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The crowd at a South Dakota Farm Alliance Rally on Feb. 12, 1985, that brought a reported 6,000 people to Pierre and convinced the entire state Legislature to go to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the state's farm community. (Daily Republic file photo)

1980S SERIES: Farm crisis unites a state

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the 1980s in the Mitchell area and the decade's impact on modern life.

It was supposed to be a joke.

"I think we should keep the grain and export the farmers," said President Ronald Reagan.

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