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Lyle Bartholomay (right), 75, who retired from farming last spring, is helping younger farmer Kelly Thompson with soybean harvesting near Wheatland, N.D. (Dave Wallis/Forum News Service)

For ‘retired’ farmers, lure of the combine hard to resist

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By Dave Olson

Forum News Service


When the days grow shorter and shadows grow longer, Lyle Bartholomay knows exactly where he wants to be.

In the cab of a Massey Ferguson combine, helping with the fall harvest.

Nevermind that he’s 75 and lives in West Fargo, N.D., having “retired” from his farm near Wheatland, N.D.

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