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NEWS VOL. 2, NO. 2

SUMMER 2012

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION

Speakers Vanini and Fortin Will Highlight the Event at Oxford Community Center

MPSTMA Fall Workshop Returns To St. Paul on September 5 The MPSTMA Fall Workshop is set for Wednesday, September 5 at the Oxford Community Center (Jimmy Lee Rec Center) located on Lexington Parkway in St. Paul. The athletic fields are both synthetic and natural turf. Make plans to join your vendors and customers for a worthwhile day of education. On hand will be Dr. J. Tim Vanini, Ph.D, New York, along with Connie Fortin, Fortin Consulting. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from one of our country’s finest educators in the turfgrass industry!

implemented at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, MI for the 1994 World Cup. At Nichols School, he provided expertise for sports field and landscape management for the campus as well as two sports field construction projects. Connie Fortin

Jimmy Lee Field at Oxford Community Center

Tim Vanini Tim Vanini is a writer, speaker, turfgrass scientist, and coinventor of a U.S. Patent (5,622,002) for topdressing crumb rubber to natural turfgrass systems. He has worked and consulted on golf courses, sports fields, and lawns. Dr. Vanini studied Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University (B.S.) and Turfgrass Science at Michigan State University (M.S., Ph.D.). He has published in Crop Science, Applied Turfgrass Science, Agronomy Journal and American Society for Testing Materials as well as SportsTurf and Golf Course Superintendent. Dr. Vanini is continuously researching the most up-to-date products and management strategies for sound environmental stewardship. In 1993 and 1994, he was intimately involved with construction and management of the portable turf field system

Connie Fortin is the president of Fortin Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. Her company works in a variety of ways to protect

water quality. Ms. Fortin is very active in bringing together the transportation and environmental communities to reduce impacts of de-icers while maintaining a high level of service. Fortin Consulting and a technical expert team wrote Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual, Reducing Environmental Impacts of Chlorides, Minnesota Snow and Ice Control Handbook for Snowplow Operators. Connie initiated the Road Salt Symposium which is now in its 11th year. Fortin Consulting has trained over 3,000 professionals in winter maintenance with reduced environmental impacts. Connie believes that by working together we can be successful in protecting our lakes, rivers and groundwater. As always, there will be dedicated time for vendors and customers to talk. Lunch is included. The complete agenda along with registration and sponsorship information will be available on July 1.

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“Thanks, to Two of our Leaders” DAVID NOZAL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS PRESIDENT DAVID NOZAL Tree Trust daven@treetrust.com

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thanks, an expression of gratitude <return thanks before the meal>—often used in an utterance containing no verb and serving as a courteous and somewhat informal expression of gratitude <many thanks> http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/thanks As we spend some time in this newsletter reviewing the careers of two longtime members who are about to or have recently retired, I wanted to say thank you to them and to our members for your service to your community, your employer and to this association. Vince Cockriel was the MPSA president in 1989 and Dick Riemenschneider was president in 2006. Both men have had long careers in their respective communities of Edina and Woodbury. I’ll leave the career details to the articles later in this newsletter but I do want to highlight the common threads I see between the two individuals. Both men have a strong love of the outdoors, are always willing to take the time to share their knowledge, and both have a commitment to passing on a legacy to those who follow behind them. A true test of one’s leadership is what happens when you’re not around; I expect to see the fingerprints of Dick and Vince’s work for many years to come. To Dick and Vince: From our organization, and personally, I would like to say thank you, I wish you a happy and fulfilling retirement. I enjoyed the stories, the counsel and the opportunity to get to know you. Please stay in touch. To our members: Thank you for your support and remember to thank someone from your own organization, I am sure many deserve it. In the words of Dick Riemenschneider; ‘Have a super day!’ Sincerely,

David Nozal

VICE PRESIDENT KEVIN FERNANDEZ White Bear Lake Area Schools kmfern@wbl.whitebear.k12.mn.us TREASURER ROGER WEINBRENNER CSFM University of St. Thomas roger.weinbrenner@mpstma.org PAST PRESIDENT STEVE GILBERTSON City of Lino Lakes socassign@aol.com DIRECTORS GENERAL DIRECTOR AMY HOWARD City of Woodbury ahoward@ci.woodbury.mn.us GENERAL DIRECTOR LOWELL LUEBECK City of Plymouth lluebeck@ci.plymouth.mn.us COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR JON ALMQUIST The Toro Company jon.almquist@toro.com COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR JOE CHURCHILL Reinders Inc. jchurchill@reinders.com MTGF REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GRIFFIN City of Woodbury pgriffin@ci.woodbury.mn.us MTGF REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN MANLEY JRK Seed & Turf Supply kmanley@jrkseed.com EXECUTIVE SECRETARY JEFF TURTINEN MPSTMA Office: 952-473-3722 P. O. Box 617 Wayzata, MN 55391 jeff.turtinen@mpstma.org

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IMPRELIS: Not Just a Lawncare Issue By STEVE SYLVESTER S&S Tree & Landscaping Specialists

For those who have not heard about the recent issue with Imprelis, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve missed: Imprelis is a new broadleaf turf grass herbicide. It was released in early spring. It has been widely used throughout the country to combat particularly stubborn weeds. When used in open grassy areas it has been very effective. When used in areas with certain spruce trees, particularly

need to be taken with disposal. Wood chips should not be used in landscaped areas, they could cross contaminate the soil with Imprelis killing additional plants and trees. Protect yourself and your company: Start a conversation with your customer. Find out how they control the weeds in their lawn. If they use a lawn care company, research the company and find out whether or not they used Imprelis. Currently Imprelis is no longer being sold, however companies may still have reserves of it on hand or have used it before the issue surfaced. As an additional safety measure you may want to contact your local department of agriculture. In Minnesota, a pesticide applicators license is required by all employees applying chemicals and a record of the type and amount of chemical applied on each property needs to be provided to the customer and kept on file with the company for five years. These records are your most reliable source for tracking down Imprelis usage on your customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; properties. (Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: To report problems or find more information on Imprelis, DuPont has created the following website: www.imprelisfacts.com)

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Norway and eastern white pine, it may kill or at the very least injure these trees. As of September 30,2011, it had potentially killed thousands of mature trees. The investigation is open and ongoing. As a green industry professional you might think this issue doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect you. But it does. Whether you treat, remove or plant trees, this is an issue youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to want to keep an eye on. If you treat or prune trees: Your customer may blame you for declining or dying spruce trees when the real issue is the chemical application completed by the lawn care company. It is not yet known how long it takes before a tree starts to show signs of distress or why some are affected more than others. It could be weeks or months after application, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough data yet to determine. If you plant trees: Ask your customer if they have their lawn treated with Imprelis. If a spruce tree is being replaced, ask your customer why it was removed. It is unclear how long the chemical remains in the soil. Soil of a lawn treated with Imprelis may be contaminated for weeks or months after application. A tree planted near the same location as a tree that declined or died due to Imprelis may suffer the same fate. As of September 30, DuPont has recommended people hold off on planting until additional research can be done. If you remove trees: If you are removing a spruce tree due to death or decline, find out if it was due to Imprelis. Woody material may still contain Imprelis and care will SUMMER 2012

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Vince Cockriel Plans to Retire From the City of Edina in Fall By JEFF TURTINEN Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association

For the past 35 years, Vince Cockriel has not wondered about being in any other profession. He never stayed up at night thinking he should’ve been a lawyer, doctor or been in some other field. Vince is very happy with his chosen profession, and he has no regrets and is very proud of what he’s accomplished. Vince began his adult career in the Third Marine Air Wing during the Vietnam War flying as a rescue man on board search and rescue helicopters. Upon returning to the states, he got married and took a job as an iron worker/crane operator for three years. The City of Oakdale hired Vince in 1978 and within six months, he was promoted to Parks Maintenance Supervisor and stayed there for 10 years. For the past 25 years, Vince has been employed by the City of Edina first as the Parks Maintenance Supervisor for 10 years, then he was promoted to Parks Superintendent, the position he holds today. Vince hires his own crew. He noted that in the 80s, many of his crew had been farmers with as little as a sixth or seventh grade education. Nowadays, workers are far more educated as half of his staff has college degrees and all of them have pesticide applicator licenses and other certifications as well. Vince feels age is not a factor when hiring a new person and says it is not necessary to hire a young person and groom them. Trial and error at some previous employer is a good thing. Vince readily admits he favors hiring veterans feeling the road they took to get to the City of Edina was a tougher path that prepares an individual for anything in life. Nothing surprises Vince. Through his military experience, he has seen it all and has a keen perspective of people. He expects the 4 MPSTMA NEWS

best out of his crew. He doesn’t compare what each worker does. If they both are doing the best they can, they are on the same level in his eyes. Vince looks for dependability in a person and advises those beginning their careers to make them known and seen as someone that is accountable. “Being someone you can count on is worth more than any type of schooling,” said Vince. Vince feels the best part of his job

“Being someone you can count on is worth more than any schooling.” - Vince Cockriel is meeting the people and having the resources to make them happy without really working at it. An example is when a person calls about something and Vince would say, “We’ll take care of it.” Most of these tasks have already been scheduled anyway. “It’s fun to have people appreciate the service you have supplied,” said Vince. Every now and then Vince deals with “crabby, unreasonable” people. In early spring, when working with a shorthanded crew, some things can’t get done every day or people want to play ball on the fields but the buildings are locked and no one is there to unlock the doors. It is not in the best interest for the City of Edina to pay someone overtime in March or hire a $10 an hour employee to open and close the doors. It is a situation where you can’t please them. It is a budgetary concern. Vince realizes that today’s technology has raised everyone’s expectations. More working hours have been added to everyone’s plate with technology. It takes away from quality time. Someone can be fishing or golfing, yet deal with phone calls and www.mpstma.org

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emails without really taking a break from the job – you just do the work from a different location. Vince is a past president of the former Minnesota Parks Supervisors Association and encourages involvement in today’s MPSTMA. He looks back at his own experience on the Board and noted that he was able to meet a lot of people and see how the organization is run. Involvement makes you part of something bigger than your own city. Networking is key in any association. Sharing trade secrets within the industry helps the betterment of the whole. Years ago a guy in Eagan manufactured an ice shaver. Vince learned about it when he was with the City of Oakdale, then later made one for the City of Edina and everyone thought he was a wizard. He later explained that a mechanic in Eagan invented it. This example of sharing a trade secret is something you can’t teach in school. Vince will share information with any other city and feels this is very important for the industry. He talks with anyone and treats an hourly employee with the same respect as he would the owner of a big company. When the day comes to retire, Vince plans to travel to Italy and revisit Vietnam with his wife Cindy. He will continue to farm his 100 acres in southeast Minnesota and would like to open a “Military” museum in the southern part of Minnesota as he has been a collector of military patches and pins and has a very big WWI collection to share. Vince is retiring after an enjoyable career and will leave the City of Edina on very good terms. He looks forward to spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren. SUMMER 2012


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S & S TREE AND LANDSCAPING SPECIALISTS HOSTED MPSTMA NETWORK PICNIC IN APRIL In April, S&S Tree and Landscaping Specialists hosted a MPSTMA Network Picnic at their South St. Paul facility. The pictures show how mulch is processed. (above) Trees are mulched in the Vermeer Tub Grinder 7000. (left) The mulch is then transported to the colorizor. (top left) The mulch then is separated by color. MPSTMA member Tom Rudberg, along with Gail Nozal, Mark Stennes and owner Steve Sylvester hosted the MPSTMA network event.

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Selecting the Right Wetting Agent for Sports Turf By CHRIS QUINLAN and MARK HOWIESON, Ph.D. Becker-Underwood

Keeping sports turf healthy under stressful conditions is no easy task. Among the many challenges sports turf managers face, soil moisture management is a primary concern. Water repellent soils are common in sand-based athletic fields and can result in irregular patches of wilted and drought-stressed turfgrass, often referred to as localized dry spot (LDS). Wetting agents can help alleviate soil water repellency and limit development of LDS in turf. Soil wetting agents reduce the surface tension of water, allowing it to penetrate and wet the soil more easily. Irrigation and infiltration surfactants are designed to help increase water infiltration and irrigation uniformity. When it comes to wetting agents, no one product is best for every situation or sports turf management program. Consider a variety of factors when selecting a product, such as efficacy, management intensity, intended use, product longevity and price. Before deciding on a wetting agent product, request university or reputable third-party trial data from the manufacturer to support product claims. Carefully consider the validity of any product claims not supported by independent research results. Long-Term Wetting Agents Many turf managers prefer the convenience of making only one application in the spring without follow-up applications. Because long-term wetting agents generally persist for at least three months in the soil, this may be an ideal solution. An important note to keep in mind is that long-term wetting agents have greater potential for development of phytotoxicity and discoloration if the applicator is not cautious. In addition, long-term wetting agents are more limited when it comes to tank-mix compatibility with other products (i.e. fertilizers, pesticides, plant growth regulators, etc.), in comparison to short-term wetting agents. Long-term wetting agents are an excellent option for season-long prevention of LDS development on water repellent, sand-based greens in the Northern United States. Using long-term products on golf course tees and fairways, as well as difficult-to-treat areas, will minimize the number of applications needed during the growing season. Short-Term Wetting Agents

ting agents. Because short-term wetting agents generally persist for only 28-30 days in the soil, more frequent applications are necessary, requiring more time and labor investment. However, short-term wetting agents typically reduce the risk of leaf discoloration and phytotoxicity during hot, dry weather, especially when compared to long-term wetting agents. Short-term wetting agents are best selected for water repellent sand-based greens, especially in transition and warm season zones, although they are becoming more popular in cool season zones. An additional use for shortterm wetting agents includes late season â&#x20AC;&#x153;rescue treatmentsâ&#x20AC;? to correct symptoms of LDS. Irrigation and Infiltration Surfactants

Irrigation surfactants may be a low-cost alternative to conventional wetting agents to treat difficult-to-wet areas caused by thatch or low soil surface hydrophobicity. The cost is further reduced when the agent is injected into the Short-term wetting agents are typically applied at twoirrigation system. to four-week intervals and allow superintendents to make In general, irrigation surfactants are not as effective as a applications only when environmental conditions demand stand-alone wetting agent product to manage LDS or alletreatment. Moreover, there is potential to incorporate the viate moderate to severe soil hydrophobicity. However, monthly application into existing turf management prothese agents are useful in difficult-to-wet native soil areas, grams. Short-term wetting agents have greater flexibility as well as tees and fairways. with tank-mix options when compared to long-term wet(Continued on Page 9) 8 MPSTMA NEWS www.mpstma.org SUMMER 2012


JRK SEED AND TURF SUPPLY HOSTED THE MAY MPSTMA NETWORK PICNIC Attendees were treated to a great lunch and a tour of the facility. JRK Seed and Turf Supply is located in Eagan. MPSTMA member Kevin Manley along with Alan Shaffer, Ben McClellan and Mike Kelly hosted the event.

Wetting Agents (Continued from Page 8) Tips for Success Wetting agents cannot alleviate soil water repellency from the turf canopy, but need to be watered into the soil to be most effective. Water long-term wetting agents into the soil immediately following application. Most short-term wetting agents need to be watered in within 24 hours of application. Always check the label and follow directions. It is proven that wetting agents can help increase the water infiltration rate into the soil profile in hydrophobic soils. However, in areas with excessive thatch (greater than ½ inch) or soil organic matter (greater than 3.5%) the soil surface may retain moisture. Core-aerating and topdressing with sand to reduce thatch and organic matter content will help prevent moisture retention at the soil surface. Moisture retention at the soil surface is exacerbated when wetting agents are not watered into the soil profile. If wetting agents are not watered in with a sufficient volume of water to penetrate the hydrophobic layer, a temporary “perched water table” may form above the hydrophobic layer that maintains excessive moisture at the surface. If you know that you are dealing with hydrophobic soils or LDS, a wetting agent can help alleviate the symptoms and bring your turf back to a healthy-looking condition. Do some research to find out which products will work best for your situation. SUMMER 2012

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Spring Workshop Breaks an Attendance Record for the MPSTMA Event at Northwestern College The 2012 MPSTMA Spring Workshop held on March 7 at Northwestern College in St. Paul broke an attendance record for the event as 165 people were on hand. An all-star lineup which included University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football coach Jerry Kill along with Minnesota Twins head groundskeeper Larry DiVito coupled with a well-planned program made for a grand day for all involved. John Hopko, Professional Turf and Renovation, gave a talk entitled “Turf 101: Turf Maintenance Practices” which focused on basic fundamentals. This was a very well-attended and informative session. Everyone enjoyed the talk by Dave Kemp, The Catholic Cemeteries, who spoke about leadership. Twenty-one vendors were on hand with table-top displays.

The newly remodeled Northwestern College proved to be a great venue to host the event. The event has been held annually at the University of St. Thomas which also is

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After 40 Years, Dick Riemenschneider Retires from the City of Woodbury Dick Riemenschneider served the City of Woodbury for over 40 years and retired on April 1. He began his career on November 1, 1971 as a Parkskeeper, was promoted to Senior Parkskeeper in 1975, to Parks Supervisor in 1989 and to his current position of Public Works Superintendent in 2006. “It is a significant achievement to have served this community in the Parks and Recreation and Engineering and Public Works Departments as the City grew from approximately 6,200 residents when he began his career to approximately 63,000 in 2012,” said Clinton B. Dick Riemenschneider Gridley, City Administrator for the City of Woodbury. Dick helped plan and build dozens of parks during the city's rapid growth. More than 125 miles of trails meander in Woodbury. His many achievements include helping to build and maintain three water towers, a golf course and streets that grew in number from 42 to about 250. Riemenschneider is well-known locally for the many projects he's been part of and regionally because of the numerous committees and commissions he’s served. "When you're in public works, you want to be appreciated but not noticed, because when you do [get noticed], it's maybe that you've turned on a faucet and nothing came out, or that you couldn't get to church because the streets weren't plowed," he said, believing that public works employees "lead a different life," where obscurity can be good. Riemenschneider's history with the City of Woodbury has spanned from a rural township with plenty of corn fields but no stoplights into one of the state's most progressive suburbs, with a tenfold population explosion during his tenure. The city's many parks have increased in number from four to 43 during Riemenschneider's tenure. The community appreciates that all of Woodbury’s playgrounds include equipment for handicapped children. An upbeat guy, according to coworkers, Riemenschneider exemplifies how to achieve job longevity with his ability to continually improve himself, his work, keep a positive attitude, and adapt to change in all areas of his department, from the heavy equipment in the city's fleet to new environmental practices. Riemenschneider worked with people at all levels of the SUMMER 2012

organization to achieve the desired results. "He was always open to new ideas and changes," said David Jessup, engineering and public works director for the City of Woodbury. "He's been very dedicated and committed to the city, doing whatever needs to be done, putting in whatever time it takes to accomplish it." Former coworkers note Riemenschneider's willingness

“He always, always came to work with a positive, can-do attitude.” - David Jessup to team up with other divisions, such as the joint powers agreement he forged with the division responsible for maintaining Eastview High School's grounds. Sharing equipment and manpower with the adjacent Bielenberg Sports Center saves time and money. “Riemenschneider’s willingness to tackle big projects, his ‘forward-thinking’ and the fact that he ‘always, always came to work with a positive, can-do attitude’ and genuinely cared about the people he was involved with,” said Public Works Director David Jessup.

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