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  Mildred & Leonard Grimes  


For the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award:

Our first/next Marshalltown Champions are a man and woman who have touched us as educators, horticulturalists, civic leaders, environmentalists, and conservationists.

Their lives have been exemplary as they have combined their respect for the environment and their responsibility to provide for a positive future in projects which engage young people in learning outside classroom walls.

bulletAlthough both had professional careers outside agriculture, they bought a farm which they offered, because of their conservation practices, as a learning laboratory for school children who have used it as an outdoor classroom for over three decades.
bulletTheir work with waterways, terracing, no-till farming, planting prairies, woodland restoration, and tiling of wetlands has also attracted groups from the Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Iowa State University Extension Service, Creative Retirement Classes, and Sister City visitors from Russia and Japan.
bulletThey estimate that over two hundred thousand trees have been planted with their tree spade and planter.
bulletIn 1991 they gave 160 acres to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for use by the Marshall County Conservation Board. After years of dreaming, planning, and fund raising, the development of a Nature Center, bridges, walks, a picnic shelter, and parking area are ready to open to the public this weekend.

These Marshalltown champions have been leaders in the community, the county, and the state:

bulletShe was a past president and member of the Marshall County Board of Conservation, particularly active in negotiations to acquire land to establish the Green Castle Wildlife Area in Marshall County. She was also elected to the Marshall County Soil Conservation District Commission and appointed to serve on the Iowa County Conservation Board.
bulletShe has served on the Iowa Humanities Board, the MMSC Board, the Marshall County Historical Society Board, the Iowa Farmer Advisory Committee representing the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Marshalltown Area Diversity Committee.
bulletHe served as Mayor of Marshalltown in 1956-57, as Central Iowa Fair Secretary, as President, Vice-President, and Board Member for the United Way, as President of the Marshalltown Noon Kiwanis Club and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis, and on both the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Central Iowa Mental Health Board.

Please congratulate these Marshalltown Champions, to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award , Mildred and Leonard Grimes….