Marvin D. Johnson
Marvin’s great grandfather, Gustave Johnson, traded a house and lot in Rockford, Illinois, for the original 160 acre farm in Independence, MN. Marvin is the fourth generation running the farm. He has seven siblings that share part of the ownership of the farm land. The current operation is almost 800 acres of alfalfa, oats, corn, and soybean, and has a 45 beef cow/ calf operation. The farm also has the Maple Airport which has been available for public use for sixty years. Marvin has two sisters and five brothers; Mary (Printy), June (Palmberg), Paul, Lloyd, Daniel, Bryan, and Evan. All of his siblings were actively involved in the farm operation before college, but chose other occupational pursuits, although they are all still part of the Family Farm Corporation- Hilltop Farm. They also own a wind generator built near Edgerton, MN.
Marvin is in his 33rd year as Mayor of the City of Independence. He is also president of the Hennepin County Farm Bureau Federation, Unity Farm Mutual Insurance Company, Greater Lakes Country Food Bank of Minneapolis/ Hennepin County, and School of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, Alumni Association. He is also involved with the Hennepin County Youth Leadership Foundation, Faith Community Church in Independence, Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County, and the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, and Small Cities Council Steering Committees for the National League of Cities.