International Snowmobile Hall of Fame - Eagle River, WI

Recipients of All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota Award of Merit

Leonard Hardy - 2004 recipient of All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota Award of Merit

Leonard "Len" Hardy - 2006 Award
Nashwauk, Minnesota

The Charter year for this award was presented to Len Hardy from Nashwauk, Minnesota. Len is best noted for his tireless volunteerism to promote the positive effects of ATVing. His efforts range from attending meetings to discussing the merits of properly designed and built trails. Len retired from the United States Army in 1978 as a Major. He then started Hardy General Contracting and retired from this occupation in 2001. Since his retirement, he has devoted many volunteer hours promoting recreational trails. In 2004, Len was recognized by American Trails with the 2004 State Trail Worker Award for Minnesota. Len joined the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) and became its Vice President. He has helped start approximately nineteen (19) different ATV clubs around Minnesota. Len also serves on many boards including Itasca County Trails Task Force, Itasca County Veteran's Council, American Legion Post 307, and Itasca County Park & Recreation Board. Len has also continued to represent ATV members and enthusiasts at the Itasca County Snowmobile Alliance meetings where he helped to coordinate snowmobile and ATV trails.

From Minnesota Off-Road Magazine:
ATVAM 1st Vice President Len Hardy to Receive Volunteer Award of Merit
The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame ISHOF has selected Len Hardy, ATVAM 1st Vice President, for the volunteer Award of Merit which recognizes individuals for their time and effort to volunteer towards recreational activities. Dave Kryzer, ATVAM Region Director, was also nominated for this award with outstanding contributions towards volunteerism, yet with being the first year this award was created and only one selection being made in 2006, Dave Kryzer's nomination will be carried forward for the2007 Award of Merit.

The charter year for this award will be presented to Len Hardy from Nashwauk, Minnesota. Len is best noted for his tireless volunteerism to promote the positive effects of motorized recreation. His efforts range from attending meetings to discussing the merits of properly designed and built trails.

Len retired from the United States Army in 1978 as a flight Instructor holding the rank of Major. He then started Hardy General Contracting and retired from this occupation in2001. Since his retirement, he has devoted many volunteer hours promoting recreational trails. In2004, Len was recognized by American Trails with the 2004 State Trail Worker Award for Minnesota.

Len also serves on many boards including Itasca County Trails Task Force, Itasca County Veteran's Council, American Legion Post 307, and Itasca County Park & Recreation Board. For the last two years, Len has been representing the ATV users at the Itasca County Snowmobile Alliance meetings to assist coordination of snowmobile and ATV trails.