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A town’s tragedy

Three decades have passed since two bankers were gunned down near Ruthton in an act of violence never before seen in southwest Minnesota

September 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series looking back at the double murder that occurred 30 years ago Sunday outside of Ruthton. Long before there was O.J....

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Dec-31-13 5:48 AM

Oh yeah, classy picture. HA

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Sep-28-13 9:40 PM

So no one would forget Blythe and Thulin, Burch saw to it that a small memorial was erected in remembrance of them.

"They gave their lives for this little community," Burch said. "The least we could do is recognize them. That's my feeling anyway Correction- The town council voted to have a Memorial erected. Burch is to busy giving himself a pat on the back thru out this article. Truth be told, the only reason he was the mayor of little Ruthton, MN is because nobody else wanted the job. Keeping it real.

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Sep-26-13 11:05 PM

Why did the bank loan $40,000 to someone who was so stupid that he thought he could milk 60 cows on just 10 acres????

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Sep-26-13 8:18 PM

commonman--I don't think that the article gives the father and son "publicity," and I certainly don't think that it gives them any glory.

Remembering this ugly moment of our local history helps shed light on the TRAGEDY they brought about in a way that might actually help prevent future tragedy, rather than encouraging similar tragedies.

I'm glad that the paper is remembering the event.

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Sep-26-13 7:18 PM

I don't agree with giving these two nutcases any publicity. The kid was a screw up and his father was worthless as a parent. I'm tired of any press given to losers. I hope they rot in hell. Any future installments will only encourage future acts ala columbine.

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Sep-26-13 2:36 PM

Agreed. This was so well written. It bring back many painful memories, but it's a part of our past nonetheless, and should be remembered.

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Sep-26-13 11:33 AM

Really good, Jenny. And you debunked the theory that this was a farm crisis symbol right away, which was important to do. Some tried to paint it that way, but it was not. It was more a story about father, son and a lot of weird psychological and personal dynamics.

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Sep-26-13 10:23 AM

Well done, Jenny! I'm looking forward to reading the next two parts of the series.

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