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Dr. David Truax has treated chiropractic patients in Farmington for more than 50 years. He has also been an active member of the community. He is pictured with Dr. Annie Mickelson, who nominated him for a humanitarian award.

Life of giving earns recognition for Farmington chiropractor

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Life of giving earns recognition for Farmington chiropractor
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Dr. David Truax has spent much of his life helping others. This month he got some recognition for his work.

Truax, a chiropractor in Farmington for the past 56 years, received the Humanitarian Award Feb. 8 from his alma mater, Northwestern Health Sciences University. It was recognition for years spent as a Boy Scout leader and a volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church as well as for the mission trips he has made in recent years to Peru and Haiti.


Dr. Annie Mickelson nominated Truax for the award without letting him know she was doing it. Mickelson owns Family Chiropractic, where the 77-year-old Truax continues to work part time treating patients who in some cases he has seen for more than 40 years.

The award came as a surprise to Truax. He was on his way to his school’s homecoming celebration, where the award was announced, when Mickelson called to let him know. At first, he said, he didn’t understand what she was telling him.

“It finally started to sink in,” he said. “It was really nice.”

Truax was a Boy Scout Master for 30 years with Farmington’s Troop 118 and continues to serve on the merit badge council. He has served as an elder, taught Sunday School and taken part in a puppet ministry at Trinity Lutheran.

More recently, Truax has gotten involved in mission work, traveling once to Peru and several more times to Haiti to provide chiropractic care. It’s something he’d wanted to do since eighth grade but never got around to until he reached his 70s.

“When you pray for something you get three answers, Yes, No and Wait,” Truax said. “I just had Wait a long time.”

The experience has been worth the wait, though. The trips can be exhausting, with patient-packed days stretching from 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., much longer than Truax is used to working these days.

“I come back all wiped out,” he said. “I put in long days. I don’t do that here anymore.”

He has taken several of his children and grandchildren along with him on the trips.

Truax continues to make the trips for much the same reason he continues to see patients well past the age most people retire: He enjoys it. He likes the work, and he likes dealing with people.

The recognition is just a bonus.

“I get embarrassed sometimes with the recognition,” he said. “I work (in Haiti) a lot, but I feel like I get more than I give.”

Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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