Eric Harrison was 24 in 2001 when he returned to his Minneapolis-St. Paul home after spending two years in Madagascar, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer.
It was two weeks before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
The events that unfolded that infamous morning led many to join the armed forces, but it inspired Harrison to do battle on another front. He looked for ways to help improve his own hometown.
“My ideal of saving the world internationally was more focused locally,” H...