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Former Morris resident wins award for children’s book on endangered bear cubs

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MORRIS -- A former Morris resident has been recognized by the National Science Teachers Association for her recently-published children's book about rehabilitating bear cubs in Eastern Russia.


Lia Kvatum, a freelance writer based in Washington D.C., attended school in Morris though seventh grade, then graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary's Boarding School in Fairbault, Minn., in 1991. Her parents, Ed and Emma Kvatum, still reside in Morris.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.