FIRST FRIDAY group attended a memorial luncheon Monday for Gregg Iverson, 73, Minneapolis, who died sometime over the Thanksgiving holiday at his family’s home. We were members of Business and Professional Singles of which Gregg was a pioneer long before I joined in the mid 80s.
I didn’t know Gregg well but was reminded of his colorful history by others who spoke at the event in the Richfield American Legion Hall. Iverson loved a good time and attended frat parties at the University long after many of us disdained any fraternal allegiances.
He may have facilitated the election of Keith Ellison to Congress when he sidelined the leading contender, a protege of then Rep. Martin Sabo, at a debate. “Real DFLers don’t live on Lake of the Isles,” said Iverson of the Sabo protege at the event where Gregg was one of the contenders for the job. He continued to run for office until last month.
One of his cousins recalled a Tom Sawyer-like housing painting event at the Iverson home that was organized by Gregg’s dad Arnie who the cousin described as a “cheap SOB.”
Iverson was “real Minnesota” Norwegian and there are fewer as the Gopher State is now more culturally diverse.
Iverson was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, taught high school and worked in the state highway department administrative offices before retiring in recent years.