Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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July 14, 2016

Sullivan’s Salvos     7/19/16

In this edition:

*RIP John Dane
*Catholic Worker House
*ADA Celebration
*Johnson County Fair
*Gabbard for Loebsack
*Did You Know?

*RIP John Dane
         I was sad to hear of the passing of Johnson County farmer John Dane. Mr. Dane was a notable man for many reasons.

         First, like the majority of the Dane family, John Dane served our country in the military, and was a longtime supporter of our veterans. John served the public in many other ways; he was a member of the ICCSD Board of Directors in the 1960s – believe it or not, that era was just as contentious as the one we are in now! John was a member of both the Jaycees and Kiwanis. In addition, John sold land for the Iowa City Airport, and donated the land for the beautiful Kiwanis Park on the west side of Iowa City.

Mr. Dane’s occupation was a farmer first, and served as President of the local Farm Bureau. But he was also a successful businessman, having started the popular Dane’s Dairy ice cream shop in 1968. It is this entrepreneurial spirit that really stands out to me.

Dane and his wife Allie built a pasteurizing plant and dairy store on the family farm in 1952. They sold milk, eggs, dairy products, and ice cream made from his Holstein cows. Generations of school children visited the Dane farm on field trips. The pasteurizing plant later closed, and Dane’s Dairy is now similar to a Dairy Queen.

         It really strikes me how forward thinking the Danes were. Johnson County is considering all sorts of things around local foods, including on-farm processing, agri-tourism, value added ag, and much more. The Danes were doing all these things before they were cool!

         John Dane was also a very prominent Republican. He ran for County Supervisor in 1978 and lost the General Election by only 11 votes… I am pretty certain that the only Republican who could do better in Johnson County would be Dan Gable! That speaks to how highly respected John Dane was in our community.

         Finally, my family and I attend church at St. Andrew with John’s son Jim, daughter-in-law Ruth, and their family. You simply will not find better people. My condolences to all those whose lives were touched by John Dane.

*Catholic Worker House
I attended the blessing of Iowa City's new Catholic Worker House last week. Thanks to St. Pat's, David Goodner, and others who have made this happen!

Father Rudy recited Matthew 25: "I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me."

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."

The new house at 1414 Sycamore is in need of many things, including volunteers. I hope you can help! I look forward to helping these folks serve the needy in our community!

*ADA Celebration
         Join friends and neighbors for the 26th annual celebration of the ADA -- Americans with Disabilities Act  -- Saturday, July 25 from 10-2 at the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. There will be music, dance, speeches and more.

The ADA Celebration is presented by a community committee including NAMI, Access to Independence, ARC of SE Iowa, Goodwill of the Heartland, MYEP, Combined Efforts, Wild Bill's Coffeeshop/UI School of Social Work, Heritage Agency, Epilepsy Foundation, National Federation of the Blind, Uptown Bill's/Extend the Dream and more.

         Please join us if you can!

*Johnson County Fair
         The Johnson County Fair runs from Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to take a step back toward our agricultural roots!

         I love the way the Johnson County Ag Association manages the County Fair. I am particularly fond of the fact that there is never an entry fee, and parking is free. In many counties, you would pay $10 to park and $5/head admission, if not more. That is $30 minimum for a family of four before you have even done anything!

         The Board of Supervisors started a “tradition” four years ago of holding our weekly Thursday meeting on the main stage at the Fair. While we have yet to draw a big crowd, it has been a fun change of pace.

Yes, it is typically hot out there. But that is why they sell ice cream! So, please stop out and enjoy the Fair. You’ll be glad you did!

For the full daily lineup of events, see:

*Gabbard for Loebsack
2nd Annual Brews and BBQ event with Congressman Loebsack & Special Guest Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard! Sunday, July 24th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Celebration Farm.

BBQ Promoter: $250; Sponsor the Music: $100; Friend: $50; Single Ticket: $25. Please RSVP to Joe by phone at (515) 371-4867, by email at, or go to the website and contribute online at:

         In am excited for this event! Congresswoman Gabbard heroically stood up to bullies on the DNC – we need more of that! I look forward to hearing what she and Dave have to say.

*DID YOU KNOW?  Over 70,000 people annually visit the Johnson County Fair.

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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