Upcoming Events

Wed., August 19
Community Service Project
Legion Field
Buffalo, MN

Thurs., August 27
Lawn and Turf Care Field Trip
TPC Twin Cities and KLM Farms
Blaine, MN

Wed., November 18

MPSTMA Fall Workshop
Brackett's Crossing CC
Lakeville, MN

Friday, November 20
Pesticide ReCertification

New Brighton Community Center

Thurs., January 14, 2021
MPSTMA Courtesy Breakfast
Key's Cafe & Bakery
Minneapolis, MN

Thurs., January 14, 2021
MPSTMA Annual Meeting
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN


Welcome to the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association!

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. 

Community Service Project Set for August 19
At Legion Field in Buffalo;
Volunteers Needed!

The MPSTMA Community Service Project is set for August 19 at Legion Field in Buffalo and volunteers, supplies and equipment are needed. To volunteer, go to https://mpstma.org/meetinginfo.php . If you have supplies or equipment that can be used to renovate a baseball field, please contact Mike McDonald, CSFM, at [email protected].

Every year, MPSTMA certified sports field managers choose a field to renovate as a Community Service Project. For a field to be eligible, you must apply! Go to the CSP tab on this website for more information. Last fall, on September 25, more than 30 people volunteered their time and efforts at this year's MPSTMA Community Service Project at Memorial Field in Osseo. A special thanks to our participating vendors. Without their help and equipment, not nearly as much would have been accomplished. Tom Groh and his staff from Minnesota Sodding Company went beyond what was expected. Steve Berg, Berg Turf, was also a tremendous asset.

More photos and information about the annual Community Service Project at: https://mpstma.org/Community_Service_Project

Simeon, Brodd, Gustafson and McDonald Capture 2020 MPSTMA Scramble Title at Royal Golf Club

The 1st Annual MPSTMA Scramble at Royal Golf Club fielded ten, 4-person teams on July 16 at the beautiful Lake Elmo site. Winning by five strokes, with the help of a couple of eagles, at 14-under-par and a score of 58 was the team of Dave Simeon, Magicturfs/Town & Country Landscaping; Gregg Brodd, Turfco Manufacturing; Cody Gustafson, Turfix, and Mike McDonald, CSFM, recently retired from TCF Bank Stadium. A team of MTI Distributing representatives finished second at 63. The MTI team included Bob Frank, Larry Gorman, Joe Buegge and Tim Fleegel. Third place finishers at 7-under par was a City of Lakeville team comprised of Brandon Oppelt, Jeff Vinkemeieer, Mark Roschen and Tom Weiss. A big winner was Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation Board Member Tom Redmann, pictured on the right above, who had the best shot of the day on MTI's Closest-to-the-Pin contest on Hole No. 4 and won a 21-inch Toro lawn mower. Pictured with Redmann is Jim O'Neill, Eco Works Supply and a tournament sponsor, looking on. Pictured left above is the winning team. Seated on the left is McDonald and on the right is Simeon. Standing on the left is Brodd and on the right is Gustafson. The day was a fun success. Blue skies and happy golfers. Special thanks to Head Golf Pro Kent Blaschko and Course Superintendent Mike Sonnek for helping us produce a first-class day.

MPSTMA thanks our golf tournament  sponsors for their support and participation!

2020 MPSTMA Fall Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 18

Nice Crowd in Lakeville at the 2019 Fall Workshop. Pictured is former MPSTMA President Josh Gerth, CSFM, Bethel University, with Keynote Speaker Glen Mason, former Golden Gopher Football Coach and currently serves as an analyst with the Big Ten Network

he MPSTMA Fall Workshop is scheduled for November 18 at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville.. Last fall the Workshop also took place at Brackett's Crossing Country Club and attracted 203 registrants. The Workshop featured speakers on relevant topics for Park Supervisors, Sports Turf Managers and their staffs. Commercial members provided tabletop displays of their products, equipment and services. The Workshop began at 7 am with an hour of socializing and networking with peers and vendors along with a Continental Breakfast sponsored by St. Croix Recreation, Superior Tech Products and Midwest Groundcover Express Blower Service. The trio of companies also helped sponsor lunch. In the main ballroom, Travis Gannon, North Carolina State University offered a webinar focusing on the use of pesticide on athletic fields. At the same time, in the Pearl Room, Joel Muller, League of Minnesota Cities gave a talk about onboarding and training new staff. After those sessions, the ballroom featured a Minnesota State Patrol Officer updating the audience on new roadway laws and roadway safety. Joe Churchill spoke about a proactive approach to high performing ball field maintenance, at the same time in the Pearl Room. A mid-morning break to spend time with peers and vendors took place before lunch. After lunch, Nick Ryan, Assistant Superintendent at Brackett's Crossing, talked about the massive resodding and course renovation that took place at Brackett's Crossing during 2019. Keynote Speaker Glen Mason entertained the audience with stories about his Golden Gopher days as a coach and a question/answer session. To wrap things up, Mark Kruse and Mac Cafferty, both from the City of Lakeville talked about the Lakeville's case study: Low Grow, Low Input fescue. Discussion followed. After the event, a number of people ventured to Rock Hard Landscape Supply's social hour at their new yard in Farmington.

Let's Re-Open the Conversation about COVID-19

As I am sure is the case with everyone, I find myself trying to navigate through the new COVID-19 world we are experiencing.  It seems that information is changing and being updated almost hourly.  As an organization, following social distancing guidelines we will be suspending our in-person board meetings opting to hold them virtually for now.  - Paul Miskimen, City of Burnsville and MPSTMA President.

We are looking for a way for members to share information on how their organizations are handing the COVID-19 response.  We have members from across a wide range of organizations and I think there would be benefits to having ideas shared.  We set up a blog at: https://mpstma.org/blog/COVID-19 on the MPSTMA website where you can post questions you have about how others are handling something or give details on different work practices you have instituted.  As an example, here in Burnsville we have shut down all spring athletic programs, water features, shelter rentals and recreation programs.  We have also suspended hiring of any seasonal staff.  Are others having a similar response?  What do maintenance practices look like on athletic fields that are not being used?  Please access the blog, I hope you find it a useful resource.

MPSTMA Spring Workshop Able to Take Place in March
Hours before State Lockdown for Coronavirus Issue

Marcus Campbell, CHS Field/St. Paul Saints speaking in left photo, and Larry Divito, Target Field/Minnesota Twins, right photo, both addressed nice audiences at the MPSTMA Spring Workshop on March 11 where more than 230 registered for the event.

The MPSTMA Spring Workshop took place on March 11 at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Fortunately, the event took place 48 hours before Governor Walz put a "shelter in place" mandate for MInnesotans where no more than 10 people can gather. The MPSTMA had its biggest crowd and vendor support as more than 230 registered and 26 companies participated. The event annually sets up MPSTMA financially for the year. We were lucky. Minnesota Twins head groundskeeper Larry DiVito keynoted the event with a presentation on his first 10 years at Target Field."  Tim VanLoo, CSFM, Grounds & Facilities Manager at Iowa State talked about "Mentoring the Next Generation of Turf Managers."  Derek Hollanitsch, City of St. Paul, and Marcus Campbell, CHS Field,  put together a presentation and video documentary of the winter setup of a hockey rink and slide at CHS Field in St. Paul. The presentation shared experiences of lessons learned in 30 years of park work. Michael Richard, Mississippi State University, performed a webinar on how to teach coaches and field users about field maintenance. Dominic Petrella, University of Minnesota, hosted a session titled: "Understanding and Managing Turfgrasses Under Shade." Dominic is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota working in the turfgrass science group with Dr. Eric Watkins. A Roundtable on salt brines and pre-treating - what works and what doesn't took place after the Keynote.

Sponsor Opportunities
The MPSTMA annually holds events throughout the calendar year that seeks sponsorship and participation from our Commercial Members. The annual events include our Spring Workshop, Tour-on-Wheels, Demo Day, Community Service Project, Chapter Clash and Fall Workshop. Please click the link below if you would like to sponsor any of our events.

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