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FREE EVENT!
MPSTMA DEMO DAY SET JULY 25
NATIONAL SPORTS CENTER

The 1st MPSTMA Demo Day is set for Wed., July 25 at the National Sports Center in Blaine from 9am – 1pm.
The Demo’s will take place on the National Sports Center soccer fields – both natural grass and synthetic turf.

FREE EVENT AND FREE LUNCH
MPSTMA Demo Day is a free event for MPSTMA members and co-workers to attend.
Note: The event is free to MPSTMA and MASMS members and co-workers but everyone still must pre-register because lunch is included.
Walk ups are fine but might not get a lunch.

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES (as of July 16)
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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

To pre-register > www.mpstma.org/event_signup.htm

Minnesota Wins 19-year-old Chapter Clash Trophy in Rain-Shortened
Golf Tournament Against Iowa And Wisconsin in La Crosse

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 a great lunch under the awnings of the pro shop while it rained.

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

Most everyone stayed the night in La Crosse. The next day, the group met at the University of La Crosse to tour the track and sports fields and maintenance facility.











 


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:

GOLD
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.

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

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


Coffee & Donuts
Midwest Groundcover

Lunch
St. Croix Recreation and Midwest Groundcover

 























 



MISSION STATEMENT


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