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 — In his first week as an intern at Superior Industries, Morris Area senior Billy Bearson learned how to program and weld using a robot. In his second week, Bearson spent time in the company's components division with welder Brian Watson. "I like having somebody more knowledgeable than me watching everything I do so they can give me pointers and make me better," said Bearson. Watson was similarly impressed with the skills Bearson had demonstrated so far — "I spent less time (teaching) him than some of the people we hire who've been to weld school," said Watson.
MORRIS — Water was a hot-button issue for farmers, conservationists, local residents and politicians at a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Jeff Backer and Sen. Torrey Westrom at the Morris Public Library on Friday, Feb.
MORRIS — After a full day of interviews, tours and meetings with staff and community members of the Morris Area superintendent search committee will recommend entering into negotiations with Rick Lahn, interim superintendent of the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District. The full Morris Area School Board will hold a special meeting to review the recommendation from the search committee and set parameters for contract negotiations on Tuesday, March 3 at the district office. Lahn began his educational career as a social studies teacher in St. Cloud, Minn.
MORRIS — Should the Morris Area School District contract with a private company to provide bus service for students? The Morris Area School Board considered this question at a work session on Tuesday, Feb. 17 organized by Superintendent Diane Moeller. "From a management perspective, I get the implications of a move like this," said Moeller.
MORRIS — The city of Morris will need to go through a few extra steps to annex in about 12.4 acres of property for the Morris Industrial Park. City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday that the city needs to give notice to the Darnen Township board that the city intends to annex the property. According to an Orderly Annexation Agreement signed in 1978 and an amendment from 2005, the city needs to give 30 days notice to the township that the city intends to annex the property, Hill said. After the 30-day notice period is over, the city council can approve a res
MORRIS – The Morris Area School District will bring back three superintendent candidates for final interviews on Thursday, Feb. 26. After interviewing five candidates on Friday , the superintendent search...
MORRIS — Frigid temperatures over the weekend created a challenge for local firefighters responding to a fire at a construction site in Morris late Sunday afternoon. Just after 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, Stevens County Dispatch received a report of a construction trailer on fire at the site of the Grandstay Hotel and Suites on east Highway 28 in Morris. The Morris Fire Department responded to the scene with 19 firefighters, two engines, one heavy rescue truck, and one water tanker.
MORRIS — Ten years ago today, three area soldiers deployed with the Minnesota National Guard were killed in Iraq. Staff Sergeant David Day of Morris, Sergeant Jesse Lhotka of Appleton and First Lieutenant Jason Timmerman of Tracy were serving overseas with the C Company of the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery based out of Morris. Day, Lhotka and Timmerman were killed on Feb. 21, 2005 by an improvised explosive device (IED) while working to rescue injured troops after a Humvee in their convoy rolled over.
MORRIS — This summer, Stevens County completed a surveying and inspection project on County Ditch 2, located southwest of Chokio. This fall, two landowners on the system expressed concerns about maintenance on the ditch, Assistant Ditch Inspector Dan Lissick told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. The proposed improvement project would include flattening out a long berm that prevents water from draining properly and removing trees that are close to the ditch.
MORRIS — To stay ahead of potential state mandates, Stevens County will be applying for grant funding to do an inventory of buffer strips along protected waters and put together a plan to encourage landowners to add buffer strips in the county. Matt Solemsaas, district administrator for the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District, and Jared House, project coordinator with the Pomme de Terre River Association, presented information about the grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. House said the grant is related to a