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Tilleman Motor Co.: A 40-year family business


Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Craig Tilleman, right, stands with his father Mike Tilleman in front of a Tilleman Motor Company sign Wednesday in Havre.

The roots and branches of Havre's Tilleman Motor Co. spread from a Chinook NFL player to his son, who worked as a chemical engineer, with the company serving the Hi-Line for more than 40 years. 

"I think my dad and I are both the kind of people that if you need to put a flag at the top of the mountain we'll charge up the hill and get it done," Craig Tilleman said.

Mike Tilleman, original owner and Craig Tilleman's father, started Tilleman Motor Co. in 1977, shortly after retiring from the NFL and moving back home to Chinook. He was born in Chinook, raised on a ranch outside of Zurich and...

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