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Hi-Line Living: The Haldemanns

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Havre Daily News / Floyd Brandt

John and Betty Haldemann, both nearly in their 90s, have a large ranch 25 miles south of Chinook, deep in the Bear Paw Mountains.

The couple - he is 87, she 88 - work on the ranch regularly. Betty, who traverses the multi-thousand-acre grounds on a three-wheeler, clips the strings off hay bales and takes care of the small animals - sheep and guinea hens. John, on the other hand, likes to get by on his favorite piece of machinery, the swather.

The Haldemanns don't work as hard as they used to. Their 29-year-old daughter, Alba, does most of the heavy lifting. But, Betty pointed out, "We're...

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