Leon Bertsch injured his Achilles heel while playing kickball last month during the Hillsboro Days celebration. While recuperating from surgery at home, the 53-year-old died unexpectedly Monday. Neighbors, lots of neighbors, stepped in Sunday, with a caravan of combines and grain trucks that made quick work of Bertsch’s barley.
As a single mother of two and a four-year employee of American Crystal Sugar’s plant in Hillsboro, N.D., Rochelle Harley never had trouble making ends meet until the company’s lockout put her out of work 10 months ago. Harley and about 100 other workers rallied in front of American Crystal’s headquarters here Wednesday in the final stage of a 200-mile march that began last week.
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