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.
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MORRIS — Stevens County will add two new social workers in the department's children's unit, thanks in part to additional state funding for child protection measures. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 in favor of adding two new social workers in the children's unit, one to focus on child protection cases and another for children's mental health work. Commissioners Jeanne Ennen, Donny Wohlers and Bob Koptizke voted in favor of adding the positions, while Commissioners Phil Gausman and Ron Staples voted against. Funding for one position will come from
MORRIS — Although work on a street and sidewalk project in downtown Morris progressed more slowly than anticipated last week, crews hope to have most of the sidewalk work on the east side of Atlantic Avenue completed by mid-week. This means contractors could start removing some parking and front entrance restrictions to affected businesses at that time. Once work on sidewalks and corners on the east side of Highway 9 is completed, crews will move to begin work on the west side of the street.
MORRIS — The Morris Area Farmers Market will open this year's market season next Thursday, June 18 at 3 p.m. in a new location and with plans to make the market a weekly celebration of healthy eating and local foods. "We're striving to make this market year a town square type of feel, and that local foods is a part of the community building that we're doing," explained Mary Jo Forbord, chair of Morris Healthy Eating. This year, the market will be held just one day per week, Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.
This weekend, I'm getting out of town. By 5:30 on Friday afternoon, I'll be on the road with friends, heading to my parent's cabin in Wisconsin for a long weekend. It's my first weekend at the lake this year and I couldn't be more excited. I told a friend in the audience at the Kiwanis Talent Show that I was tempted to just write "I'm going to the cabin!" over and over again for this week's column. But better sense prevailed after I thought a bit more about why a weekend away is fun, and why I don't do them very often. It's pretty common to hear that Morris isn't a weekend destination.
MORRIS — Although this year's legislative session had mixed outcomes in many areas, one thing that's clear is that laws related to water quality are getting more stringent. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners met with Kurt Deter, a lawyer with Rinke Noonan and the county's legal advisor on ditch issues, to discuss the potential impacts of buffer strip legislation that has been a controversial part of Gov.
MORRIS – Piano player Paula Klein took first place in the second week of competition for the Kiwanis Talent Show. This week’s competition featured adult competitors, but Klein was the...
MORRIS — Residents of Morris and Stevens County will soon have a 'one stop shop' for issues related to public housing and affordable housing initiatives. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a "full transfer" of programs and assets from the Morris Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority to the Stevens County HRA. The Morris HRA serves two major functions in Morris, managing Grandview Apartments, a public housing facility, and administering the city's rental licensing program, explained Melanie Fohl, executive director of the Morris HRA. Fohl said the boards for the two or
MORRIS – Plans for a new 30-unit assisted living facility in Morris took another step forward on Tuesday when the Morris City Council approved an agreement for Tax Increment Financing...
MORRIS — The number of calls to the Morris Police Department continues to rise, but the number of serious and violent crimes declined again in 2014. On Tuesday, Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs presented his annual report on the Morris Police Department to City Manager Blaine Hill and civilian members of the Police Civil Service Commission: Peg Rinkenberger, John Amundson and Dale Peterson. While statistics alone can't tell a full story about the work being done by the Morris Police Department, they can offer a glimpse into what is happening in Morris.
MORRIS — What role can the arts play in community and economic development? This was the big question posed to attendees at the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit held at the University of Minnesota, Morris this week. During the conference, attendees were encouraged to look at the connections between art, economic development and challenging current narratives about rural America. "I really believe the stories that we tell ourselves and each other about the places we live and their potential and possibility are maybe the most important thing we can do," said Laura Zabel, executive dir