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Santa has his sleigh; Dr. Rogers has his Case tractor

December 20, 2009
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

Just to remind those who have seen the notice and to let those who haven't seen it know, as of Jan. 3, the first Sunday in 2010, The Messenger's announcement color pictures will be charged $25.

That's for all announcements - anniversaries, birthdays, engagements and weddings.

There will be no charge for black and white pictures, and no charge for the announcement. You can read the remaining announcements rules on page 2E.

In other news, did you hear the one about the chiropractor who drove his tractor to town? No, that's not a joke.

Dr. Ben Rogers of the Midwest Spine Center hopped on his 7120 Case International tractor last Wednesday and drove into Dodge at a bit over 20 mph through the blowing snow.

"On Tuesday night this tractor was still all prepared for the field," Rogers said. "I had the duals on it. About 11 o'clock at night, I went out and took the duals off, and I went ahead and cleaned out around the shed and barn and cleared up our driveway."

The drive on the farm near Barnum is about 200 feet long. About midnight Tuesday, he figured he'd had a tough time getting to town on Wednesday because of how deep the snow already was and how much was still coming.

"So, the next morning when I got up, I thought, you know, I think I just as well go in with the tractor," he said. "The first person scheduled, I knew if anybody was going to get there that day, it would be him. But when I got in, the phone was ringing, and it was him. He couldn't come."


Rogers had cleaned off his lot and was ready for the day. He didn't wait long before another patient called. Her appointment was for Friday, but she was in such pain she wondered if she could get in, blizzard or no blizzard.

"I saw about half of what I'd normally see," Rogers said. "By this time, it was about 10 o'clock, and things had mellowed a little."

Finally, by noon, Rogers called it quits, and headed home on Parker Drive, past Skelley mines.

"On the way home, I hit some drifts that were really big," he said. "But I had all the comforts I needed - an air seat ride, heat and a stereo. It even has a radar that tells you how fast you're going."

What he didn't have was the take-out he promised to get. Nothing was open.

Seems to me this tractor trip is going an extra step for your patients.

One more thought. If you want to see the most magnificent miniature town, my sister has it set up in 130 square feet in the lower level of her home, 1200 A St. West. She'll have it open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a..m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. And she'll accept donations for the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home fund for a children's playground.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together. Merry Christmas, and may God bless you.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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