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 - Candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate have debated in two forums in Morris this month, the first at the University of Minnesota, Morris on Oct. 2 and the second at the American Legion on Oct. 11. Both forums featured Senate candidates John Schultz (DFL) and Torrey Westrom (R) for District 12 and House candidates Jay McNamar (DFL) and Scott Dutcher (R) in District 12A. Independence Party candidate for District 12A Dave Holman also attended the forum at the Legion.
MORRIS - On Wednesday, Oct. 10, several young Organic Valley farmers stopped at the University of Minnesota, Morris to hand out samples of milk and string cheese and talk about organic agriculture. The Generation Organic ("Gen-O") farmers have spent three weeks touring Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa in a bus powered by vegetable oil and biodiesel. Prior to their stop at UMM, the Gen-O farmers toured the organic dairy herd at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. The milk from the WCROC's organic dairy herd - about 2,000 pounds per day - is sold to Organic Valley.
MORRIS - Candidates running for the Morris City Council and the Minnesota House and Senate will meet for two separate candidate forums on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the American Legion in Morris. At 6:30, all six candidates for city council will participate in a one-hour forum organized by the city of Morris, the Morris Sun Tribune, and KMRS/KKOK. Three people have filed for an open two-year term on the city council - James Henricks, Brian Solvie, and Joshua Gladis.
MORRIS - After nearly a full year of work by a group of local volunteers, the Morris Area is poised to be designated a Yellow Ribbon Community, a designation for communities dedicated to supporting service members and their families. City Manager Blaine Hill, who has served as chair of the steering committee working toward this recognition, presented some of the work of the committee this week in advance of submitting the group's work to the state of Minnesota.
MORRIS - The Morris Movie Theatre recently received a facade facelift with salvaged glass block tiles from around the country. Part of the theatre facade is made of rare, antique Vitrolite panels. Vitrolite is pigmented glass that was popular in 1940 when the Morris Theatre was built. Theatre volunteers found a Vitrolite specialist in St. Louis, Mo., who supplied color-matched panels salvaged from buildings across the country. Last month, tile cutter Scott Banta (below) helped cut the rare panels and installed them on the front of the Theatre.
MORRIS - Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited the University of Minnesota, Morris on Wednesday as part of a state-wide effort to encourage voted to preregister and learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot this fall. Preregistration for the November election ends on Tuesday, Oct. 16., and people who wish to vote using an absentee ballot need to get their paperwork started soon.
MORRIS - Since the Stevens County Drop-In Center was founded five years ago, the center has helped local adults with mental illnesses connect with each other and socialize in the community. To celebrate their five-year anniversary, the Drop-In Center at 15 East 2nd Street in Morris will be hosting an open house celebration for the community on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with coffee, cake and conversation.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners took to the streets of Stevens County on Tuesday as part of an annual tour of the county's roads and ditches. This season's big construction projects included new pavement and a mill and overlay on sections of County Highway 13 in the southwest section of the county, and a reconstruction project on Main Street in Alberta.
MORRIS - On Friday, Sept. 21, Morris resident Jennifer Amy-Dressler woke up to find the political signs in her yard were missing. One of the orange "Vote No" signs opposing the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage was tossed in the street about a block away. The other - folded into the shape of a paper airplane - landed behind a parked car in the street. The same morning, a "Vote No" sign was found shredded on Wyoming Avenue, and several other signs were missing from yards on the west side of town.
For the last several weeks, my Facebook page as practically exploded with political posts. I have a fairly balanced split between Democrats and Republicans, which keeps me feeling connected to different sides of important debates. I try to keep my feed fairly a-political, except when it comes to football. It seems almost everyone agrees the replacement referees have been a major disappointment. At least there's one thing that we can all agree on (except, perhaps, Eric Bergeson).