THE TESSMAN COMPANY
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

MPSTMA CONTACTS:

Mark Poppitz        Tom Thul        Jeff Jensen
651-487-3850

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     MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION                                                                             APRIL 2017

TAKES PLACE IN 1 WEEK
Community Service Project
Set Wed., April 26 in Hamel


The MPSTMA Community Service Project will take place on April 26 at Paul Fortin Memorial Field in Hamel. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this hands-on renovation. This is a great way to give back to a community. They say, "the whole town of Hamel used to watch their Town Team play baseball every Sunday on this field." To volunteer or donate supplies or equipment, contact Mike McDonald or the MPSTMA office.
Town & Country Fence
Open House Set June 6

MPSTMA members are invited to attend an Open House at Town & Country Fence in Brooklyn Park on Tues., June 6. This event gets bigger each year as MPSTMA and MASMS members gather for networking and a great lunch. A variety of vendors are present with tabletop displays under a tent in Town & Country Fence's back lot. More information about this event will be forwarded. If you would like to host a "Network Picnic" contact the MPSTMA office. Registration information available soon.



UPCOMING EVENTS


Wed., April 26
MPSTMA Community Service Project
Paul Fortin Memorial Field, Hamel, MN
More Information


Tues., June 6
Town & Country Fence Open House
Brooklyn Park

Wed., June 14
MPSTMA Tour on Rails
U.S. Bank Stadium and CHS Field

Thurs., June 15
MNLA/MTGF Lawncare Forum
REGISTRATION FORM

MPSTMA TOUR ON 'RAILS' SET JUNE 14 - Destinations
Are U.S. Bank Stadium, Central Park and CHS Field 

 
The MPSTMA Tour on Rails is set for Wed., June 14, 2017. The Tour will begin at CHS Field in St. Paul at a parking lot close to CHS Field and a 6-block walk to the Union Station. Members will board the Metro Green Line Light Rail at 8 a.m. after gathering in the 7 o'clock hour for coffee and donuts. The tour will arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium at 8:45 a.m. for a tour of the new facility. After the U.S. Bank Stadium tour, members will check out the work of Peterson Companies in the 2-block, Central Park area. At 11 a.m. people will board the Metro Green Line Light Rail and head back to CHS Field to tailgate before a 1:00 p.m. Saints baseball game.

Light Rail ticket, baseball game ticket, pop, water, hot dogs, brats and chips will be provided by the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association.

MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER
       METRO GREEN LINE / LIGHT RAIL SCHEDULE


PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM FOR TOUR ON RAILS
  

192 Attend Spring Workshop
At University of Northwestern


On March 8, more than 190 MPSTMA members and guests gathered at the University of Northwestern ON March 8 for the annual MPSTMA Spring Workshop. Speakers for the event included: Sam Bauer, UM Turfgrass Extension; Coby Schmucker, DuraEdge; Bryan Zlimen, Zlimen & McGuiness, and Tim Van Loo, Iowa State and current STMA president. Members also gave presentations on projects and innovations of theirs. The workshop was made possible by great vendor support. The following companies sponsored this year's event:

Gold Sponsors: MTI Distributing Inc., Reinders Inc., The Tessman Company/Barenbrug, Minnesota Sodding Company, Shwaders Sports Turf Management, Cushman Motor Company, SiteOne and Midwest Groundcover.

Silver Sponsors: Titan Machinery, Superior Tech Products, Gertens Wholesale / Professional Turf Products, Hunter and Rain Bird.

Bronze Sponsors: St. Croix Recreation Fun Playgrounds, Inc., Frost Services, DH Athletics, Eco Works Supply, Pioneer Athletics, D. Ervasti Sales Co., LLC, Twin City Seed Company, Fleet US, Kromer Co. and Hirshfields Paint Manufacturing

Lunch Sponsor: Farmers Mill & Elevator / FMX Turf

Coffee & Doughnut Sponsor: Midwest Groundcover

The MPSTMA would also like to thank the hosts from the University of Northwestern which include MPSTMA members Jeff Hintz, Tim Kelson and J.T. Fenton. Kudos to the Spring Workshop Committee, too, for putting together a solid lineup of speakers and helping make sure all the little things were taken care of.

MNLA/MTGF
LAWN CARE FORUM
JUNE 15
 
Featuring: Dr. Eric Watkins,
Dr. Brian Horgan, Sam Bauer,
Jonas Reyes, Jon Trappe 
and Andy Hollman

 
REGISTRATION FORM

MPSTMA SEEKS VENUES
FOR NETWORK PICNICS


The MPSTMA always seeks venues to get members together for 2-hour (11 am - 1pm)Network Picnics. In the past, these "free" events attract about 40 people and include lunch. MPSTMA will fund lunch unless the picnic take place at a Commercial Member's site. Then, the MPSTMA asks for the vendor to provide lunch.

The month's of May, August, September and October are preferred for Network Picnics so the event is not scheduled close to another MPSTMA event.

If you've completed a new project or have a new building, host a quick 2-hour picnic and let other members see what can be done.

If you would like to host a Network Picnic, notify the MPSTMA office, Network Picnic Chair Amy Howard or any Director on the MPSTMA Board.
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Winter Pruning Workshops Focus on Tree Preservation From Planting to Maturity

By CHAD GIBLIN
Department of Forest Resources - University of Minnesota

READ ARTICLE

MPSTMA MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT

MATT GROSJEAN
2017 MPSTMA VICE PRESIDENT
University of Minnesota

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THE TESSMAN COMPANY
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

MPSTMA CONTACTS:
Mark Poppitz        Tom Thul        Jeff Jensen
651-487-3850

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Past Issues of Ground Level News by MPSTMA

March 2016    April 2016
    May 2016    June 2016     July 2016    August 2016    September 2016    October 2016    November 2016

February 2017    March 2017
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The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
is an Allied Association of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds
Foundation. All members of MPSTMA are members of MTGF. 
 

The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
is an Affiliate Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association
of America. Individuals must pay dues to be a member of STMA.

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