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 - The Morris Area School Board formally accepted Morris Area High School Principal Mike Coquyt's resignation at a special meeting on Tuesday, immediately beginning the search for a new full-time replacement. Coquyt submitted his resignation to Superintendent Scott Monson on Wednesday, June 20. His final official date of employment is June 30, 2012, although the board voted to contract with Coquyt for up to 15 days of work after that date to assist with the transition to a new administrator.
MORRIS - Morris Area High School Principal Mike Coquyt has resigned his position at MAHS in order to take a position at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. The Morris Area School Board will vote to accept Coquyt's resignation at a special school board meeting on Tuesday, June 26. In his resignation letter, Coquyt said he has accepted an offer to serve as an assistant professor at MSU. "After careful consideration, I realize that this opportunity is too exciting for me to decline," Coquyt said. Coquyt has been with the district since 2007.
MORRIS - When French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville toured the United States in the early 1800s, he noted citizens' tendency to form associations to do almost everything. De Tocqueville called this "the mother science of democracy," and it has come to be "part and parcel of how we do leadership," said Kenneth Pigg, an associate professor emeritus of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, during his morning keynote at the ninth annual Symposium of Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris last Thursday, June 14.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners declined to take action on a request from a local resident to reconsider changes to the county's zoning ordinance at their meeting Tuesday, leaving in place a change that opens up shoreland property in Stevens County to commercial development. Resident Michael O'Reilly, through a letter from Fargo attorney Tami L. Norgard, requested that the county vacate its zoning amendment and initiate an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property on Perkins Lake now owned by B&H Holdings.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board approved a final budget revision to the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget at their meeting Monday. The district was projecting a surplus of about $94,000 for the general fund. The budget revision passed on Monday now includes a deficit of about $8,700. This is a result of an increase of about $90,000 in revenue and an increase of about $194,000 in expenditures.
MORRIS - Morris Area High School plans to ban students from having cell phones with them during class beginning with the upcoming school year. New language in the MAHS Parent Student Handbook, which got a second reading at the Morris Area School Board's meeting on Monday night, states that students who bring cell phones or other electronic communication devices to school must leave them in their lockers during class time. Students will be allowed to check their phones between classes, and cell phones can still be used during lunch.
MORRIS - The moment Linda Winter-Hodgson knew the story of her father's tragic first love would make a compelling story was when a neighbor, after hearing the bare bones of the story, told her it would make a great movie. "I didn't know how to make a movie, so I decided to write a book," Winter-Hodgson said. "Two Groves of Trees: A Story of Love and Second Chances" is Winter-Hodgson's third book and her first novel, although the tale is based on a true story and heavily informed by years of research.
Correction: This article originally stated that Westmor was founded in 1982. That was incorrect. The business that would eventually becoming Westmor Industries was founded in 1972. We apologize for the error. MORRIS - The business that would eventually become Westmor Industries began in 1972 when two brothers took over a locally-owned welding business and began to make their mark welding and repairing agricultural and petroleum equipment.
Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly spelled the names of Greg Boldenow and Gary Dierks. We apologize for the error. CHOKIO - Landowners who have land in the Chokio Waterfowl Refuge told representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at a public hearing Thursday that they would like to use the refuge land for personal hunting. Residents opposed to the petition to abandon the refuge said it was a safe haven for geese in the area, and eliminating the space would adversely impact hunting in the region.
MORRIS, Minn. - Morris residents may see a major change to the way special assessments for public works projects are calculated in 2013, but should not expect a tax increase of more than three to five percent, based on budget guidelines approved by the Morris City Council this week. At the city council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Blaine Hill asked the council to pass a set of guidelines that will help him and the rest of the city's department heads as they develop the city's 2013 budget.