GLN NOV 2018

Thank you Fall Workshop Sponsors!

Fall Workshop Gold Sponsors
Cushman Motor Company
Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing
MagicTurfs / Town & Country Landscaping of Rogers
Midwest Groundcover
Minnesota Sodding Company
MTI Distributing Inc.
Ramy Turf
Reinders Inc.
SiteOne Landscaping Supply
The Tessman Company

Fall Workshop Silver Sponsors
Eco Works Supply
Edney Distributing Co., Inc.
Gertens Wholesale & Professional Turf
Helena Chemical
Rock Hard Landscape Supply
St. Croix Recreation and Fun Playgrounds

Fall Workshop Bronze Sponsors
DH Athletics
Frost Services
MUSCO Sports Lighting
Super Tech Products
Twin City Seed Company

Continental Breakfast Sponsors:
Midwest Groundcover
St. Croix Recreation and Fun Playgrounds

Lunch Sponsors:
Midwest Groundcover
St. Croix Recreation and Fun Playgrounds

First MPSTMA Demo Day Receives Positive Feedback
The 1st MPSTMA Demo Day took place on July 25 at the National Sports Center in Blaine from 9am – 1pm. Rain threatened to play a little havoc with the event but turned out to be a non-issue.

"I thought the Demo Day event was really nice and beneficial," said Jerry Jacobson, The Blake Schools, and added "I'm not sure if the Board is planning to do this annually but I would be in favor of it or at least having it bi-annually."

Demo’s took place on natural grass in the NE quadrant of the NSC property. Synthetic turf demonstrations took place on the Stadium Field. More than 120 pre-registered for the event. Due to anticipated bad weather, about 25 of those did not make the event. Both vendors and attendees  were generally pleased. he MPSTMA welcomes all feedback from the event.

Minnesota Sodding Company Tom Rudberg CSFM, Ben Boeding CSFM, Cody Gustafson, Garry Loufek
Cushman Motor Company Steve Scanlan
Kromer Company Al Hentges
Property Props / Slat Trax Laura MacLean, Gary Ringus
Eco Works Supply, Jim O’Neill, Doug Daniel, Scott Patterson, Geoff Jordan
Redexim Turf Products Steve Horgan
Superior Tech Products Rick Gabler
Pioneer Athletics Joel Jakubowski, Melissa Carte
Frost, Inc. Ken Rost
Minnesota Equipment, Inc. John Braunshausen
MTI Distributing, Inc. Bill Brookhart, Bob Frank, Larry Gorman, Ruth Milks
SiteOne Kevin Knauss, Brandon Young, Jeff Latterell, Don Lubrecht
+ Environmental Agronomics Mike Kelly
+ TURFCO Manufacturing Greg Brodd
Frontier Ag Jon Gladis

Lunch Sponsors
+ SiteOne Landscape Supply
+ The Tessman Company, Tom Thul
+ Eco Works Supply
+ Frost Inc.
+ Cushman Motor Company
+ Superior Tech Products
+ Plaisted Companies, Steve Young
+ TURFCO Manfufacturing

MPSTMA Wins 19-year-old Chapter Clash Trophy in Rain-Shortened
Golf Tournament Versus Iowa and Wisconsin in La Crosse, WI

On July 13, MPSTMA members met Iowa and Wisconsin STMA chapter representatives in La Crosse, Wisc. The day started off with overcast clouds but always looking like a threat to rain. Each state provided 2-man scramble teams with groups going off the front and back side of Forest Hills Public Golf Course.

 Umbrellas were not needed until groups reached their 11th or 12th holes. Then the rains came. Pouring enough for standing water on top of the greens. Host Peter Bemis, Wisconsin STMA Chapter Manager notified the players that this year's tournament was complete. Golfers would not be allowed back on the course. Everyone then enjoyed lunch under the awnings of the pro shop while it rained and rained.

The tournament was reduced to nine holes. Minnesota had a strong showing and finished first, Iowa second and Wisconsin third - fitting that all three states medaled.

Most everyone stayed the night in La Crosse.

The second day of the Chapter Clash was spearheaded by UWL Grounds Services Manager Tony Meidl and his staff.  We were escorted throughout the UWL grounds via microbus and vans.  Included in the tour were stops at there track, event spaces, soccer field, central campus open spaces, softball, baseball and shop complexes.  The tour concluded at Veterans Memorial Field with a lunch hosted by the WSTMA chapter in the suites overlooking the stadium.  UWL is host to the Wisconsin High School State Track meet each spring and they have a great host facility for a NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of 10,500. 

A great thank you again to the Wisconsin STMA group and Peter Bemis in particular. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Chapter Clash to defend the trophy!

Pictured above and representing MPSTMA are, from left in front row: Reid Johnson CSFM, Dave Simeon, Roger Weinbrenner CSFM, Tracy Closson, Mike McDonald CSFM, Paul Griffin, Cody Gustafson, Jeff Turtinen and Jim O'Neill. Back row from left: Ben Boeding CSFM, Steve Horgan, Bruce Leivermann, Al Hentges and Seth Langager.


MPSTMA Tours TCO Performance Center Sports Fields on June 27

An MPSTMA group of 85 met in Eagan to tour the sports fields at the new TCO Performance Center - practice home of the Minnesota Vikings Football Club.

Vikings' Sports Field Managers Grant Davisson
and Dan Seidel hosted and addressed the group and talked about how each of the four outdoor sports fields differ. Each field compares to the variety of surfaces the Vikings will face
on the road in the National Football League.

Local football teams will have opportunities to play on these fields. The synthetic turf, pictured on the left, is wide enough and long enough for a regulation soccer field.

U of Northwestern Hosts Another Successful Spring Workshop

The MPSTMA Spring Workshop took place on Thursday, March 8 at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. 22 vendors sponsored the event and set up tabletop displays indoors and a demo opportunity outside. The venue had two theatre auditoriums that can combine to form one that seats 400 people. The MPSTMA Spring Workshop Committee produced a variety set of speakers. Playground Maintenance, Web-based Irrigation Systems, Tree Inventory and motivational talks are set.

The Spring Workshop began at 7 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts available courtesy of Justin Crandall and Midwest Groundcover Express Blowing Service. Along with St. Croix Recreation Fun Playgrounds, Midwest Groundcover also sponsored the hot lunch.

After an hour of networking, the group had a choice of two breakout sessions to attend.

The sessions took place in two auditoriums:

Auditorium 1 
"Playground Maintenance"  - Tom Norquist, PlayCore
"Web-based Irrigation Systems" - Jim Ruzicka, Mainline Consulting

 Auditorium 2
"Value of Conducting a Tree Inventory" - David Katz, Birch Tree Care
"Masterful Leadership: Uplevel Your Presence On and Off the Field"  - Barbara Churchill, Barbara Churchill Coaching & Consulting, LLC

All vendors were able to address the crowd for a couple minutes in Auditorium 1. Then, everyone had more than an hour to network and visit with Vendors before lunch which began around 11:30 a.m.

Following lunch, Chase Straw Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota, gave a talk about performance testing of sports fields and the enhancements in sensor/sampling technology. The presentation discussed how to operate current sensor/sampler technology and integrate their use into daily management practices."

Spring Workshop was Sponsored by:

Midwest Groundcover, Magicturfs, MN Sodding Co., Rainbird, Ramy Turf, Reinders Inc., Minnesota Wisconsin Playground,
St. Croix Recreation, MTI Distributing Inc., Hirshfield's Paint, The Tessman Company, Site One Landscape Supply,
Cushman Motor Co.

Gertens Wholesale and Professional Turf Supply, Rock Hard Landscape Supply, SavATree, EcoWorks Supply

Frost Inc., Equinox Environmental Products, Profile Products, Kromer Co., Superior Tech Products, Twin City Seed Company

Coffee & Donuts
Midwest Groundcover

St. Croix Recreation and Midwest Groundcover




The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association serves the entire Minnesota Park and Sports Turf industry.
The mission of the MPSTMA is to encourage the collection and dissemination of scientific, educational and applied
knowledge through association with those persons engaged in, and who are concerned with, the construction,
maintenance and use of park and sports turf areas for high quality and safe playing conditions.

Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
P. O. Box 617, Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-473-3722