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Mike Balk demonstrates the pipe bender that was used to make exhaust systems at Balk Automotive. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Exhausting work: Mike Balk retires from muffler business

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WORTHINGTON -- Mike Balk never strayed too far from the neighborhood where he grew up.

Sure, he spent three years serving in the U.S. Army overseas, but then it was back to Worthington, and eventually the business his dad started just across the street from the family homestead.


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Beth Rickers
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