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

MPSTMA Fall Fall Workshop Workshop MPSTMA Set for for September September 18 18 Set Cowern Elementary Elementary Cowern Benefits from from CSP CSP Benefits Facility Spotlight: Spotlight: Facility City of of St. St. Louis Louis Park Park City

Vol. 3, No. 3 Fall 2013


PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“PartnershipsareCreatedinGoodTimes andCountedinToughTimes”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS PRESIDENT RICK BEANE City of St. Louis Park rbeane@stlouispark.org

RICK BEANE MPSTMA President

As we trudge through summer dealing with extreme heat and dry conditions we are all faced with challenges. It may be budget issues, staffing issues, or something we have no control over... Mother Nature seems to throw us all a curve ball ever so often. One such curve ball hit St Louis Park in June. Torrential rains followed by high winds blasted our fine City. Many long time employees say” it was one of the worst wind storms they have ever seen.” One thing was apparent at the beginning, this storm was too big for the residents to handle on their own, and too big for our City staff to handle without some help from outside sources. We as a City removed over one hundred blvd trees and took all brush, either Private and Public, and hauled it from the curb. We had to reach out to neighboring cities not affected by the storm for help. Two such cities sent Log Loaders and operators, Hennepin County sent trucks and one city sent a wheel loader. It may not be easy asking for help, but when you are behind the eight ball you need to look for help from others. Partnerships are created in good times and are counted on in tough times. I recommend creating partnerships/ new friendships with neighboring communities, sharing knowledge, equipment, or anything else that will make it easier in your jobs. As of now we are on the final stretch for the cleanup. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated staff that put in long hours and some even changed vacation plans to help in the effort. Without the dedication of our staff and help from others outside of our organization we wouldn’t have been able to complete the task at hand. We have helped other cities in the past; have asked help in the present and with help others if asked in the future. The MPSTMA is the perfect venue to create partnerships with others. Hope to see you at the Fall Workshop at Wayzata High School on Wed., Sept. 18. See the slate of speakers on Page 3.

VICE PRESIDENT BEN WALLIN NationalSports Center bwallin@nscsports.com TREASURER ROGER WEINBRENNER CSFM University of St. Thomas reweinbrenne@stthomas.edu PAST PRESIDENT DAVID NOZAL Tree Trust daven@treetrust.com DIRECTORS GENERAL DIRECTOR LOWELL LUEBECK City of Plymouth lluebeck@ci.plymouth.mn.us GENERAL DIRECTOR MATT GROSJEAN University of Minnesota mgrosjea@umn.edu COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR JON ALMQUIST The Toro Company jon.almquist@toro.com COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR MATT CAVANAUGH PBI Gordon Corporation mcavanaugh@pbigordoncorp.com

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MTGF REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GRIFFIN City of Woodbury pgriffin@ci.woodbury.mn.us MTGF REPRESENTATIVE JOE CHURCHILL Reinders Inc. jchurchill@reinders.com EXECUTIVE SECRETARY JEFF TURTINEN MPSTMA Office:952-473-3722 P.O.Box617 Wayzata,MN55391 jeff.turtinen@mpstma.org

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2013 MPSTMA Fall Workshop Set Sept. 18 At Wayzata High School’s Football Field The MPSTMA Fall Workshop is set for Wed., Sept. 18, 2013 at Wayzata High School. After updates from the City of Plymouth and Wayzata Schools, University of Minnesota Turf Specialist Sam Bauer will headline a group of three speakers at this year’s workshop. Bauer’s presentation will be centered around ryegrass. Two speakers from Anoka Technical College will be on hand including: Kit Wilchin, who will speak on “Dealing with Personalities.” And, another representative will talk about the future of gasoline engines. An agronomist associated with the Minnesota Section of the PGA of America will speak on high-end turf; a representative from Anoka Technical College will focus on people and management skills. MPSTMA commercial members will show equipment and have outdoor table displays. Plans are in place in case of inclimate weather. About Wayzata High School and District 284 Wayzata is a suburban community located 10 miles west of Minneapolis. School District #284 covers an area of 38 square miles with a population of 65,000 residents.

Wayzata High School is the site of the Sept. 18 MPSTMA Fall Workshop.

District boundaries include all or part of eight municipali ties: Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. Wayzata High School is a four-year comprehensive high school accredited by the North Central Association. Total enrollment for grades 9-12 is approximately 3,300. Registration for the Fall Workshop is available on-line at www.mpstma.org.

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North St. Paul’s Cowern Elementary School Benefits from Community Service Project

Cowern Elementary School Field No. 1 was leveled, edged and filled with new ag-lime. FieldNo.2andFieldNo.3receivedthesamegrooming. Thepitchingrubbers,homeplatesandtheninebaseswerere-setandre-markedforconsistency.Thesharedoutfieldwasfilledwithgrassseedand fertilizer.Pleaseseethelistofvolunteersbelowandmorephotosonthefollowingpages.TheprojecttookplaceonAug.14,2013.

The MPSTMA Community Service Project Committee decided to do a project a little different from the norm by renovating three infields at Cowern Elementary School in North St. Paul. Hundreds of kids will use these fields as well as area softball leagues. Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium Turf Manager, and the City of Woodbury’s Paul Griffin spearhead this project each year with a group of MPSTMA volunteers. Andy Hobbs, facility director of the North St. Paul SloPitch Softball League submitted an application last fall. He stated after the renovations were complete that the users of the field “will be thrilled.” and how fascinating it was to see “how much can be done in a short period of time with the right equipment for the job and a lot of manpower!”

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MPSTMA VOLUNTEERS Mike McDonald CSFM TCF Bank Stadium / UM Paul Griffin City of Woodbury Maggie Griffin City of North St. Paul Ben Boeding City of Eagan Mike Peschel Property Props Patrick Schoen Tri State Bobcat Mike Brunelle Town & Country Landscape Jesse Jendro Town & Country Landscape Bob Copeland Town & Country Landscape Mark Poppitz The Tessman Company Joe Churchill Reinders Inc. Rick Beane City of St. Louis Park Matt Shopek City of St. Louis Park Jeff Turtinen MPSTMA Greg Hoag City of Brooklyn Park Bob Frank MTI Distributing Inc. Jon Almquist The Toro Company Matt Hollan TCF Bank Stadium Brian Vokenant TCF Bank Stadium Greg Brodd Turfco Manufacturing Troy Von Holdt Turfwerks Tim Wadekamper Dakota County Tech College Al Hentges Kromer Co. Jake Blakeborough Kromer Co. Steve Young Plaisted Companies, Inc. Andy Hobbs North St. Paul Slo Pitch John Mathieson RCIS Dennis Fisher City of North St. Paul Alana Fisher City of North St. Paul Mike Heath City of North St. Paul SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT Agrivator Aerator Town & Country Landscape of Rogers Tractors Town & Country Landscape of Rogers Laser Leveler Town & Country Landscape of Rogers TriWave 40 Seeder Turfco Manufacturing 100 lbs. Grass Seed Reinders Inc. 30 bags Fertilizer The Tessman Company 25 ton Ag Lime Bryan Rock Products Red Ball Agregate Plaisted Companies Inc. Field Commander Kromer Co. Sod Cutter City of St. Louis Park Slit Seeder City of St. Louis Park Utility Cart MTI Distributing Inc. Utility Cart Bob Frank Cushman Truck Turfwerks Tool Cat with Bucket Tri State Bobcat Trucking Plaisted Companies, Inc. $500 donation MPSTMA

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Everyone associated with the MPSTMA Community Service Project is valuable. But,theexpertiseandgreatworkofMikeBrunelle,Townand CountryLandscapingofRogers,wasunquestionablythemostneededcomponentforthisyear’sproject.Brunelleannuallyandhappilyvolunteersa dayofhistimeeachyearfortheMPSTMA CommunityServiceProject.

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Good Gatherings and Great Food At MPSTMA’s June & July Picnics On June 14, Mike Bistodeau, Mark Wassink, Jeff Becker and the rest of the staff at Town & Country Fence invite MPSTMA and MASMS members to their facility for a great lunch and camraderie. With ample space, a few vendors set up table displays. Roughly 80 people participated in this event.

On July 17, about 45 MPSTMA members gathered on a beautiful summer day at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington. Host Dan Friedges and his staff grilled burgers and brats and prepared three different versions of potatoes! The setting was in an outdoor shelter on the shores of Hyland Lake.

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IOWA TAKES GOLF AND SOFTBALL

MPSTMA Wins Bocce Ball Championship At Annual Chapter Clash in Ankeny, IA Andy Johnson, TCF Bank Stadium, and Jon Hummel, St. Anthony Schools, anchored the Minnesota team by defeating the Iowans in the Championship Match which took place on a beautiful Iowa night on June 21. As you may remember, the weather wasn’t so nice in Minnesota that weekend! Johnson and Hummel are undefeated in Chapter Clash Bocce Ball Match Play. Fifteen Minnesotans made their way down to Iowa, many of them in RV owned by Ken Rost, Frost Services. When we got to the softball field, many of the sports managers felt dismay when they saw the unevenness of the out-

Minnesota Captain Mike McDonald, CSFM, presenting the Chapter Clash trophy to Iowa’s Tim Van Loo, in a ceremony following golf.

Ken Rost annually drives a bunch of Minnesotans in his RV when the Chapter Clash takes place in Iowa.

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field. Obviously, a ploy to slow our aging team down even more. To boot, Iowa rostered a full squad of 20-somethings. And as it turned out, that’s what they won the softball game by. Golf took place at Otter Creek Golf Club in Ankeny. Once again, a great venue picked by the Iowa contingent. Iowa edged Minnesota in the golf matches. The 2014 clash will take place in Minnesota. All members of MPSTMA are encouraged to participate.

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MPSTMA FACILITY SPOTLIGHT CITY OF ST. LOUIS PARK The City of St. Louis Park (SLP) is a community filled with parks, sports fields and hockey rinks. The City of SLP’s Park Maintenance annual operating budget is 1.4 million and the capital budget is 1 million. The SLP staff consists of 10 fulltime employees and 10 seasonal workers. These 20 individuals take care of: 6 14 14 7 6 7 3 24 2 23 24 52

Football Fields Soccer Fields Baseball Fields Softball Fields Hockey Rinks open skating rinks community gardens Basketball courts off leash dog parks Tennis courts miles of walking trails Parks .... and Westwood Hills Nature Center.

In the spring, the staff is responsible for plowing, field prep, forestry and repair of off-season equipment.

In the summer, attention turns to mowing, irrigaiton, field prep, landscape and maintenance of all city facilities. The fall brings more field prep, get rinks ready, renovation of fields and complete any projects before winter. In the wintertime, the staff handles rink maintenance, plowing, off-season maintenance and repair which includes many picnic tables. The staff takes pride in main-

taining excellent-conditioned fields and also finding ways to make projects easier. One employee mounted line painter on a Toro Workman with a mower attached. He now mows the lines and paints at the same time! More than 1,500 games, including soccer, baseball, softball, football and lacrosse are played annually in St. Louis Park. “The biggest challenge is time. It seems we never have enough time to do the level of detail we would like,” said Rick Beane, Parks Superintendent for the City of St. Louis Park. Municipal wells supply the main water feed for the city. New projects this year include: Soccer field lighting, constructing a picnic shelter and bathroom structures at Louisiana Oaks Park. Over 30,000 people visited and used (formal programs) the Westwood Hills Nature Center in 2012. This number included 12,004 residents, 8,869 non-residents and 9,265 walkins.

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Westwood Hills Nature Center St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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City of St. Louis Park(Continued from Page 11)

FORESTRY The City of St. Louis Park has a comprehensive forestry program that actively promotes plants and maintains its urban forest. “Our city is one of the very few cities that have an active boulevard tree program, managing and

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diversifying tree species within blocks and neighborhoods.” said Beane. The City of St. Louis Park has had a long-standing partnership with District Energy (to manage our wood waste and wood waste site) and currently have a management agreement with Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc. (SET) to manage the City’s brush disposal site; SET manages the site in partnership with District Energy (aka Ever- Green Energy, LLC). Annually the City of St. Louis Park plants 250 boulevard and park trees; all trees are balled and burlap trees with a minimum size of 2”caliper. Most of these trees are planted by contractors/wholesale nurseries. Annually the City removes, on average, 600 trees (public and private) per year with the majority of the removals due to Dutch elm disease. “We have an inventory of all of our 15,000 boulevard trees, with Green ash comprising less than 3,000 of these trees; we are actively implementing our Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) preparedness plan, which includes selective removal of 50-100 ash trees/year, diversifying tree planting on public and private properties (we have an annual Tree Sale for SLP property owners in which we offer diverse trees at discount rates) and educating citizens about the inevitability and consequences of EAB arrival,” said Beane. The City employs private contractors to remove all boulevard trees and private DED/condemned trees, as well as executing our boulevard rotational pruning (we are currently on a 9 year rotational boulevard tree pruning cycle) every winter.

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2014 MTGF SUPER TUESDAY SET. JAN 7

“Water and Its Effect on the Green Industry” The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation’s (MTGF) Super Tuesday is set for Tuesday, January 7, 2014 -- the day before the Northern Green Expo begins. The theme of the day will focus on ‘Water and its effect on the Green Industry.’ Various topics discussed will be stormwater and environmental concerns, the environmental bnefits of trees and landscape plantings including stormwater mitigation, wetting agents, climatology and more. Speakers on hand, will include: Mark Seeley, Professor, Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, Minnesota Public Radio; Chad Tinkel, Superintendent of Urban Forestry & City Arborist (Indiana); Don Spier, Vice President, Precision Labs; Peter MacDonagh, Director of Design & Science, an internationally recognized landscape architect, horticulturist and arborist. and Dr. Brian Horgan, Interim Dept. Head, Turfgrass Management, University of Minnesota. Park Supervisors; Sports Turf Managers; Arborists;

Cemetery Managers; Facility Managers; Garden Center Managers; Golf Course Superintendents; Landscape Architects; Designers and Maintenance Supervisors; Lawncare Operators, and Municipalities, are the target audience for this event. Education credits will be available for GCSAA CEUs, ISA CEUs, and MNLA CP. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling the MTGF office at 952-473-3722. The event takes place from 8:00am – 3pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Cost is $65.00. Lunch is included. For the best information and its solutions…look no further than the annual Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation Super Tuesday event. Registration is available at www.mtgf.org. The mission of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is to promote the green industries in Minnesota through support of research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. For more information about the MTGF, go to www.mtgf.org or call 952-473-3722.

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