Game On at St. Thomas!
2018 Spring Workshop Attracts 200 Registrants
To the University of Northwestern in St. Paul
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 ni ce, hot lunch.
hour of mingling, 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."
custom, a post Workshop get together took place at Grumpy's
MPSTMA Fall Workshop is set for Wed., November 14 at the City of
Eagan Community Center. More information will be forwarded when it
becomes available. Vendors will have the opportunity to sponsor the
event with tabletop displays.
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