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Pandemic gives Minnesota high school game officials one more call to make


October 13, 2020

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Minneapolis Star Tribune

L to R: Linesman Jason Vogt, referee Andrew Aller, umpire Brian Grandstand, back judge Dan Sigl, and line judge David Rivera get ready for the football game between Hopkins and Apple Valley without the benefit of a locker room because of Covid-19.

Football official Andrew Aller arrived at Apple Valley High School on Friday equipped with the type of white hat he has worn for the past 14 years and a black face covering, a new accessory this season.

Officiating during the coronavirus pandemic gave Aller, 61, pause. But by Friday, he said he was secure in his decision and now needed to follow protocols.

Meanwhile in Shakopee, another veteran official, Matt Jurewicz, spent part of his Friday evening on a Zoom call with his five siblings to discuss holiday plans. Jurewicz elected to sit out this season. He runs a financial-planning business at his mother Maetta's home. She is 79 years old and Jurewicz is afraid of contracting COVID-19 and putting her at risk.


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