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 — Nearly 70 percent of families in Stevens County with children under the age of five have two working parents, and nearly 22 percent of families with young children live in poverty. In light of these statistics, advocates with the Greater Than MN project have been working to address the child care needs in the community since February 2014, and they are now looking for business leaders to share their expertise to find ways to support quality child care. Stevens County was one of the first rural counties to begin working on a comprehensive approach to child care issues through
MORRIS — In response to sexual misconduct allegations against a former Catholic priest who briefly served in Morris, representatives from the Diocese of St. Cloud will visit Assumption Catholic Church next Tuesday. In August, two women accused Father Donald Rieder of sexually abusing them in the 1960s. The women filed civil lawsuits suit against the Diocese of St. Cloud and the parishes they attended in Randall and Kimball. In September, Bishop Donald Kettler directed the Diocesan Response Team to hold listening sessions at all of the parishes where Rieder served.
MORRIS — Morris will be partnering with a sister city in Germany to learn more about community-level renewable energy projects. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement with Saerbeck, Germany, a city of about 7,200 people in North Rhine-Westphalia. The agreement will be officially signed by Mayor Sheldon Giese in a ceremony on Friday night in Minneapolis and is part of a larger program connecting Germany and the state of Minnesota on issues of renewable energy and climate protection. Under the partnership agreement, Morris and Saerbeck
MORRIS — Local first responders have a new tool in their arsenal to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Last year, the Minnesota Department of Health received a $4 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to provide a LUCAS 2 mechanical CPR device to every ambulance service and hospital across the state. The Stevens County Ambulance Service (SCAS) and Stevens Community Medical Center were both recipients of a LUCAS 2 device this month, one of which has already been put to use saving the life of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest in Stevens County Prior to the grant, the MD
MORRIS — Weekend evenings in Morris don't typically draw big crowds to main street.
Stevens County has been directed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to develop a corrective action plan for the county's demolition debris landfill. According to a letter from the agency, review of the county's 2014 annual water monitoring report found levels of arsenic, boron and manganese in monitoring wells near the facility that are above state limits. The corrective action plan needs to identify the extent of these chemicals in the groundwater near the landfill and suggest corrective action steps to "mitigate future release of these contaminants."
MORRIS — Community members celebrated the work of Randee Hokanson, executive director of the Stevens County Historical Society, at an open house retirement party on Thursday, Oct. 1. "When anyone retires, I think they desire to legacy," said Stevens County Historical Society President Ward Voorhees said during a brief ceremony. "I think this wonderful facility and the programming that's been done here the last 17 years will be your legacy." "One of the things I'm most pleased and proud that we were able to do as a whole county is this building," agreed Hokanson.
MORRIS — Morris resident Mike Vandenberg's passion for trains helped him recognize a potentially dangerous situation in downtown Morris earlier this summer, earning accolades from the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers last week. For much of the summer, downtown Morris was torn up as part of a road and sidewalk improvement project.
MORRIS – Stevens County will not raise taxes in 2016. At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary budget and levy for 2016, keeping the tax levy the same as 2015. The final budget and levy will be approved in December.
MORRIS — Just over two years after Morris' old elementary school building was demolished, construction on a new facility has finally begun on the property. Owners and members of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce gathered Monday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new assisted living senior community in Morris, Legacy Golden Horizons. The 30-unit facility will occupy approximately 3.5 acres at the corner of Seventh Street and College Avenue, and construction is expected to take between six and eight months. The facility will be owned by Pete Warnes and business partner Larry Hopfens