Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 16
Royal Golf Club
Lake Elmo, MN
2 spots remaining.

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

Wed., November 18

MPSTMA Fall Workshop
Brackett's Crossing CC
Lakeville, MN

Friday, November 20
MTGF / MNLA Pesticide ReCertification
Site to be determined.

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. 

MPSTMA July 16 Golf Tee Times
Will Now Begin at 10:30 am

On Thursday, July 16, the MPSTMA has secured tee times at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo. The format is a Team Scramble event. Teams will consist of 2, 3 or 4 players depending on amount of entries. Please note that MPSTMA has a limited amount of available spots at the $59 dollar price which includes a cart, hot dog, chips and a beverage. All players will tee off at 10:30 am in a shotgun format.

For those of you unfamiliar with Royal Golf Club, this is a course that Arnold Palmer and Annika Sorenstam re-created from the formerly known 3M Tartan Park Golf Course.

Commercial members have sponsorship opportunities.
1. Par 3 Closest-to-the-Pin Hole - $100 (4 available)
2. Long Drive - $100  (1 available)
3. Long Putt - $100 (1 available)
4. Lunch - $100 (unlimited)

If you plan to play, please register today!

Log in as a member and register at: https://mpstma.org/meetinginfo.php

By registering, we can get a handle on interest.
Our Iowa and Wisconsin friends are also invited.

Fairways and Greens!

A COVID-19 Message from MPSTMA President Paul Miskimen

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.  Our next meeting is scheduled for April 1st, I will give more details as the logistics are figured out and how to have interested members join in. 

I am also 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.

This is definitely a strange time we are in, make sure to keep connected with others and please reach out if there is anything you feel this organization can help with.

Paul Miskimen
Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association

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 and Marcus Campbell, City of St. Paul, have put together a presentation and video on 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.

Paul Miskimen Takes Reigns as President at 2020 MPSTMA Annual Meeting
Paul Miskimen, City of Burnsville, is the new President of the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association for 2020. Miskimen takes over for Josh Gerth, CSFM, Bethel University, who moves into the Past President position on the Board. Miskimen accepted the role at this year's MPSTMA Annual Meeting on January 16th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Others elected to the Board: Reid Johnson, CSFM, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, is the new Vice President. The elected General Membership Representative is Derek Hollanitsch, City of St. Paul; Paul Kubista, Twin City Seed Company is now a Commercial Member Representative, and Sam Bauer, BauerTurf LLC, is a MTGF Representative. Other members staying on the Board are: Mark Kruse, City of Lakeville, General Member Representative; Tom Thul, The Tessman Company, Commercial Member Representative, and Paul Griffin, City of Woodbury, MTGF Representative. Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company (MSC), remains Treasurer. Out-going Board Members include: Past President Matt Grosjean, CSFM, ISD #179; Commercial Member Representative Larry Gorman, MTI Distributing Inc., and MTGF Representative Joe Churchill, Reinders Inc. Reid Johnson, CSFM, moves from General Member Representative to Vice President.

Kruse, Leivermann Achieve CSFM Status
Recognizing the importance of fostering and improving professionalism within the sports turf industry, the Sports Turf Managers Association developed the Certified Sports Field Manager certification program. The Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) program validates the professionalism and the continuing commitment of those who are certified to be the best that they can be. In 2019, 20 sports field managers achieved the CSFM designation including two from Minnesota: Mark Kruse, City of Lakeville, and Bruce Leivermann, Minnesota State University @ Mankato. If you are not already a Certified Sports Field Manager, consider taking the steps to become certified. Contact STMA Headquarters, ph. 800-323-3875, to receive the information you need to start the process.

MPSTMA Fall Workshop Attracts 203 to Brackett's Crossing CC

Nice Crowd in Lakeville at the 2019 Fall Workshop. Pictured is 2019 President Josh Gerth, CSFM, Bethel University, with Keynote Speaker Glen Mason. 

The MPSTMA Fall Workshop took place on Nov. 13 at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville and had 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.

Osseo Field Gets Renovated by MPSTMA!
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

Volunteers included:
1. Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium
2. Ben Boeding, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company
3. Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company
4. Tom Groh, Minnesota Sodding Company
5. Tom Rudberg, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company
6. Kent Harris, Minnesota Sodding Company
7. Steve Berg, CSFM, Berg Turf
8. Joshua Gerth, CSFM, Bethel University
9. Dillon Crum, Bethel University
10 Tim Anderson, Bethel University
11 Larry Gorman, MTI Distributing Company
12. Terry Young, MTI Distributing Company
13. Bob Frank, MTI Distributing Company
14. Reid Johnson, CSFM, St. Paul Academy & Summit School
15. Matt Grosjean, CSFM, ISD #197
16. Tom Thul, The Tessman Company
17. Tom O'hern, Pioneer Athletics
18. Mike Kelly, Twin City Seed Company / Environmental Agrinomics
19. Mark Kruse, CSFM, City of Lakeville
20 Joe Bronk, City of Lakeville
21 Mark Roschton, City of Lakeville
22. Chase Straw, University of Minnesota
23. Tom Shaw, ISD #279
24. Tyler Moseng, ISD #279
25. Jesse Phenow, ISD #279
26. Mark Klimer, ISD #279
27. Jesse Phenow, ISD #279
28. Bob Anderson, City of Osseo
29. Scott Bernardson, City of Osseo
30 T. J. Mattson, City of Osseo
31 Jeff Wolff, Osseo Baseball Parent
32 Greg Nimms, Osseo Baseball Parent
33. Joe Lavin, Osseo Baseball Coach / Teacher
34. Bill Quan, Osseo Schools Activities Coordinator
35. Jeff Turtinen, MPSTMA
++ a number of kids who will be using the field!

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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