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 — Stevens County won't raise taxes in 2016, but will need to significantly spend down county reserves to balance the proposed budget. County Coordinator Becky Young reviewed the preliminary 2016 budget and levy at the county's Truth in Taxation meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Stevens County Courthouse. The proposed budget includes about $14.47 million in projected expenditures, a 4.4 percent increase over 2015, and about $7 million in projected revenues, a 6 percent increase from 2015.
MORRIS — Over the last 25 years, volunteer coach Don Goracke has inspired student athletes to do their very best, both in practice and when the game is on the line. Goracke was recognized for his commitment to local athletics on Tuesday, Dec.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School District will start two hours late on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The district announced the late start through an Instant Alert on Tuesday morning.
MORRIS — Despite the fact that about 16 percent of the population of Stevens County is over 65 years old, the Morris Senior Citizen's Club has been having a hard time finding new members to keep the organization active and their building open. Two different programs operate in cooperation from Morris Senior Center at 603 Oregon Avenue, the Morris Senior Citizens' Club and Nutritional Services, which operates the meal program and Meals on Wheels.
MORRIS — Despite his reputation as a "techie" teacher, Austen Miller said he only spends, at most, an hour a day having his second graders working with technology. "Technology is part of our everyday learning — it's a support to what we're already doing," said Miller, but "it's still really important, obviously, to read books to the kids, do the arts and crafts lessons, do the hands on stuff ...
MORRIS — A Morris family is thankful for the community support they received after their son's service animal ran away last week. Amy Brandt said that Rocket, an Australian Shepherd, is like a lifeline for her son, Dylan, a seventh grader at Morris Area High School who has been diagnosed with autism. Dylan experiences a lot of anxiety and can have trouble expressing himself verbally, but animals seem to have a calming effect, helping alleviate those symptoms, explained Amy. "If he's with animals, he'll open up, he'll talk with you — that's why we decided to start keeping our d
MORRIS — The push for a community pool in Morris is gearing up again, but the small group of volunteers leading the effort are looking for more help to try and make it a reality. The Morris Area Aquatic Park Committee held its first public informational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Regional Fitness Center to solicit more volunteer help on the project. A small group of volunteers has been meeting monthly since July 2015 discussing the potential for an outdoor pool in Morris.
MORRIS — The Morris City Council voted Tuesday to bring a water service line out to Pomme de Terre Park to provide city water to the campground, splash park and remodeled shelter because current well water is no longer adequate. The project was prompted by a plan to remodel the current park shelter. Early this year, the city was awarded a $119,000 Parks and Trails Legacy Grant to remodel the shelter. The new building will include two new showers/bathrooms, updates to the old bathrooms and a community room for campers and community members to use.
MORRIS — Good weather throughout the growing season led to a strong harvest, but low prices for crops like corn and soybeans mean farmers will see low profits this year. "In a nutshell, the yields were great and the prices are terrible," said Paul Groneberg, a crop consultant and agronomist with Centrol Crop Consulting. "It was a good year, but a lot of the grain, especially corn, a lot of beans too, went into storage because the prices are too low — farmers are waiting for better prices." Corn and soybeans are the two biggest crops in Minnesota. According to the U.S.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Deputy Graham Holtberg from the Stevens County Sheriff's Office after 10 years of service. Since 2007, Holtberg has been the handler for Rico, the county's K-9 officer.