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 - Due to low interest, Morris Area Elementary School will not offer a separate section of Monday/Wednesday/Friday kindergarten next school year, but parents interested in that option will still be able to choose to send their student only three days a week as part of the KinderPlus program. Cutting back the number of kindergarten sections will allow the district to add another section for second grade, which the Morris Area School Board voted in favor of on Tuesday. This classroom shift will bring the total number of elementary sections to 25 for the 2012-2013 school year.
MORRIS, Minn. - Just two weeks after accepting the resignation of Morris' long-time Finance Director Gene Krosschell, the Morris City Council voted unanimously to promote a current member of the city's finance department staff, Debra Raasch, to the position. The decision to promote internally will give Raasch two months to train with Krosschell before he retires on July 31 and the opportunity to work with City Manager Blaine Hill to fill her position as the city's general accountant.
MORRIS, Minn. - Four men have filed for office in three open races for seats on the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. Current commissioner Paul Watzke will seek reelection in District 1. Bob Kopitzke of Morris has also filed in District 1. Incumbent commissioner Ron Staples has filed for office in District 3. Donny Wohlers, owner of the Old No. 1 Bar and Grill in Morris, has filed for office in District 4 for the seat currently held by Commissioner Larry Sayre. Sayre has announced that he will not seek reelection this year.
MORRIS, Minn. - Up until just a few years ago, University of Minnesota, Morris professor of political science Paula O'Loughlin thought that she would begin and end her academic career at UMM. But the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and explore a career in academic administration at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. changed O'Loughlin's plans. "I love working with students one-on-one, but I can do more for more students in an administrative position," said O'Loughlin. "I think there's a time where you need to move to grow.
MORRIS, Minn. - The filing period for national, state and county elections begins Tuesday, May 22 at 8 a.m. and ends Tuesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. The Minnesota primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. Voters in the Stevens County area will have the chance to vote in a new state senator in District 12 and a new state representative in District 12A.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to amend the Stevens County zoning ordinance to allow for potential commercial development on county shoreline and to rezone 53 acres of property along the lake for commercial uses after a short public hearing on Tuesday. The request to rezone the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property was submitted by current owners B&H Holdings - Jon Backman, Ben Hentges, Peter Hentges, Jackie Hentges. B&H Holdings hope to rent out the existing pavilion and cabins for weddings, family reunions and other events.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Highway Department will add staff and equipment to expand and improve blading and snow removal services on county roads and for local townships. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners authorized County Engineer Brian Giese to purchase a new motorgrader and hire a full-time heavy equipment operator/maintenance worker to run the equipment.
MORRIS, Minn. - Each day, more than 100 people are killed in traffic accidents. Of those 100 people, 10 will die in an accident with a truck driven by a professional truck driver - about 3,600 people over the course of a single year. Don Osterberg, Senior Vice President of Driver Training, Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Schneider National (SNI) hopes to improve those statistics, assisted by work done by University of Minnesota, Morris faculty and students to better understand the economics of the trucking industry and factors that impact driver health and safety.
MORRIS, Minn. - Four long-time teachers and staff in the Morris Area School District who are retiring at the end of this year were honored at the district's annual retirement breakfast this week. Morris Area Elementary School Principal Brad Korn, elementary teacher Muriel Lindback, high school English teacher Cathy Matthews and speech language pathologist Sharon Stock were recognized for their years of service on Wednesday. More than 100 district staff were also on hand to thank two young teachers, Holly Bjorklund and Nate Anderson, for their service in the district.
MORRIS, Minn. -- The Morris City Council accepted a bid from Riley Brothers Construction for the city's 2012 road improvement project at their meeting Tuesday, which was held in the Morris Area High School auditorium. The bid from Riley Brothers was one of two bids the city received for the project, which will involve milling and overlays on a number of local streets. Riley Brothers had the low bid of $356,000, compared to a bid of $391,159 from Central Specialties of Alexandria. The engineer's estimate for the project is $392,014.