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 - State funding and taxes were consistent themes in a forum for candidates for Morris City Council late Thursday, Oct. 11 at the American Legion.
MORRIS - On Thursday, Morris community members gathered in East Side Park for an event to educate the public about domestic abuse and sexual assault during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speakers - which included UMM Violence Prevention Coordinator Bridget Joos, Morris Police Chief Jim Beauregard, County Attorney Aaron Jordan and Mayor Sheldon Giese - emphasized that domestic violence does happen in our community and that it is taken seriously.
MORRIS - For the last four months, representatives from the Morris Area and Cyrus school districts have been working on a potential plan to consolidate the districts. In a series of three stories this month, we'll look at what consolidation is and why the Morris Area and Cyrus school districts are considering it, what are the major considerations in consolidation discussions, and what the next steps will be in the consolidation process.
MORRIS - Morris City Manager Blaine Hill presented the council with a draft of a major revision to the city's public improvement code, which he believes is necessary to reflect how public improvements are currently being made. In the proposal, the wording of the code will also be changed to reflect common language, including an update of terms and phrases to reflect the construction processes the city already uses. "I'm not asking for the City Council to take action to do an ordinance to update this code right now," said Hill.
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.