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Vol. 5, No. 1

Spring 2015

Park& SportsTurf MINNESOTA

MANAGERS ASSOCIATION NEWS

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION

TOUR-ON-WHEELS TO VISIT THE NEW HOME OF THE ST. PAUL SAINTS ON JUNE 10


PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

An Invitation for Involvement

MPSTMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS

By BEN BOEDING, CSFM

PRESIDENT BEN BOEDING, CSFM City of Eagan ben.boeding@gmail.com

MPSTMA PRESIDENT

I would like to extend an open invitation to all current and hopefully future members to take an opportunity to expand your personal and professional involvement in our great association. I am continually impressed by the individuals and this group’s vast knowledge in all facets of management from parks and recreation, colleges and universities, and school districts and the supporting vendors to all of these groups. It becomes more apparent every time conversations are had at our workshops and events, as well as in the board meetings and personal interactions I’ve had with different individuals. I started out in this association attending conferences for the subject material and over a few years found great resources in the members who have shared information openly and would strongly encourage all members to do likewise. I started down the path of involvement when I inquired about certification with Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, at the Toro Shakopee tour and have been continually more involved since. Opportunities to work for Mike McDonald at TCF Bank Stadium, attending the 2013 National Show in San Antonio with a large group representing Minnesota, and being nominated with some friendly encouragement from others, has led to me writing this very article. Our Spring Workshop was a great success with many additional opportunities for involvement on our event calendar. The upcoming MPSTMA schedule: s Network Picnic at Town & Country Fence on June 9 s Tour-on-Wheels on June 10 s Chapter Clash vs Iowa in Ames, July 17-18th s Fall Workshop, September 16 @ St Louis Park Rec Center s Community Service Project (site and date to be determined) Please take advantage of these events and do not hesitate to contact the MPSTMA office with questions or concerns as we are here for you and your organizations. I hope this finds you prepared for the upcoming rush of spring and look forward to seeing many of you throughout the coming year at events.

VICE PRESIDENT JAY STADLER Carleton College jstadler@carleton.edu TREASURER ROGER WEINBRENNER, CSFM University of St. Thomas reweinbrenne@stthomas.edu PAST PRESIDENT BEN WALLIN NationalSports Center bwallin@nscsports.com DIRECTORS GENERAL DIRECTOR LOWELL LUEBECK City of Plymouth lluebeck@plymouthmn.gov GENERAL DIRECTOR JERRY JACOBSON The Blake Schools jjacobsen@theblakeschools.com

Best Wishes,

Ben Boeding

Ben Boeding, CSFM President Minnesota Parks and Sports Turf Association

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MPSTMA Tour-On-Wheels Set to Visit Baker Park, Twins and Saints Venues You are invited to attend the MPSTMA Tour-onWheels on Wed., June 10. An great tour is planned with stops at two professional baseball stadiums along with Baker Park, a Three Rivers Park District venue located in Plymouth. The tour begins at 8:oo a.m. at CHS Field in lowertown St. Paul, the brand new home of the St. Paul Saints Baseball Club. The group will then move on to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. The stadium stops will discuss sustainability - stormwater management at their facilities along with some maintenance techniques used on their fields. At Baker Park, discussions will be about sustainability, waste management and public communication strategies. Also, there will be information about their forestry departments EAB (emerald ash borer) plan. The busload will then make its way back to CHS Field and attendees will have an option to take in a Saints baseball game that evening. The game requires an additional fee for tickets. The tickets range from $6 - $18.00.

BRAND NEW CHS FIELD, home of the St. Paul Saints baseball club, will be the initial stop for the MPSTMA Tour-on-Wheels on June 10. Limited seats are on the bus so sign up early. If the bus gets full, you are still welcome to attend by driving your own vehicle.

Zero Waste Lunch Reinders will sponsor the Tour-onWheels lunch at Baker Park at 12:00 noon. We will attempt to have this a zero waste lunch! Three Rivers 'specializes' in providing a Zero Waste meal option. This will be a great take-away for attendees from the Tour. A zero waste event produces less than one ounce of trash per person. We will reduce the amount of natural resources that are used by making careful choices before, during, and after the event to reduce our impact on the environment. We will use reusable items whenever possible and recycle/compost the rest. The key things are to stay away from Styrofoam, plastic serving ware, and other materials that have to go into the trash container. You are encouraged to sign up early for this event due to limited seating on the bus. Registration forms will be emailed to the membership and will also be available at www.mpstma.org. SPRING 2015

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Building and Maintaining Successful Playing Surfaces for Sports Fields Whether you are designing a brand new facility or renovating an old field, the following information provides facts and advice for building and maintaining a successful playing surface. Construction Construction of a new playing surface involves installing drainage and irrigation, choosing a rootzone, and establishing a turf species. Whether constructing a brand new surface or renovating an existing surface, it is important to meet safety and design specifications. ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. ASTM's leadership in international standards development is driven by the contributions of its members: more than 30,000 of the world's top technical experts and business professionals representing 150 countries. Working in an open and transparent process and using ASTM's advanced electronic infrastructure, ASTM members deliver the test methods, specifications, guides, and practices that support industries and governments worldwide. Reconstruction Reconstruction of a field usually involves adjusting the grade. Determining what the entire field needs before starting a project can sometimes save a lot of time and money. The field may only need minor repairs to adjust the grade or complete reconstruction. The most accurate way to determine the correct grade is to survey the field. On any field, elevation adjustments should begin at the highest point of the crown. For example, when reconstructing a baseball field, elevation adjustments should always begin between the pitcher’s mound and home plate, then work out to the baselines, the rest of the skinned area and finally the outfield. This will eliminate any possibility of a slope towards the infield, or the middle of any field. If soil needs to be added to adjust the grade, the soil being added must match the existing soil as closely as possible. Otherwise, layering and drainage problems could result. Common methods to regrade include removing the sod and adding soil or removing the sod and topsoil, adjusting the subsoil to the correct grade, then replacing the topsoil and sod. SPRING 2015

Renovation Field renovation is the process of restoring a field to its original condition after undergoing the stress of a competitive season. Once the season ends, it is good to renovate and then allow two to four weeks for recovery. Although renovation typically does not involve soil addition or removal for grading purposes, it is a good time to consider recrowning a field if necessary. In baseball, renovation techniques include deep tilling of the skinned area, adding soil for drainage, seeding and sodding and lip removal. In football, rugby, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, renovation techniques include aggressive aeration, filling in low spots, topdressing, and seeding, sprigging, plugging and/or sodding. In the north, it is beneficial to seed in the late fall, which is called dormant seeding. This way, in the spring, there will be optimum seed germination. In the south, it is best to seed in the spring to prevent cold temperature injury to Bermudagrass seed. Soccer, hockey and lacrosse require additional attention to the goal mouth areas as they become extremely worn and compacted. The soil needs to be broken up, regraded to match the rest of the field, then seeded or sodded. Croquet court renovation techniques include aerating and topdressing. Renovation on nonporous tennis courts includes repainting and sealing cracks. On clay and fast dry courts, the surface should be loosened, leveled and topdressed once per year. On grass courts, aeration, topdressing, and leveling are necessary for the best performance. Renovation to all weather track surfaces includes cleaning and line painting. Sometimes they need to be resurfaced, but this should only take place every 4-7 years. Cinder tracks require the addition of cinders once a year.

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Spring Maintenance Tips for Sports Fields Your turf survived the long, hard winter and now it is time to get your field ready for play again. Hopefully, you prepared your field for the winter during the fall and you are heading into the spring with a strong, healthy turf stand. Even if your field is not in the condition you want it to be at the beginning of spring, there are things you can do to get it ready for the beginning of the new season. Here are some tips to get your field looking great. HAVE A PLAN • Be prepared. Take time to plan out your maintenance schedule. • Take a soil sample and send it to your local testing facility (most universities can test your soil). You will get a report back with fertilizer recommendations that you can use to set up your fertilizer program. You will also find out if you need to correct your soil pH. • Be sure to have all equipment, seed and fertilizers on hand before they are needed. • Get ready to battle Mother Nature. Spring rains can create water-logged fields. Make sure all of your baseball tarps are in good condition and explain the consequences of playing on a saturated field to the coaches, administrators, parents, and players. CSFM PROGRAM Having recognized the importance of fostering and improving professionalism within the sports turf industry, STMA has developed a certification program for sports turf managers. Attaining the Certified Sports Field Manager status means you will be looked upon as a leader in the industry. It will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment and it can even improve your current or future employment prospects. Becoming a CSFM is meant to challenge your knowledge of managing sports fields and to draw upon all aspects of your background in education and experience to prove that you are one of the best in the industry. Meeting the challenge can contribute to your professional advancement in sports field management. Go to www.stma.org for more information and a CSFM application form. 6 MPSTMA NEWS

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Advice on Soliciting Bids on Equipment Soliciting bids on to review what’s avail“A manufacturer or supplier may have equipment doesn’t have able and determine to be a daunting which contract is the multiple contracts with different agencies process. In fact, somebest fit with your criteand organizations, so it’s up to you to review one may have already ria for a well-competed what’s available and determine which contract process. done much of the work is the best fit with your criteria for a for you. Many state, local and regional conGETTING well-competed process.” tracts allow other buySTARTED ers to “piggyback” on them to make purchases, which can make procurement You can determine what products offer you the best simpler and easier. And with recent cutbacks in labor — value and ask your local distributor what contracts are not to mention the work involved in the bid process — available. Many cooperatives’ websites post the solicitation public procurement departments are embracing the use of documents, so you can view the Request for Proposal, the existing contracts now more than ever. criteria for awarding the contract, if there was a best and final offer, and other details. WHY USE PURCHASING CONTRACTS? In addition, be sure to look at what the price includes. Does it include setup and delivery? Are there any volume incentives in the contract? Does it offer financing? Service The reason behind government contracts is simple: contracts? Used equipment? time, convenience and leveraging buying power. They You should also check if you have used that cooperative streamline the procurement process. Here are a few advanbefore to buy other products, such as office supplies. If so, tages of buying off an existing contract: you may not have to re-vet the contract — another step • Avoid duplication of effort. Rather than having to get saved. bids every time you need to make a purchase, you can just - Courtesy of Daily News, March 2015 use the contract number and buy the item. The sources, pricing and terms have already been vetted. • They’re often good for multiple years. Most state contracts are multi-year agreements, so purchases don’t have to be rebid for several years. • They shorten your cycle time. If you’re approaching 507-327-8173 the end of a fiscal year with budget dollars to spend, an dave@dhathletics.com existing contract lets you buy equipment quickly so you can be invoiced and take delivery on time. • You can buy exactly what you need. Existing contracts ♦ Diamond Dry, Custom Dugout Covers let you buy the specific product you have determined is the ♦ Carron and Douglas Sports Nets, Custom Netting best value for your needs instead of settling for a product ♦ Portable Mounds from Portolite and True Pitch, that met generic bid specifications but may not last or per♦ Porta Flex- Portable Fencing Systems form as well. ♦ Bases, Homeplates, Pitching Rubbers from Bolco, Hollywood, and Mag Base Magnetic Base Systems ♦ Mound Covers, Field Maintenance Supplies WHO CAN USE CONTRACTS? ♦ Aerosol Field Paints ♦ Turf Mats for Baseball and Softball Depending on your local legislation and the terms of the ♦ Soccer, Hockey, Basketball Goals and Nets agreement, you may be able to take advantage of a contract ♦ Plus many other field and court supplies. from another state or municipality. State contracts are Check out our web site www.dhathletics.com usually set up to allow any tax-supported entity within the state to utilize the contract — not just the agency or department that holds the agreement. In addition, there are several national cooperative purchasing organizations, such as the National IPA, TCPN or WSCA-NASPO that work with cities, counties, states, educational institutions, nonprofits and more. Some of these organizations allow other entities to use their contracts if they join the cooperYour Source for all Athletic Field and Court ative. Supplies A manufacturer or supplier may have multiple contracts with different agencies and organizations, so it’s up to you SPRING 2015

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Spring is Here - Protect Our Planet! Spring is here! It's more important than ever to protect our planet and there are many ways you can help in your own community: • Start composting • Decrease your carbon footprint • Buy local produce • Stop using disposable plastic • Help combat deforestation by planting a tree In Minnesota, one of the biggest environmental issues facing trees is Emerald Ash Borer. There are one billion ash trees in Minnesota and Emerald Ash Borer is a threat to them all. In addition, storms, pests and development cause the loss of thousands more trees annually all around the world, so the need to plant trees is greater than ever. As an environmental organization, Tree Trust is increasing efforts to expand the urban tree canopy in the Twin Cities through community plantings and our

PRUNING WORKSHOP. Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota, pictured above in yellow helmet, organized a MTGF-sponsored Pruning Workshop at Midland Hills Country Club in early April. Many MPSTMA members attended this informative, hands-on, seminar. Gertens and A.M. Leonard, Inc. also helped sponsor the event.

“When’s the best time to plant a tree? 20 years ago. When is the second best time? TODAY!” annual tree sales, which expanded to two more cities this year. You can help continue these efforts by volunteering at our plantings and more importantly, purchasing a tree. If you live in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park or Lino Lakes

and have yet to purchase a tree, there are still some species available. If you live outside of these communities, check with your city's forestry department to see if they have a city tree sale. There are many tree sales beginning this month across the metro area. For more information on our tree sales and community forestry programs, please visit http://treetrust.org/programs/community-forestry/ Always remember,“When’s the best time to plant a tree? 20 years ago. When is the second best time? TODAY!” - Courtesy Tree Trust

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MTGF Donates $110,000 For University of Minnesota Turf and Grounds Research The MPSTMA is an allied association of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) which makes every MPSTMA member a member of MTGF, too. The foundation annually gives dollars for MTGF-sponsored research. And, since 1993 has donated over $1,000,000. This year, the MTGF donated $110,ooo towards turf and grounds research. TROE Center received $70,000 for operation costs and a new vehicle. Other donations include $20,000 for University of Minnesota Dutch Elm Disease research; $10,000 to a group from the University of Minnesota Crookston Branch on emissions of greenhouse gases, and $10,000 for the third of three installments for a University of Minnesota startup position for Dr. Angela Orshinsky. Paul Griffin, City of Woodbury, was elected president of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Founation at a MTGF Board Meeting held at the University of Minnesota on January 22.

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NATIONAL BOWLING CHAMPIONS FROM MINNESOTA

A TEAM OF MPSTMA MEMBERS won the bowling tournament at the National Sports Turf Managers Association Conference in Denver, Colo., this past January. Listed from left to right in back row were: Matt Ring, TerraMax; Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium; Ben Wallin, National Sports Center; Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, University of St. Thomas, and Greg Brodd, Turfco Manufacturing. Kneeling in front is Nick Baker, CHS Field/St. Paul Saints. Baker will host a stop for the MPSTMA Tour-on-Wheels on June 10. This is an opportunity to see the brand-new stadium for the St. Paul Saints Baseball Club. McDonald, anchored the bowling team by rolling the 2nd and 3rd highest bowling scores in the tournament.

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MPSTMA CALENDAR NETWORK PICNIC JUNE 9

MPSTMA FALL WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

MPSTMA members are invited to attend the June 9 network picnic at Town & Country Fence in Brooklyn Park. This is an opportunity to enjoy a few hours during mid-day networking and visiting with fellow park and sports turf managers. Lunch is included. There is no cost for this event. MPSTMA TOUR-ON-WHEELS JUNE 10

A day of education, networking, quality speakers and an opportunity to see and demo the latest in sports turf maintenance equipment for both natural and synthetic turf. This year’s event will take place at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Tabletop displays and Equipment demo opportunities are available for vendors.

MPSTMA member will travel by bus to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins; St. Paul Saints new stadium in St. Paul, and a venue provided by the Three Rivers Park District. CHAPTER CLASH JULY 17-18 Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers play Iowa Turf Managers in softball, golf and bocce ball. The event will take place in Minnesota this year. If you are interested in participating in this event, contact Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium or the MPSTMA office. Transportation and hotel rooms will be arranged.

MTGF SUPER TUESDAY JAN. 12, 2016 Educational opportunity provided by the MTGF at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More information will be forwarded to MPSTMA members as it becomes available. MTGF/MNLA NORTHERN GREEN EXPO JAN. 13-15, 2016 An opportunity to attend educational seminars, trade show and networking with peers and others involved in the Minnesota Green Industry. This event takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. NATIONAL STMA CONFERENCE JAN. 13-16, 2016 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

MPSTMA COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT AUGUST (Site and Date to be determined) MPSTMA will select a field from applicants and provide the labor for the renovation project. Some materials will be donated or provided at a reduced cost. Volunteers and vendor support are needed. More information will be forwarded to MPSTMA members as it becomes available.

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An opportunity to attend educational seminars, Touron-Wheels, trade show, golf and networking with peers. Visit www.stma.org for more information.

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5 Reasons Why People Do Not Recycle

5 Reasons Why People Should Recycle

1. Recycling is inconvenient. This seems to be the number one reason why people don’t recycle – they don’t want to put in the extra effort. Some places have no pick-up. Some people say that they just can’t be bothered.

1. Recycling saves energy. Recycling saves energy because the manufacturer doesn’t have to produce something new from raw natural resources. By using recycled materials we save on energy consumption, which keeps production costs down.

2. I do not have enough space to recycle. The lack of space is an issue for many. People don’t want to see garbage and with little storage space for recycling bins, the trash is an eyesore. 3. If they paid me, I’d recycle. Some countries fine people for not recycling. Some regions pay for just bottle recycling (we know that works). Some areas have no penalties or incentives for recycling. 4. Recycling doesn’t make a difference. So why? Misinformation about overflowing landfills, depleted resources and climate change has convinced some peo ple that recycling doesn’t make a difference. They believe there is no problem. 5. It is just to hard to do. Since there are so many facets to recycling: bottle, paper and plastic, it’s hard to decipher which kinds go where.

2. Recycling reduces landfills. Recycling reduces the need for more landfills. No one wants to live next to a landfill. 3. Recycling preserves our resources and protects wildlife. By recycling, we reduce the need to destroy habitats for animals. Paper recycling alone saves millions of trees. 4. Recycling is good for the economy. Recycling and purchasing recycled products creates a greater demand for more recycled goods. Goods made from recycled materials use less water, creates less pollution and uses less energy. 5. Recycling helps our climate problems. Recycling produces considerably less carbon, which reduces the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas omissions.

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MPSTMA Spring Workshop Attracts 161 Members to University of Northwestern The March 11 MPSTMA Spring Workshop at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul was well attended as 161 members and guests enjoyed a day of education, networking and lunch on a beautiful spring-like day. Twenty companies sponsored the event. MPSTMA Ben Boeding, CSFM, noted that it was “nice to see such good attendance and vendor support for the MPSTMA Spring Workshop.” Jim Ruzicka, Mainline Consulting, did a good job as opening speaker as he provided lots of information on irrigation and summarized what can be done. Jim works closely with other industry professionals and organizations to ensure that he is delivering the products that his customers have come to expect.

LOWELL LUEBECK, currently serving on the MPSTMA Board and also a long-time member of the former MPSA retired from the City of Plymouth on April 24. Before his 15-year stint with the City of Plymouth, Luebeck worked for the City of Coon Rapids. A retirement celebration took place at the City of Plymouth’s maintenance facility and carried over to a nearby pub. Luebeck’s contributions to the advancement of MPSA and MPSTMA has not gone unnoticed and cannot be overstated.

Service; Specialty Turf & Ag; The Tessman Company; Barenbrug; HK Sports Fields; D. Ervasti Sales; Cushman Motor Co.; Pioneer Athletics; Hartman Companies; Kromer Co.; Beacon Athletics; DH Athletics; Minnesota Equipment; Cycleworks Golf Supply; Tri State Bobcat; Frost Services, and Superior Tech Products. Also thanks to University of Northwestern hosts Jeff Hintz, Tim Kelson, J. T. Fenton and Spring Workshop Chair Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, for all of their efforts. DAVE HAACK, DH Athletics, left, was one of 20 vendors who helped make the Spring Workshop a success at the University of Northwestern.

Sarah Hellekson, City of Plymouth, addressed Public Space Recycling/Parks. MPSTMA vice-president Jay Stadler, Carleton College, said “Sarah is a great resource for those interested in the best ways to recycle.” Troy McQuillen, M.S., Kirkwood Community College (Iowa), was a dynamic speaker who gave a tech talk on "Strategies for Taking a Parks & Grounds Inventory. “It was good to see how today’s technology such as google maps can save time and make things simpler,” said MPSTMA treasurer Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, University of St. Thomas. University of Minnesota research scientist Matt Cavanaugh spoke on high traffic areas. Cavanaugh noted that “player traffic equals thin turf. Thin turf equals bare soil. Bare soil equals party time for weeds.” Due to the amount of traffic many sports fields see, turf can quickly thin providing a perfect opportunity for weeds to germinate and grow. Special thanks to our 20 sponsoring vendors who helped make this Workshop so successful. They were: Titan Machinery; MTI Distributing Inc.; John Deere Landscapes; Midwest Groundcover Express Blower 14 MPSTMA NEWS

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