Straight Talk — Volatile Times

Whenever I get down about the economy, I recall how much worse things were in the early 1980s, especially for folks in rural areas. We recently passed the 29th anniversary of a terrible incident which demonstrates how dangerous things were.

On Sept. 29, 1983, 18-year-old Steven Jenkins killed two bankers on a farm in southwestern Minnesota. The victims, Rudy Blythe and Toby Thulin, had been lured to the farm by James Jenkins, Steven’s father. Blythe owned the Buffalo Ridge State Bank in Ruthton, Minn., and had taken the 10-acre dairy farm back . . .

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