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Holiday banners help brighten main street

MORRIS – More than 56 individuals and businesses contributed over $32,000 in donations and in-kind contributions to help buy new holiday lights for downtown Morris as part of the Community Pride Project, a collaboration between the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Morris and a committee of Stevens County residents.

The new, lighted wreaths were turned on for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 14 in a ceremony before Morris’ Grand Parade of Lights.

Right now, committee members are in the process of choosing images for the second phase of the project, year-round banners that will feature photos of amenities in Stevens County.

Chamber Administrative Director Rhoda Smith said they will be moving into phase three of the project – fundraising for flowers, benches and other amenities for downtown Morris – shortly. The committee also plans to raise money for the ongoing maintenance of all the downtown decorations, with a total goal of about $50,000.

The holiday decorations will be up until the end of the winter when the new banners will be ready to be installed.

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. 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. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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