March 11, 2020
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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ST. PAUL, MN 55113
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Minnesota Twins Head Groundskeeper Larry DiVito

Offering a "10 Years at Target Field" Presentation
At the March 11 MPSTMA Spring Workshop

The MPSTMA Spring Workshop is set for Wed., March 11 at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Minnesota Twins head groundskeeper Larry DiVito will give a presentation about the "First 10 Years at Target Field." Tim VanLoo, CSFM, Grounds & Facilities Manager at Iowa State will be on hand to give a talk 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 will also share experiences of lessons learned in 30 years of park work. Derek has been with the City of St. Paul since he was 15 years old and 30 years later, he never left. This will be a great, relevant presentation for those working at municipalities. Michael Richard, Mississippi State University, will share his thoughts on how to teach coaches and field users about field maintenance. Dominic Petrella, University of Minnesota, will host 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. Dominic's research is focused around turfgrass responses to environmental stresses, with particular interest in turfgrass responses to light. Specifically, as part of the turfgrass breeding program at the UMN, Dominic is working towards better understanding conditions under shade and using this information to breed better turfrgasses for shaded areas. A Roundtable is being planned for the afternoon with a focus on salt brines and pre-treating - what works and what doesn't.

The Roundtable - Member Request
The MPSTMA Spring workshop committee is in search of facilities to share their experiences with Salt Brines and Pretreating of  sidewalks, trails and parking lots.  Either send in the information or bring a few pictures/powerpoint slides to present at the Spring Workshop.  We have included some questions below as a guide.  

+ Which products do people use? (Anyone try beat juice or molasses based products?)
+ Anyone make their own or just buy the pre-mixed products?
+ What factors do you use to determine when to apply? (i.e. temperature, amount of snow forecasted)
+ When do you apply? (day before, two days...)
+ What equipment do you use?
+ How have the results been?
Please send any questions or information about the Roundtable to: [email protected].

6:30 am - Doors open

7:00 - 8:00 - Registration and Vendor Time
8:00 - 9:50 - Breakout Sessions:

Room 1
"Improving Sports Fields: Educating and Connecting with Coaches" - Michael Richard, Mississippi State University
"Mentoring the Next Gneration of Turf Managers" - Tim VanLoo, CSFM, Iowa State University

Room 2
"Understanding and Managing Turfgrass Under Shade" - Dominic Petrella, University of Minnesota
"CHS Field Winter Setup & Derek's Do's & Dont's in Pictures" - Derek Hollanitsch, City of St. Paul, and Marcus Campbell, St. Paul Saints
9:50 - 10:10  Vendor Introductions
10:10 - 11:00 Vendor Time
11:00 - 12:00  Lunch
12:00 - 12:45  "10 Years at Target Field" - Larry DiVito, Minnesota Twins / Target Field
1:00 - 2:00 pm - Roundtable: Salt Brine and / Pretreating

Registration Fee: 40.00 Member attendee and $30.00 for each additional attendee from the same facility or company

Sponsorship Opportunities
$250 Gold Sponsorship (includes tabletop, chairs, logo used in promotion and (3) three attendee admissions.)
$200 Silver Sponsorship (includes tabletop, chairs, logo used in promotion and (2) two attendee admissions.)
$150 Bronze Sponsorship (includes tabletop, chair, logo used in promotion and (1) attendee admission.)

Join these Sponsors at the MPSTMA Spring Workshop!


$40.00 1st Member

$30.00 Additional Person from Member Facility

$30.00 Additional Person from Same Facility