MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION              NOVEMBER 2016



CHRIS QUINLAN                   608.807.8964                      cquinlan@barusa.com

MPSTMA Fall Workshop at Woodbury's
Bielenberg Sports Center Draws 180+
A program focusing on safety, a later event date and a well-known sportscaster boosted attendee numbers

On a crisp, blue sky Minnesota day, more than 180 people gathered on Nov. 16 for the MPSTMA Fall Workshop which was held at Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury.

MPSTMA Commercial Vendors outdoor equipment displays greeted attendees as they arrived at the sports center. Inside, attendees enjoyed the coffee and donuts provided by St. Croix Recreation and MTI Distributing which created a festive atmosphere amongst the vendor displays.

The education portion of the workshop began at 8 a.m. with Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering, who talked about Climate Change and Plant Selection. At the same time, in another area, Paula Hildman gave a presentation on Soccer Field Safety and Field Dimensions.

At 9 a.m. Cerfified Sports Field Managers Mike McDonald, TCF Bank Stadium, and Roger Weinbrenner, University of St. Thomas gave insight on how TCF Bank Stadium was converted from a college field to a professional field for Minnesota Vikings games - sometimes on back-to-back days.

On another track at 9 a.m. Bob Clarin offered a presentation on Playground Safety and inspections and offered insight on playground equipment that may become obsolete due to safety concerns i.e. ladders.

After the morning education, members gathered for more Vendor time. Then, Woodbury host Paul Griffin, gave a history of how a farm back in 1991, and millions of dollars later, became a multi-sport super complex today named Bielenberg Sports Center.

At 11 a.m. Fall Workshop Committee Chair Ben Boeding, CSFM, introduced Keynote Speaker Joe Schmit, KSTP. Schmit gave a well-received, inspirational talk called 'Silent Impact' which focused on various people who have been and still are influential to others, just by their everyday actions.

After Schmit's keynote, Midwest Groundcover and Reinders sponsored a great, hot lunch catered by Tunnucci's.

To finish out the day, the City of Burnsville, City of St. Louis Park and the City of Eagan representatives provided presentations on mowing and the mowing equipment used in each city.

Presentations from the event:

SAFETY FIRST - PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE, Bob Clarin

LANDSCAPE AND PLANTING DESIGN FOR OUR CHANGING CLIMATE - Fred Rozulmalski

SPECIES VULERABILITY LIST - Fred Rozumalski

Roundtable Presentations:

CITY OF BURNSVILLE, MN

CITY OF EAGAN, MN

CITY OF ST. LOUIS PARK, MN


FALL WORKSHOP FEEDBACK REQUEST:
The MPSTMA Board would like feedback from those who attended. Things we are interested in are: 1) Why you attended? Was it beneficial? Did you like the speakers? And, most importantly, things that can be improved upon for future workshops.

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MPSTMA Community Service
Project Set for Spring 2017


MPSTMA Community Service Project Committee members Mike McDonald, CSFM and Ben Boeding, CSFM, met with representatives from the home field of the Hamel Hawks. The Hamel field fits in well with the capabilities of what MPSTMA volunteers can handle in one day. The CSP plans to take place in mid- to late-April. Weather will be a factor for exact day of event. Those interested in learning how to build a pitcher mound, re-build the homeplate area and various other aspects of revitalizing a baseball field should contact Mike, Ben or the MPSTMA business office.

 
UPCOMING CALENDAR


.January 12, 2017
MPSTMA ANNUAL MEETING
Minneapolis Convention Center - 10:45 a.m.
More Information

 



Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Jan. 10, 11 and 12, 2017

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Schedule at a Glance

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Questions: 651-633-4987 www.northerngreen.org

Ducks Unlimited Calendars Available

Ducks Unlimited produces 11,000 calendars sold at $60/ea.
DU gives away a gun a day (2 every Tuesday, 417 total) plus 4 Polaris ATV's. Includes a 1-year DU membership. Winning tickets are returned to the drum - you can win more than once.

Anyone interested in a calendar should contact Mike Hoffman at 651-248-7218 or
mike.hoffman@ci.lino-lakes.mn.us

Northern Green Workshop:
Current and Emerging Tree Pests
Providing the latest information on tree pest issues.
Hosted by the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation

Tuesday, Jan. 10

9:00 a.m. 
Emerald Ash Borer Update:
Where is it Now? How Bad? What is the Future?
Mark Abrahamson, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture

10:00 a.m.
Asian Longhorn Beetle and Other Insects on the Horizon
Gretchen Pettis, Bartlett Tree

11:00 a.m.
Risk Factor: When Ash Trees Die and Fall Apart
Mike Dye, S & S Tree Service

1:00 a.m.
What is the Best Way to Treat Ash Trees?
Best Management Practices
Rich Hauer, Ph.D. Professor of Urban Forestry,
University of Wisconsin / Stevens Point

2:00 p.m.
Donít Hate Me for not Recommending Your Favorite Tree
Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota

3:00 p.m.
Gravel Beds: Future Production Methods to Maximize
Your Dollar and Other Containment Methods
Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota

Go to.
www.northerngreen.org to register.
3-day Pass required.

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CHRIS QUINLAN                   608.807.8964                      cquinlan@barusa.com

 

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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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