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 both business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS - For University of Minnesota, Morris seniors Kristina Grundmanis and Rachel Harder, the upcoming winter break marks more than the end of fall semester. From Dec. 13 to 29, they will be traveling to Ghana, Africa to volunteer in local orphanages.
MORRIS - This year, three students with the Morris Area Business Professionals of America team will be leading their peers at the national, state and regional level. Junior Paige Loew was selected as a national youth leader for an upcoming summit on teen distracted driving, while seniors Kaylee Brandt and Dylan Curfman were elected to lead their region and state for BPA this year. Last year, Loew was one of four students from Morris selected to participate in the National Organization for Youth (NOYS) summit on teen distracted driving.
MORRIS - On Saturday evenings, the sanctuary at Morris Evangelical Free Church looks a little more like a rock concert than a church service. Just before 6:00 p.m., the darkened room is lit up with a video counting down the minutes until "The Journey" - a contemporary worship service centered on music that hopes to help participants connect with God without some of the more familiar elements of a traditional church service.
MORRIS - On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a proposal for an engineering company to prepare plans and specifications for demolishing the old elementary school building. The proposal, from Willmar-based engineering firm Bolton & Menk, will include construction plans, specifications and contract documents that bidders will use to come up with bids. The cost for the plans is $22,300 and $3,000 for bidding assistance. The company has already been in consultation with A.E.S.
MORRIS - In order for the University of Minnesota to build support with the state legislature, two key stakeholders - students and business leaders - need to participate in sharing the University's story, said University of Minnesota Regent David McMillan during a visit to the University of Minnesota, Morris last week. "If we can demonstrate to legislators that we're not taking either of those for granted, it changes the way the message is delivered," said McMillan.
MORRIS - Stevens County residents elected a new face to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 12A, but went with a familiar face to represent them in the Minnesota Senate in District 12. Democrat Jay McNamar narrowly beat Republican Scott Dutcher in the race for District 12A, taking 10,092 votes to Dutcher's 9,837 votes. Independence Party candidate Dave Holman had 1,305 votes. In the race for Senate District 12, voters elected to support Rep. Torrey Westrom, a representative for the area for the last 16 years who will be up to the senate.
MORRIS - A drunk driver crashed into a Morris home while fleeing from police after a traffic stop last Friday, Nov. 2, hid in a friend's closet to avoid apprehension, then tried to flee authorities again while being treated at Stevens Community Medical Center.
MORRIS - After 12 years as Sheriff of Stevens County, Randy Willis has resigned to accept a position with the Minnesota Sheriff's Association. Willis submitted his resignation letter to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Friday, Oct. 26, and the board accepted his resignation as of Dec. 31, 2012 at their board meeting Monday. "It has been my good fortune to have worked with and beside a very dedicated and bright group of women and men both inside the Sheriff's Office and throughout the county," Willis wrote in his resignation letter.
MORRIS - Almost 5,700 citizens voted in Stevens County during the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. In addition to both state and national candidates, many voters were able to make choices in city mayoral and city council races.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council will have two new members in three open seats, while all four incumbents to the Morris Area School Board will return after winning re-election Tuesday. In the Morris City Council races, newcomer Kevin Wohlers and incumbent Bill Storck were elected to serve four-year terms on the council. Brian Solvie was elected to fill an open two-year term. Four incumbents -- Dick Metzger, James Solvie, Brent Fuhrman, and Stan Wulf -- were re-elected to the Morris Area School Board.