Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. 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 — The University of Minnesota plans to immediately re-launch the search for a new chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Chancellor Jacquie Johnson, who had planned to step down effective July 1, has agreed to remain in her role through at least the fall 2016 semester, University of Minnesota Eric Kaler announced Thursday in an e-mail to UMM faculty, staff and students. "Despite the unfortunate outcome of the search this past spring, I am confident that we will find the right person to lead UMM into the future," Kaler said.
MORRIS — Local voters will have many choices to make this November, with contested races for the Minnesota House, Senate and all three open seats on the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. The filing period for federal, state and county offices officially closed on Tuesday, May 31. Minnesota Legislature
MORRIS — Two Republicans will face off in a primary election to see who will face Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL) in the general election in November. The two candidates are Dave Hughes of Karlstad, Minnesota and Amanda Lynn Hinson of Long Prairie. Hughes was endorsed by Republicans in Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District at their convention in Alexandria in April. He was selected by delegates of the 38 counties that comprise the district by a majority of 60 percent or more in the first round of balloting.
MORRIS — The Morris community had the chance to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month last week, when parents and students could be seen out in the lawn adjacent to Morris Area Elementary School playing a rousing game of flag football. Some students played Big Base, while others spent time jogging or power walking. These activities were all part of Fitness Fun Day, an annual event organized by the MAES physical education department that is helping to expand the idea of what physical education means.
The past week, the 2016 Minnesota Legislative session came to a chaotic close. I'm sure most Minnesotans didn't watch and couldn't stomach the messy end to another legislative session.
MORRIS — Republican members of the Minnesota House of Representatives stopped in Morris Thursday as part of a tour around Minnesota urging Governor Mark Dayton to call a special session and pass a bonding and transportation bill that failed to pass both the House and Senate at the end of the legislative session.
MORRIS — Plans for a new water treatment plant in Morris remain in limbo after the Minnesota Legislature failed to agree on bonding bill that included state funding to help offset the cost of the $17 million project. On Tuesday, Kris Swanson, the city's engineer with Bolton and Menk, updated the Morris City Council on the the status of the project and offered an update on what the legislative inaction means going forward.
MORRIS — Stevens County will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, June 1 for citizens to review preliminary buffer maps produced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. At the open house there will be printed maps for constituents to review and persons on hand to answer questions, County Engineer Todd Larson said. The open house will be at the Stevens County Courthouse (400 Colorado Avenue) in the commissioner's board room on the second floor.
Given the number of debates, the volume of campaign commercials, and the multitude of election-related think pieces being published in print and online, you'd think that this year's general election was coming soon. In reality, we've still got more than five months to go. Hooray? Letters to the editor are something I enjoy reading in the newspaper each week. While some letters can get a little nasty, especially as the campaign season rolls on, I appreciate the chance to hear what my neighbors think on topics that are important to our community, region and state.
MORRIS — Last weekend, University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Jacquie Johnson participated in her final commencement ceremony after 10 years leading the institution. During the 'farewell tour' of her final year on campus and during her final commencement ceremony, Johnson reflected the fit that she has felt as chancellor at UMM: "I have often said that there is no perfect job... but I have thought that over the course of the last 10 years that this job, for me, has been about as perfect as any could be."