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 — On Tuesday, the Morris City Council voted to amend the purchase agreement with Riley Bros. Properties for the old elementary school property to help facilitate a sale to the Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Under the original purchase agreement, the city maintained the right to repurchase any property that remained undeveloped after five years.
MORRIS — Morris resident Sue Granger is the most recent recipient of the Pay it Forward Stevens County Award. She was nominated by members of the Pomme de Terre Garden Club for "her many efforts to make Morris a beautiful place." As a member of the Morris Tree Board, Granger has written grants to help pay for the purchase and planting for many trees in the Morris community. The newly-planted trees along Highway 28 came about as the result of her efforts to acquire funding and coordinate planting for the project.
MORRIS – A 21-year-old man was found not guilty of two counts of criminal sexual conduct after being accused of assaulting a woman at a party in Morris in February...
MORRIS — When asked to come up with a punchy, concise description of the plot, characters and themes of her debut novel, "Charmed Particles," novelist Chrissy Kolaya struggled. "This book is weird and difficult to explain concisely," she said. "Charmed Particles," out Nov. 10 from Dzanc Books, is set in a small, rural Illinois town that is home to both a living history museum and a laboratory studying high-energy particle physics.
MORRIS — If you're the kind of person awake at about 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays, you may have heard Rebekah Aanerud over the airwaves Since 2012, Aanerud has produced and hosted Stevens County Ag Blast, a five minute radio show that airs on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 6:35 a.m.
MORRIS — Are too many regulations hurting the market for child care in rural Minnesota? Members of the Minnesota House Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy Committee visited Morris on Tuesday, Nov. 3 for a listening session on the challenges related to child care in rural Minnesota. The meeting in Morris, which was attended by more than 40 providers and parents, was organized by Rep.
MORRIS — In a visit to the University of Minnesota, Morris earlier this week, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said he felt confident the university will find a qualified candidate to take over for Chancellor Jacquie Johnson when she retires in July. "It's an incredibly attractive job in American higher education," Kaler said. "It's not very Minnesotans to brag, but I would say (UMM is) one of the premier public liberal arts education institutions in the country.
MORRIS — The value of tillable land for taxes payable in 2017 will decrease from 1 to 3 percent, a change after several years of double-digit value increases, Stevens County Assessor Judy Thorstad told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. "There's something happening with the market ... I felt like I needed to acknowledge what's happening in the market but I didn't feel comfortable doing more than 3 percent on the tillable," said Thorstad. Over the last few years, the county has seen value increases of more than 25 percent.
MORRIS — Although Stevens County avoided the outbreak of avian influenza that decimated the state's poultry industry this spring, a local company was heavily involved in the disaster response. West Central Environmental Consultants has been connected to preparations for an avian influenza outbreak since 2006 when the company was contracted to help "operationalize" the state's avian flu response, said Michael Starkey, emergency planning director for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. "In one of these foreign animal diseases, there are a lot of activities that need to take place.
MORRIS — Beginning in November, the city of Morris will add a "stormwater administrative fee" to local utility bills to help cover anticipated costs related to cleaning up the city's polluted storm water. The fee will be $5 per bimonthly bill for residential customers and $10 per bill for commercial customers, for a total of $30 or $60 per year. City Manager Blaine Hill estimated the fee would generate about $55,000 to $60,000 per year for the city to use on storm water management and administration.