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.
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MORRIS — A 21-year-old man is facing two counts of criminal sexual conduct after allegedly assaulting a woman at a house party in Morris in early February. Cody Reinke of Waterville, Minn., has been charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. According to court documents, Reinke met the victim, a woman approximately 20 years old, at a house party in Morris. After inviting the woman into the basement, Reinke started to kiss and grope her while sitting on a couch.
MORRIS — Morris' newest restaurant, China Panda, opened without much official publicity last Friday, Feb. 27. The restaurant was so full over the weekend that owner Angel Li had to close up shop for the first three days in March to order more food and bring in more staff. China Panda, located at 305 Atlantic Avenue in the old Hometown Bakery building, opened again on Wednesday and has been doing brisk business all week. Li said her family decided to open a restaurant in Morris because many University of Minnesota, Morris students came to their first restaurant in Glenwood.
MORRIS — Bidding is now open for the first phase in a two-year improvement project to County State Aid Highway 1 that will begin this summer. The project will include regrading and paving CSAH 1 between Highway 9 and CSAH 10 north of Hancock. Bids for the first phase, regrading, will be opened on March 25 at 10 a.m. at the Stevens County Highway Department. The anticipated start date for the grading project is May 26, 2015, but County Engineer Todd Larson told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday the start date will depend on the weather.
MORRIS - Due to the blizzard warning and under the recommendation of Stevens County and National Weather Service, the Morris Area School District will be closed today, Tuesday, March 3...
MORRIS — Jim and Nina Overland are the most recent recipients of the Pay it Forward Stevens County Award. The Overlands were nominated by Diane Nelson of Morris, who outlined their many volunteer commitments in the community. They were presented with the award on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Morris Sun Tribune office. "Jim and Nina are very involved in their church — First Lutheran of Morris," wrote Nelson.
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