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Super Senior: Lyle Hurtubise

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Lyle Hurtubise and Sons have a very large farm.

Reporter Joe Carroll: How many cows do you milk?

Lyle Hurtubise: About 900.

Through the years, Lyle has bought other farms around the Richford area. The family now owns and rents 1,700 acres of farmland. Lyle is the patriarch.

"When you do what you want to do or like to do, you know what I mean, you just do a better job," he said.

It's a far cry from the beginning.

"One tractor, a team of horses. Really, you had a team of horses!" Lyle said.

Lyle grew up on a farm in Richford, but wanted to buy some land and work for himself. In his early 20s he purchased some property. But there was something unusual about the farmhouse.

"You see the line up there in the woods there-- that's Canada," said Dora, Lyle's wife.

Many people in Northern Vermont can say they live close to the border, but few can say they live literally on it. The house is split down the 45th parallel, the official border between Canada and the U.S. Some say in the early years the surveyors weren't always accurate with their measurements. Lyle knew he bought a piece of the province along with his U.S. property. To the family, it's no big deal. For guests, it's an international visit without the need of a passport.

"I sit in the United States and Lyle sits in Canada to watch the news," Dora said.

They also own about 80 acres of land in Quebec, just north of the house.

Lyle and Dora have been married for almost 64 years. They have five kids.

Joe Carroll: What do you think of her?

Lyle Hurtubise: Oh, great. Oh yeah, oh yeah.

"What did I see in her??? A hard worker, good housekeeper, the best," Lyle said.

In truth, being a farmer's wife is a partnership. Not only did Dora cook, in the early days she also milked. Now, she still does the books for the dairy operation.

"That's my life," she said. "I love book work."

At 89 it's difficult for Lyle to get around and he says his memory isn't the best. One day he will never forget-- facing death on a beach nearly 70 years ago.

"I could hear it on the sides... the bullets," he recalled.

That day was D-Day, the allied invasion in France.

"I landed on a LCI, that's where you landed out in front, you know," he said.

Lyle was in the Army trained as a sniper. He says he saw horrors that he can't share. Since leaving the service he hasn't fired a gun.

"I know what they will do, you know what I mean," he said.

Lyle has passed on the day-to-day operations to his three sons.

"The main thing dad has taught us is to work together," son Oliver said.

Even as the farm got bigger, the Hurtubise family never forgot about their roots, a quality that translates no matter what country you're in.

Lyle and Dora say TV crews as far away from Japan have profiled their international border home.

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