June 7, 2018
A groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of a project to install artificial turf at Mayville State's football field was held Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Work on the project is expected to begin June 11 and will be finished in time for the Comets' first home football game in the fall, the Farmers Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Pictured above are major benefactors and other project leaders who were just about to turn the dirt in the ceremonial breaking of the ground marking the beginning of the project. They are (l-r) Josh Magelky, representing MBN Engineering; Ernie Strube, representing The Goose River Bank and Mayville-Portland Economic Development Corporation; Tracy McGillis; Corey McGillis; MSU Foundation Executive Director John Klocke; Brad Wehe, representing Altru Health System; MSU Vice President for Business Affairs Jami Hovet; MSU President Gary Hagen; MSU head football coach Sean Thom; Larry McGillis; Jeff Strand; Lee Ann Strand; MSU Foundation board president Doug Petersen; Parker Strand; Jeremy Strand, representing Mayville-Portland Economic Development Corporation; Jac McTaggert, representing Sanford Health; and Ryan Coye, representing Gate City Bank. The ceremony was held at Jerome Berg Field on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 5.