Following high school, he attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, which led to a career in retail management. He managed a various retail businesses through the years, however, his specialties were pet stores and greenhouses. Throughout his life he lived in Altoona, New Richmond, Minneapolis, Minn., Ladysmith, and eventually ended up back in Bruce. Dann was well-known for his love of animals. It all started on the farm where he grew up on north of Bruce.