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Young Northfield trio expecting nonfarm careers

From left to right: Jordan Tyler, Miles Tyler and Matthew Ruon
From left to right: Jordan Tyler, Miles Tyler and Matthew Ruon

It’s not your typical Minnesota farm family.

Simon and Vickie Tyler have raised three boys on their 220-acre farm near Northfield. Jordan and Miles Tyler were born in Simon’s native England, moving to Minnesota from a small plot of land near Manchester. Their unofficially  adopted brother, Matthew Ruon, came to Northfield in 2000, at the age of 11, after fleeing Sudan and spending time in an Ethiopian refugee camp. He has been living with the Tylers since then.

While Matthew (22), Jordan (19) and Miles (17) have grown up on their Mom’s family farm turned horse farm, none really sees agriculture as a future career path for himself. Matt graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield this spring and is facing the harsh reality of finding a job in the current economy. Jordan is a sophomore at St. Olaf and looking toward becoming a teacher. Miles has a year of high school left and is also considering St. Olaf, as well as other small, liberal-arts colleges.

In this video, the three of them talk about jobs, education, the economy, and life in rural areas and small towns.

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