Community Spotlight: Mr. Dixon


You can catch him at almost any street corner in Dixon pushing his mini golf cart, keeping the downtown area looking its best.

“I don’t consider it work, I love what I do and I ove the town and so when you love something like that it’s not a job, it’s not work, it’s just giving of yourself back to the community that gave us so much.”

John Groshans, or formally known as Mr. Dixon and his wife moved to the small town of 15,000 in 1964.
Every since then, he’s been a walking advertisement, tour guide and much more for the town.

“He’s always busy,” Chamber of commerce event director Lauren Mills said. “He’s always working but he never once has not stopped to talk to someone, stopped to answer questions,” she said.

Mr. Dixon casually works 15 hour days with no hesitation.

“It’s my job to make sure it always looks like it’s worth millions of dollars and not turn into trash.”

He’s also won awards for citizen of the year several times.

“In a job it’s 10 percent knowledge, 10 percent skill but 80 percent attitude and my attitude goes to the sky for Dixon because it’s a beautiful place to live and a beautiful place to visit,” Groshans said.

Capturing the hearts of many.

“I would not be able to do my job the way I do and produce successful events that we do here without John,” Mills said.

It’s seems as though nothing can keep Dixon’s most prized possession down until the day he had a heart attack and was out of commission for a few days, even that didn’t keep him away.

“I was there for two weeks,” Groshans said. “Two days after I got back, my feet hit the floor right down here,” he said.

“We had several city departments down here on the riverfront covering for the job that he does on his own basically maybe with a handful of volunteers every once in awhile,” Mills said.

He’s someone no other community can say they have.

“He’s definitely, extremely vital to the downtown I mean to the city as a whole but definitely to keeping downtown the way it does,” said Mills.

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