Dan graduated from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High school in 1999. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1998, the summer before his senior year of high school. Dan Graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. Upon College Graduation Dan Commissioned through U. S. Army ROTC as an Infantry Officer. He Lead an Infantry Platoon during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2007. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge. Since 2008 Dan is a co-team leader with the Realty Edge Team at Counselor Realty of Rochester, MN. He shares his life with his son, daughter and wife Julee who works at Elgin Family Dentistry in Elgin, Minnesota.