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. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time designed to raise public awareness about sexual violence and help educate communities about how to prevent it. This month, the Morris Police Department also released their 2015 annual report. While the city saw a decrease in the number of most serious crimes, there was a slight uptick in the number of reported sexual assaults — eight in 2015, compared to five in 2014, four in 2013 and three in 2012.
MORRIS — Aaron Carlson Corporation will be closing their Morris location. The decision was announced in a press release sent late Friday afternoon. The company employs 15 people in Morris. Carpenters at the shop have been on strike since April 11 in protest of alleged unfair labor practices, low wages, and their right to join a national carpenters union. "We are in an unfortunate situation, and have had to make the difficult decision to cease manufacturing operations at our plant in Morris," Jason Horner, owner of Aaron Carlson, said in the press release.
MORRIS — Riley Bros Construction was the lowest and only bidder for a project to upgrade the parking lots and sidewalks at Morris Area High School this summer. At a special meeting on Thursday, the Morris Area School Board accepted a bid of $304,000 from the local company for the project. Riley Bros was the only company to put in a bid on the parking lot project, but Superintendent Rick Lahn said it was still a fair amount. It was also "well below" the $450,000 the school board voted to levy district taxpayers when they approved the project in March.
MORRIS — The city of Morris received some bad news this week after bids for a new water treatment plant came in more than $3 million higher than anticipated. On Tuesday, City Manager Blaine Hill recommended that the Morris City Council wait to make a decision on the project until after the current legislative session is complete to see if two proposed legislative changes will result in more state funding for the project.
MORRIS — Last Saturday afternoon, college students and community members gathered on the second floor of City Center Mall to learn about self-defense. Nathan Schutz, head/master instructor at Strongheart Martial Arts Academy, led the attendees through a series of exercises designed to redirect energy from an attacker and help individuals get away from an unsafe situation.
MORRIS — Stevens County is looking into the cost and possible design of a new office and repair facility for the Stevens County Highway Department. The current highway department facility has a range of issues including air quality concerns, an aging electrical system, deteriorating sewer lines, poor water quality, and lack of space for storage and operations, County Engineer Todd Larson told the Stevens County Commissioners in a work session on Tuesday.
MORRIS — The Morris Police Department is warning residents of a potential scam where scammers are impersonating a staff member of Stevens County Human Services. In a release Friday, Chief Ross Tiegs said the MPD has recently heard from residents who have received calls, reportedly from Stevens County Human Services. The calls indicate the person will be visited by a representative of Stevens County Human Services, but to date no one has shown up for these visits.
MORRIS — Morris Area High School has banned t-shirts with two slogans — "Loud and Proud" and "Look Beyond" — after student demonstrations turned disruptive last Friday, April 15. On Wednesday, Morris Area High School Principal Bill Kehoe announced the decision to ban the specific slogans on shirts or other clothing at school and school-sponsored activities.
MORRIS — Due to low anticipated kindergarten enrollment, the Morris Area School District will eliminate one kindergarten section for the 2016 — 2017 school year. On Tuesday, the Morris Area School Board also voted to eliminate four paraeducator positions effective June 30 due to a decrease in IEP needs in the district.
MORRIS – University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Jacquie Johnson reacted with surprise to the first of three gifts from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler during Jacquie Fest on Friday,...