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 — Last Thursday, Jan. 14, the courtroom at the Stevens County Courthouse was filled with sounds that can be unfamiliar in a court proceeding — clapping, laughter, and the melody of "You Are More" by Tenth Avenue North playing from computer speakers. Community members had gathered to celebrate the first graduate of the Eighth Judicial District's drug court program, Morris resident Courtney Wait.
MORRIS — The Morris Area School District is thinking outside the box when it comes to energy conservation and energy use. Ann Arney, an energy consultant with ICS Consulting, gave an update on the district's progress at the Morris Area School Board's meeting on Tuesday. The district hired ICS in 2014 to provide project oversight, management and technical services for several HVAC and energy projects that have been completed over the last year.
MORRIS — More than half of the money spent by Stevens County Human Services in 2015 was spend on mental health services, a trend new Director Liberty Sleiter doesn't see changing in 2016. Sleiter presented the Stevens County Board of Commissioners with a year-end update at their regular meeting on Tuesday. Last year, human services spent about $465,000 on mental health programming for both children and adults — "That's a bulk of our program costs ... I see it only going up," Sleiter said.
MORRIS — In December, the Morris Area School District received a $124,877 rebate check from from OtterTail Power Company as a result of an energy improvement project completed last year. The district began working with McKinstry, an engineering firm from Osseo, Minnesota, last year to make improvements across the two school buildings that would make them more efficient. Every light in both buildings and parking lots has been upgraded to LEDs, the building ventilation and automation systems were improved, and a digital control system was added.
The Stevens County Historical Society and Museum began the new year with two new staff members, ready to bring fresh energy and ideas to the organization. "We want to make (the museum) a place that people want to come and learn about and find out why history matters," said Executive Director Kate Sauers. "History affects our present and affects our future. We all have our own personal histories, and the history around us — whether it's local or national scale — affects all of us."
MORRIS — The city of Morris will scale back plans for a shelter improvement at Pomme de Terre Park after architect's estimates and bids from contractors came back higher than expected. "Leading into the bids, we knew that the costs were higher than what we thought they were going to be," City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday. "The bids came in fairly high. ... It really depends how hungry contractors are."
MORRIS - In 2015, the Morris Municipal Liquor Store topped $2 million in sales, making it one of the increasingly rare rural municipal liquor operations still making money. That’s been...
The Morris Area School District is making progress as part of the state's World's Best Workforce program, but more work needs to be done to improve student literacy in all grades. Superintendent Rick Lahn gave a presentation on the district's World's Best Workforce initiatives at the School Board's reorganizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 4.
At their first meeting of 2016, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners reviewed a preliminary overview of how county revenue and expenses compared to the budget for 2015. A number of departments including the sheriff's office, recorder and assessor, received less revenue than anticipated. County Coordinator Becky Young said that was likely due to industry trends where more information is available online for free. On the whole, however, most county departments were very close to both their revenue and expenditure projects.
MORRIS – Stevens County didn’t have to wait long to welcome the first baby of 2016. Joselyn Sophia Jimenez was born on Jan. 2, 2016 at Stevens Community Medical Center...