HENDRICKS -It was something as simple as a doughnut from Generations Bakery that originally brought Josh Wagner to Hendricks. But now, months later, he has set up shop and is there to stay.
"It was at a Saturday morning at 10:30 when we stopped in there. Main street was packed and they were out of doughnuts," Wagner said. "But had I said no to that doughnut, who knows where I'd be right now."
Originally from Milbank, S.D., Wagner said he frequently passed through southwest Minnesota to visit his grandparents in Vesta. It was during those frequent visits to Vesta that opened his eyes to rural Minnesota. In his youth, he had told his grandmother that he wanted to live in Vesta and, though he did not end up there, he made it close.
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Josh Wagner recently opened his chiropractic clinic, Wagner Chiropractic, in downtown Hendricks.
"I'm a small-town guy and that's why I'm here," Wagner said of his moving to Hendricks. "I like the small-town mentality and I love southwest Minnesota. I felt like the area was calling me."
After high school Wagner went on to Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas before settling back to his Midwest roots. Since October has been working to obtain business loans and renovate his new office space along Main Street in Hendricks.
"I originally wanted to open on Oct. 1st," Wagner said. "But once I got the business loans and started construction it took a lot long than I anticipated. It all came together at the last second."
Prior to Wagner Chiropractic, the space was used for a farm implement business. Wagner said when he walked into the door it was a wide open space with a cement slab floor. He liked the space, but a lot of construction needed to be completed to get it ready for his business.
He worked with the landlord of the property to get construction under way and now, months later, his dream is finally coming a reality.
"I wanted to be a chiropractor since eighth grade," Wagner said. "It has always been my lifelong goal. Ever since I was a little kid I always felt like the natural approach to health was the best way."
The new business has all of the features expected of a chiropractic office, but also includes a few specialties unique to the area, such as a roller table. Wagner said he uses to relax patients before treatment.
"It's a good relaxing tool," Wagner said of the automated massage table. "I put them on it before a treatment."
Making the patient feel relaxed is something most chiropractors overlook, Wagner said, but something he feels is important to the treatment. Having built the office from the ground up, Wagner said he was able to create a design with relaxation in mind.
"I want people to feel like they're in their living room," he said.
The new business doesn't yet have set hours, but Wagner said he is usually there from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week. As business picks up, hours on Saturday will also be added.
"I want to accommodate my patients the best I can and schedule times that work best for them," Wagner said.
For more information or to set up an appointment Wagner Chiropractic can be reached at 507-275-MYDC (6932). Walk-ins are welcome.