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Turkeys' final days on the Hi-Line

EAST END COLONY - As people across the Hi-Line got ready to celebrate Thanksgiving earlier this week, local Hutterite colonies were also hard at work preparing for a regional feast. And while many families were undoubtedly scrambling to receive their holiday visitors, the quintessential Thanksgiving guests - the turkeys - arrived months ago.

They came by the dozens in late July. The birds, just 2 or 3 days old, flew in from Minnesota, migrating by mail and arriving at the Havre post office, said Peter Wipf, 57, who raises the turkeys at Hilldale Colony.

About 430 turkeys went to Hilldale th...


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