Regional journalist Ann Bailey reports that the American Crystal sugar beet harvest wrapped up about 16 days after it started, the quickest finish in at least 25 years. On the downside, the dry weather that allowed for a speedy harvest resulted in yields that averaged slightly less than 25 tons per acre.

Reporters Adam Kurtz and Pamela Knudson look at school nurses, who are on the front lines of identifying students who may be infected with the coronavirus. The Herald takes a look at how the role and duties of these professionals have changed since the COVID-19 public health emergency was declared in March.

An era ended with the death of Don Hylden, the last living grandson of the pioneers who settled the Pleasant Valley area in Walsh County. Bailey talked to friends and family who honored Hylden this week with a flag at half-mast and a tractor procession after his funeral.

Look for these stories and more in print and online on Friday and Saturday.