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.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES (as of July 16)
Minnesota Sodding Company
Tom Rudberg CSFM, Ben Boeding CSFM, Cody Gustafson, Garry Loufek
Cushman Motor Company
Property Props / Slat Trax
Laura MacLean, Gary Ringus
Eco Works Supply,
Jim O’Neill, Doug Daniel, Scott Patterson, Geoff Jordan
Redexim Turf Products
Superior Tech Products
Joel Jakubowski, Melissa Carte
Minnesota Equipment, Inc.
MTI Distributing, Inc.
Bill Brookhart, Bob Frank, Larry Gorman, Ruth Milks
Kevin Knauss, Brandon Young, Jeff Latterell, Don Lubrecht
Environmental Agronomics Mike Kelly
TURFCO Manufacturing Greg Brodd
+ 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
hour of networking, the group had a choice of two breakout sessions to
sessions took place in two auditoriums:
"Playground Maintenance" - Tom Norquist, PlayCore
"Web-based Irrigation Systems" - Jim Ruzicka, Mainline Consulting
"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 &
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
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
SavATree, EcoWorks Supply
Frost Inc., Equinox Environmental Products, Profile Products,
Superior Tech Products, Twin City Seed Company
St. Croix Recreation and Midwest Groundcover