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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CORRECTION: The original article stated the tourism effort was a venture with the Morris Chamber of Commerce. The correct name is the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. MORRIS, Minn. -- Morris' rural location and wealth of agriculture-related activities could be the starting point for bringing tourists to town.
A change in the way the Federal Aviation Administration funds airport projects could mean abandoning or delaying a planned project to add a parallel taxiway to the Morris Municipal Airport, City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday. Instead of funding 95 percent of a project, the FAA is now only funding projects at 90 percent. This means the City of Morris would need to provide an additional $65,000 in the local share of the project, bringing the total cost up to about $130,000. "I'm not sure I'm ready to do that because that's quite a bit of money," said Hill.
MORRIS, Minn. - By Kim Ukura Sun Tribune The Morris City Counci authorized city staff to move forward with engineering and financing feasibility studies for a 2013 road improvement project on the west side of Morris at their regular meeting on Tuesday. The project, as currently planned, will include improvements to the sanitary sewer, water and storm sewer lines, as well as new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and paving. Streets included in the project are West 9th, 10th and 11th Streets from Park Ave. to Pacific Ave., Nevada Ave. from West 11th to West 8th Street and Idaho Ave.
MORRIS, Minn. - Residents of the City of Morris won't see any changes to where they vote this November after the Morris City Council voted to reestablish the city's election precincts with the same boundaries at their meeting Tuesday night. The city is required to reestablish voting precincts after the state sets new legislative districts every 10-year census. The legislative redistricting did not impact the voting precincts in Morris - Stevens County, as a whole, remained in a single district - or require any major changes.
MORRIS, Minn. - The moment Ryan Schamp realized he needed to change his lifestyle was when a doctor didn't bother to tell him his weight was a problem. On a visit to a local physician for an unrelated issue, Schamp weighed in at 360 pounds. "I was just flabbergasted," said Schamp. "The thing that bothered me most about it was that the doctor didn't even care because it was the first time he'd ever seen me. Back in my hometown, when my doctor saw me he'd just rag on me - 'Come on man, you used to be an athlete! You need to get back in shape!'.
MORRIS, Minn. - Rep. Torrey Westrom and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen were in Morris last Friday for a town hall meeting at DeToy's Restaurant where they discussed the state budget forecast, the debate on the voter ID amendment and upcoming concerns for rural Minnesota. "Two days ago we had the February forecast, which is always what we kind of use as the final budgeting tool for the state," Westrom told a gathered crowd of about 30 local residents. "We had very good news, we feel. ...
MORRIS, Minn. - Four candidates looking for local support for the November elections spoke at the Stevens County Republican's county convention last Friday night. Rep. Torrey Westrom, who will be seeking the District 12 Senate seat this fall, said he will need support from the district to win the election. "As you know, the redistricting map changed District 12," Westrom said.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris Area School District will be implementing a new bullying prevention program during the 2012-2013 school year that uses community data to develop a consistent message about acceptable behavior for students and staff across the district. Cheryl Kuhn, student leader advisor and service learning coordinator, presented the school board with information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a school-wide program designed to prevent or reduce bullying in schools. "In the research we did on programs, [Olweus] continually rose to the top," said Kuhn.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council had a short meeting Tuesday night where they discussed the bill from Ferguson Waterworks for the water meter replacement project and what to do about two issues out at the Morris Municipal Airport. At a meeting earlier in February, council members questioned why the total payment to Ferguson Waterworks was about $28,400 more than the original bid amount.
MORRIS, Minn. - One common refrain Bob Griffith hears after telling people that he works as an emergency medical technician is that they couldn't handle the "blood and gross stuff" when responding to emergencies. But Griffith disagrees. "If you get some training and have knowledge of what to do, anybody can do this," said Griffith, training coordinator for Stevens County EMS. "It's not that I love the sight of blood and guts, I don't, but with training, you can handle emergency situations.