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Continued: Home improvement hoopla benefits National Guard soldier and his family

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 31, 2013 - 10:16 AM

He’s amazed at the kindness of the different groups involved. “At first when she told me, I didn’t believe that,” he said. “They’re just going to come out and fix up our house? That really hit me.”

Peterson said Dominic wanted to join the Guard even before he graduated from Rosemount High School. He enlisted last spring after graduation.

“He’s doing it for all the right reasons,” she said, including “to make something of himself and grow as a person.”

Dominic works for the Guard’s radio branch, setting up antennas that provide signals for cell phones and other communications, he said. He joined in part for help paying for college, he said.

Dominic will start at Dakota County Technical College next month, studying network administration. He also enlisted so he’d have time to “think about myself and what I want to do, and get some structure and life experience,” he said.

Peterson said she often does home repairs herself, but finances sometimes hold her back.

“Honestly, with this whole thing, I feel so extremely blessed,” she said. “Me and my family are going to pay it forward as much as we can, even just with our time.”


Erin Adler • 952-746-3283


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