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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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."
MORRIS — Parents and community members concerned about how much time kids spend indoors are leading the charge on a project to build an outdoor learning classroom at Morris Area Elementary School. The project would help extend classroom learning to the outdoors, cultivate a love of nature and exploration for students, and offer hands-on and experiential learning, parent Jenny Zeltwanger told the Morris Area School Board on Tuesday.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, acting as the county drainage authority, approved a petition from Mark Huebner to add four 40-acre parcels of land into County Ditch 1. All four parcels are surrounded by land that pays benefits into CD1, and it's clear the land already drains into the ditch system, County Engineer Todd Larson said. Huebner requested to have the parcels included in the system and pay ditch benefits in order to complete a project designed to hold water back from the system, Larson said.
MORRIS — Should Stevens County ban e-cigarettes wherever use of tobacco products is currently banned? On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners reviewed ordinances that would update the county's current tobacco sale and licensing ordinance and bring the county into compliance with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act. The county's current tobacco ordinance was passed in 1998, and needs to be updated to reflect language related to packaging, compliance checks, fines, and the process for addressing violations, said County Coordinator Becky Young.
MORRIS — The Morris Police Department is looking for the public's help investigating a robbery at Common Cup Coffee House in Morris late last week. The MPD was called to the coffee shop on Friday, May 13 on a reported theft of cash that occurred in the late night hours of May 12 or the early morning hours of May 13. No signs for forced entry were located. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Morris Police Department at 320-208- 6500.
MORRIS - The filing period for federal, state and county offices up for election in the Nov. 8, 2016 general election runs from Tuesday, May 17 through Tuesday, May 31...
MORRIS — More than 70 students from across the state of Minnesota, including students from Morris and Hancock, visited the welding school at Superior Industries/Westmor to test their welding prowess in a Welding Showdown on Thursday, May 5. During the competition, the students were given 25 minutes to complete a dual application welding assignment in the school's lab using both shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding.
MORRIS — Aaron Carlson Corporation closed their Morris location last Friday, following nearly a month of picketing by carpenters at the company. In response, employees looking to have the company voluntarily recognize a union filed for injunctive relief with the National Labor Relations Board. They've also filed additional charges of unfair labor practices due to their terminations.
MORRIS — In response to student conflict at Morris Area High School, administrators invited staff with Youth Frontiers, an organization based in the Twin Cities that works to foster kindness, courage and respect among middle and high school students, to host a series of respect retreats for current students.