Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund honors her at reception Thursday

    The Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund has named Shirley Iverson of Crookston as a 2015 Outstanding Community Builder, and she was celebrated at a reception Thursday evening at Minakwa Golf Club.

    Outstanding Community Builder Awards are presented to women from the region who have demonstrated leadership in improving their communities in their chosen professions, as volunteers, mentors, and in raising or supporting families.

    Since the inception of the award in 1998, 47 women have been recognized for helping make northwest Minnesota a better place to live, work and raise families.

    Iverson, through several leadership roles, has made significant contributions to her community and the region. Iverson was born in Minneapolis and raised in Crookston. After graduation she attended Concordia College for Renaissance Literature and Arizona State University in Tempe. After living and working in several states, Iverson and her husband returned to Crookston – where she built her realty business from the ground up.

    Iverson is the originator of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Riverview Hospital, the first hospital service in Polk County dedicated to enhancing services for forensic examination.

    She speaks locally, regionally and nationally about sexual assault awareness. She is dedicated to empowering survivors and improving services to communities that help others understand the impact of high risk offenders as they are released to the community.

    Iverson is active in several community service clubs. Aside from empowering and educating young women, she has dedicated her time to children and families. She has helped develop a natural play space park in Crookston, and also a wonderful dog park. Her current fundraising effort is the Crookston Splash Park which is currently under construction in Crookston's Highland Park.

    “If there were more people like Shirley, the world would be a better place,” said Ann Longtin, Iverson’s friend and nominator. “She gives 110 percent in her own career and in her volunteering and fundraising efforts. She makes our community a better place. She is a wonderful mentor.”

    The Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.  To make a secure donation online in honor of Shirley Iverson, visit, click the find a fund button and enter Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund or for more information, contact the NMF office in Bemidji.