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New Fashion Pork breaks ground for new feed mill in Round Lake

Nobles County commissioners and Round Lake officials join the Freking family in a groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon at the site of the New Fashion Pork feed mill in Round Lake. Shown are County Commissioners Bob Demuth Jr. (from left) and Donald Linssen, the Frekings: Susan, Brad and Meg, Round Lake Mayor Doug Knuth, City Clerk Elaine Walker and Council member Walon Habben, and Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)1 / 3
Susan (from left), Brad and Meg Freking fill shovels with dirt to celebrate Wednesday's groundbreaking for a New Fashion Pork feed mill in Round Lake. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)2 / 3
The crew from New Fashion Pork celebrates the groundbreaking of its new feed mill in Round Lake Wednesday afternoon. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)3 / 3

ROUND LAKE — It was an exciting afternoon in Round Lake Wednesday, as leaders of New Fashion Pork, the city of Round Lake and Nobles County gripped shovels and broke ground on the site of the future New Fashion Pork feed mill.

Construction is slated to start later this month on the state-of-the-art mill, with completion anticipated by mid-summer 2019. Once in operation, the mill will process approximately 570 tons of feed per day, five days per week.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking was the culmination of about three years of planning, noted New Fashion Pork CEO and owner Brad Freking.

He and his sister, Susan, grew up about six miles northeast of the site of the new feed mill, and graduated from Round Lake High School.

“For us to do a project here, it’s a big deal,” he said.

The mill will be constructed directly east of Crystal Valley Cooperative’s grain elevator on Rohrer Street.

For more of this story, see Saturday's print edition and dglobe.com.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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