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Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe Bob Lundergard retired earlier this month after working 45 years in the local pork processing plant. In those 45 years, he put together a string of 24 consecutive years of perfect attendance. He is shown with some of the honors he received from JBS, and a piggy bank given to him by his family.

JBS retiree recognized for perfect attendance

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WORTHINGTON -- Bob Lundergard moved to Worthington as a high school junior after his dad accepted a transfer from Omaha, Neb., to work at the new Armour's plant gearing up to open here in the mid-1960s.


The hours were steady, the work was hard and the pay was good, yet Bob's dad, Robert, gave him a bit of advice -- don't go out to the pork processing facility and apply for a job.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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