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 new nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through mentorship opportunities is looking for a full time executive director. The organization was founded by Commissioner Jeanne Ennen, who was awarded an $80,000 grant through the Bush Foundation to help develop a nonprofit program that will connect individuals and mentors throughout Stevens County. Last spring, Ennen hosted a series of community meetings across Stevens County designed to generate ideas and needs for a mentorship program in Stevens County. The top priority that emerged from the community meeting
MORRIS — At a special meeting on Monday, the Morris Area School Board voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Rick Lahn, interim superintendent of the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District, to be the next superintendent of the Morris Area School District. The board selected members Stan Wulf and Jamie Solvie to lead the contract negotiations with Lahn.
MORRIS — A planned summer project to redo Oregon Avenue in Morris may be put on hold until 2016 due to problems with paperwork for federal funding on the project. City Engineer Jeff Kuhn told the Morris City Council on Tuesday that problems with the federal paperwork on the project arose while engineers were in the process of getting final approval on the project design. "Part of the reason we're not going to be able to move this forward in the time frame that we want to, at this point, is that Oregon Avenue isn't on the federal aid system," explained Kuhn. The major focus of the prop
MORRIS – Disagreement about the chimes installed at Summit and Calvary Cemeteries in Morris arose at the Morris City Council’s meeting on Tuesday when about 30 residents asked the council...
How many times have you had this conversation standing in front of the bagged carrots at Willie's? Person 1: Hey! How are you? Person 2: Good. Busy! How are you? Person 1: Pretty good, also busy. Some weather out there? Person 2: Oh my gosh, it's cold. I can't wait for spring. Person 1: Same here. Stay warm! Until pretty recently, I had that conversation constantly — at the grocery store, at the Regional Fitness Center, at the library, all I could ever tell anyone about my life was that I was busy. Last December I started to think more about this idea.
MORRIS — A new addition to West Wind Village in Morris is set to open for residents on Monday, March 16. The new addition, named Wells Park, is the first major addition to the facility since the Rossberg Alzheimer's Unit was added in 1998. The 22,750 square foot addition includes 27 new resident rooms — 18 private rooms, eight "split double" rooms and one bariatric suite.
MORRIS — When Morris Area students graduate, they have a range of opportunities ahead of them.
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.