The new district format would be about playing teams that are similar to their own, creating a bracket within a geographical region and playing against schools with like-programs and comparable enrollment.
Districts would be made up of 12-18 schools and it would be up to those schools within the district to decide the eight-game football schedule.
Other school sports like swimming, volleyball and basketball will not be impacted and will still play within their conference.
The state tournament would also not be impacted by this change. With the demolition of the Metordome underway, the Prep Bowl will be held at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons.
"Walk a Mile in Our Shoes" Raises Money for Steps Center
We all know that getting enough exercise is an important factor in staying healthy, but on Saturday, the annual "Walk a Mile In Our Shoes" event also raised thousands of dollars for the Steps Center.
Winds Keep Hot Air Balloons Down... Again.
Kites and hot air balloons were in Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday, but unfortunately, that wind grounded the balloons for a second year in a row. They're hoping to try for another balloon launch on Sunday.
30th Annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest
It's officially the last weekend of summer, and as usual, Chester Bowl is kicking off the fall season with its annual fall festival. For 30 years, families have been gathering at Chester Bowl Park for the occasion. More than one hundred vendors set up for the annual festival, and the stage featured live music all day.
A Special Feat for a Very Special Athlete: Superior Man Earns Black Belt
Brandon Moe has been training in Karate Taekwondo since he was a little boy. Saturday, he went for his first degree black belt, a proud moment for his mother who said complications at his birth didn't guarantee he'd be here today.
1,000-foot Laker Freed After Being Stuck near Bayfront Park
A laker ran aground near Bayfront Park in Duluth. Right before 4 p.m., the 1,000-foot laker got stuck right near shore. The laker was finally freed, with the help of two tug boats, at around 7 p.m.