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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One of the most exciting parts of vacation planning is choosing all of the attractions and restaurants I'm going to visit. However, I also find myself consistently baffled and overwhelmed by the number of choices there are to make when you visit a new and bigger place. Despite being excited about the plans that are in place, there's always this nagging feeling that I'm missing something potentially better because there are so many options. This is the paradox of choice.
MORRIS, Minn. - Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring veterans, those who have served as those who are still at war today, Morris City Manager Blaine Hill said during his Memorial Day address at Morris' 2012 Memorial Day program at the National Guard Armory on Monday. Hill is a veteran of the Minnesota National Guard, served with the Morris unit for 15 years, including as commander.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board voted Tuesday to hire a consultant to help interested districts move forward with potential consolidation with the Cyrus school district. The agreement is to work with consultant Mike Hoheisel of Northland Securities for a starting fee of $10,000, although that number could go up or down depending on how complicated the consolidation process ends up being. The resolution states that the cost of the fee will be split among whatever districts move forward with the consolidation process.
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. - 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 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. - 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 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.