" “Over the years there had been a lot of compaction of the soil and it was also very poor soil, which lead to a very hard playing surface,” "
Spring Grove High School football team members helped with the renovations of the football field including laying the sod in June. PHOTO: COURTESY AIMEE MURPHY
Spring Grove High School football team members helped with the renovations of the football field including laying the sod in June. PHOTO: COURTESY AIMEE MURPHY
August is here and along with it comes thoughts of school and school sports practices. Football team members have been practicing already and are anxious to try out their updated field on their home opening game Friday, Aug. 29. Work was done on the field this summer to improve it for the safety of the players.

“Over the years there had been a lot of compaction of the soil and it was also very poor soil, which lead to a very hard playing surface,” explained JC Nerstad, volunteer and Athletic Boosters member. “The renovation was done to make the surface safer and create better established grass, which I think we have accomplished.”

The surface was removed and replaced with a black dirt and sand mixture. The irrigation sprinklers were also replaced. Many volunteers gave many hours of work to accomplish this large task. The football players got in the work as well and helped with the project.

Even though much of the equipment and time and supplies were donated, there were still many expenses. If anyone is interested in helping support this project, donations are gladly accepted and can be directed to the Athletic Boosters. Questions regarding donations or the work done can be directed to Athletic Boosters president, Todd Olerud at (507) 254-6866.

“The many volunteers that made this project possible include Terry Sagadalen and Todd Olerud for removal of the soil and helping replace with the new soil, Eric Ostern for keeping track of the watering and sprinkler system, Greg Ardinger for tilling and blending the soil, Doc’s Blue Moose for supplying food during one of the work days, football team members for their hard work, and all the others that have helped make this project possible,” said Nerstad.