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 both business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS — Since 2005, the LTD Motorcycle Memorial Tour has wound through west central Minnesota each July, providing an opportunity for veterans and community members to honor three area soldiers who were killed overseas. Although this year, the 10th annual ride, will be the last one, organizers and participants know that Sergeant Jesse Lhotka of Appleton, First Lieutenant Jason Timmerman of Tracy, and Staff Sergeant David Day of Morris will not be forgotten, recognized with the theme "Until We Meet Again." The LTD Ride was started in the summer of 2005 to honor Lhotka, Timmerman and Da
MORRIS — Stevens County will look into the cost of hiring a private firm to complete an annual audit, now that changes to state law allows the county to do so. Earlier this month, Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Amanda Barsness received a letter from the Office of the State Auditor for auditing services for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Barsness said the engagement letter is unusual because it normally arrives in February or March of the year the audit is taking place and is generally only for one year.
MORRIS — Theater fans of Morris will have the chance to audition for a musical to be performed this fall, thanks to a new collaboration hoping to bring Plays in the Park. St.
MORRIS — The city of Morris is looking into a variety of funding sources to help offset the cost of proposed new water treatment plant for the city. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council voted to submit an application for a Point Source Implementation Grant through the state of Minnesota. This is a new funding opportunity the city can take advantage of for the water treatment plant project. During the last legislative session, the law was changed to allow local units of government to use this grant program for water treatment plants.
MORRIS — This week, new traffic lights were turned on in downtown Morris. Although the street project didn't add new turn lanes — there's no room without losing downtown parking spaces — the new traffic lights are designed to help cars move more efficiently through downtown during peak traffic times. But change can initially bring confusion, and the signals are no exception.
Photo for this one — 15 June — FFA State Degree Candidates FFA students successful at state convention From April 26 to 28, 61 Morris Area FFA members traveled to the Twin Cities for the 86th annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. Approximately 3,000 FFA members from across the state were in attendance.
Ira Hoffman of Morris is one of 17 students awarded the Artist Mentor Award from the Lake Region Arts Council. The award recognizes students who are skillful, passionate and driven in the artistic endeavor of their choice. Each student will be creating high-quality art this summer as they are mentored by a professional artist assigned by Lake Region Arts Council, or attending an artistic workshop in their art discipline.
MAHS speech hands out awards The Morris Area High School speech team held their annual awards banquet on Friday, May 15. The following awards were given out: Most Improved — Jolene McNeill Sparkplug — Annie Brandt and Agnes Dieter MVP — Jessica Burks Sue Hauger Spirit Award — Kelsey Curfman and Caitlin Wilts Rookie of the Year — Kendra Wevley Most Dedicated — Christopher Tiernan and Hailey Thielke
Headshot for this one — 15 June — Andrea Bobrick RUSC Kinship Mentoring hires executive director Raising Up Stevens County Kinship Mentoring is making progress towards actively carrying out its mission to provide mentoring opportunities in Stevens County by hiring Andrea Bobrick as a full time executive director. RUSC Kinship Mentoring began as a grassroots movement led by County Commissioner Jeanne Ennen who was awarded a Bush Fellowship in 2013.
MORRIS — Tori Fuhrman of Morris was named Miss Morris Area 2015 on Saturday, July 11 at a competition at Morris Area High School. Corrina Swiggum of Prior Lake, Minn., was named Miss Midwest 2015. Tara Matthiesen of St. Augusta was named Miss Morris Area First Runner Up. Matthiesen is a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Miss Midwest First Runner Up was Courtney Igbo-Ogbonna of St. Paul. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the scholarship competition in Morris.