After a short stint at Macalester College, Dan spent his twenties trucking groceries around to the new wave food co-ops in Minnesota. When he left in 1986, he got one of those early Macintoshes and started a fledgling desktop-publishing business in his basement. As his view of the world (and perhaps future) was framed by that basement window, he called it MicroHorizons Graphics. But the work was fun and rewarding as his network of co-ops and nonprofits were doing good for the world—and so by extension, was he.
Eventually, several very talented people took notice and joined him in his quest to design for a better world. In 1996 the business moved to offices with a lovely view of a park that became our new namesake—Triangle Park in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Dan thinks he’s a pretty lucky guy. “I learned long ago that it’s really about doing work that helps you feel good about the work you are doing. Our group gets a kick out of helping our clients make the world a better place. We like being their co-conspirators.”
Today, Dan manages Triangle Park’s various networks, drums up new business, pays the bills, and all the other things a Chief Park Ranger would do.
Dan still loves food cooperatives and received the 2009 Cooperative Development Foundation’s Howard Bowers Award for Cooperative Service. He then retired from a nine-year stint on the Seward Co-op Grocery’s board of directors. “Always good to go out while on top of your game!“—though whenever possible, he will test his alloy hip joints playing pick-up basketball.