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Students with the University of Minnesota, Morris partnered with the West Central Research and Outreach Center to build a new habitat for chimney swifts, a native bird that has been displaced since the old elementary school building was torn down last year. (Kim Ukura/Sun Tribune)

Students build a new home for chimney swifts

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MORRIS – On Monday, April 21, students and faculty from the University of Minnesota, Morris and staff with the West Central Research and Outreach Center gathered in the Children’s Garden to dedicate the chimney swift tower, which will provide a new home for these native birds.


Chimney swifts are small, migratory, insect-eating birds that are native to this area, explained associate professor Margaret Kuchenreuther at the dedication.

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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.