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 — 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
MORRIS — Morris Area High School teacher Peg Rinkenberger is the most recent recipient of the Pay it Forward Stevens County Award. Rinkenberger was nominated by three Morris Area seniors who are part of the Student Council — Mallory Arnold, Brooke Mattson, and Ashlee Koehl — and fellow teacher Nick Milbrandt. All four nominators praised Rinkenberger's selfless spirit and commitment to helping others through service and community activism. "By being a representative in Student Council, we have been taught to always be aware of the needs among the community, school, and ou
MORRIS — Even though issues of sex and consent can be difficult to talk about, Rep. Erin Murphy, the state's deputy minority leader from St. Paul, said she believes the negative consequences for young men and women make the issues important. Muphy held a discussion with about 30 students at the University of Minnesota, Morris on Tuesday night about a bill she introduced last spring requiring college campuses to include affirmative consent in their student policies.
MORRIS — The city of Morris has hired engineering firm Bolton and Menk to design a new water treatment plant after two state funding sources for the project were approved. Work done during the last legislative session means the city of Morris has qualified for a $3 million grant from the state of Minnesota for the plant, and is eligible for a low interest loan through the Minnesota Department of Health's Drinking Water Revolving Fund. These two sources represent "the funding package we were shooting for," engineer Kris Swanson told the Morris City Council on Tuesday. But in order to
MORRIS — The Morris Area School Board voted Monday to certify the maximum amount for the preliminary 2016 levy. It's traditional for districts to approve the maximum levy amount for the preliminary certification, Superintendent Rick Lahn told members of the board. School district property tax levies are limited by state law and calculated by the Minnesota Department of Education.
MORRIS — At the core of the Stevens County Law Enforcement Center is the dispatch center. The dispatch desk — home to nine computer screens showing courthouse cameras, radio traffic, computer aided dispatch and more — is staffed 24-hours per day, seven days per week by a team of seven employees who provide a link between citizens and emergency responders during some of their most difficult moments.
MORRIS — Members of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners said they do not want to raise taxes on county residents in 2016. At their meeting on Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners reviewed a draft budget that included a 3.34 percent levy increase, about $94,000, over the 2015 tax levy. However, the board directed County Coordinator Becky Young to look at a spend down of country reserves to eliminate the tax levy increase in 2016. "Looking at the audit from last year, we gained $1 million in excess money last year — we're over-taxing the people in Stevens Cou
Bill Kehoe is familiar with the Morris area – he’s lived in Stevens County since elementary school – but is still settling into his new role as principal of Morris...