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 human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS — Later this spring, two new wind turbines and a new solar array will be installed at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, part of a project to develop a dairy system that collects more energy from renewable sources than it uses. Brad Heins, assistant professor of dairy, estimated dairy operations are one of the highest energy consuming livestock systems. In addition to electricity to run milking equipment multiple times each day, energy is needed to heat water to clean the equipment, and to cool milk to safe temperatures for consumption.
MORRIS — When the Morris Area School District launched a technology initiative last fall, they emphasized getting devices to students and making sure that teachers for the training and support they needed to use technology effectively. High school math teacher Tallack Dosdall, along with four of his colleagues, were selected as the district's "technology integrationists." Dosdall now spends half of his day teaching eighth and ninth graders and half teaching other teachers how to better use technology in the classroom.
MORRIS — Morris' main street is undergoing a transformation as existing businesses move out or move on, leaving space for new shops to open. One of the first additions is a new clothing store, Just uS Boutique, opening at 613 Atlantic Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Owners Sashya Larson and Joan Fults met when they were both employees at Bon Jos in Morris. When owner Patti Stewart announced she planned to close the Morris location in December, Larson and Fults started discussing the possibility of opening a new store together.
SARTELL — As new parents, Dayna and Aaron Harren of Sartell have been facing many of the challenges that come with having your first baby. But as a new mom in a wheelchair, Dayna has had to find ways to adapt and care for Zoey even with some of her physical limitations. Dayna, a 2005 graduate of Morris Area High School, was paralyzed in an early-morning accident on July 24, 2005 on Highway 28 just outside of Morris.
A controversial bill passed during the last legislative session that requires buffer strips along public waters and public ditches "stopped something that would have been a lot worse," Rep. Denny McNamara told a standing room only crowd in Chokio on Tuesday.
MORRIS — Any community resident who would like to test their home for radon can get a free testing kit from the Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Alice Strand, housing specialist with the Stevens County HRA, told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that she has been conducting a radon awareness program in Stevens County for the last two years. The program includes free random testing kits supplied by the Minnesota Department of Health. Strand said she distributed 125 last year and has already distributed 185 this year.
MORRIS — Leg pain is often seen as a normal part of aging, but for some people pain in the legs that increases during physical activity may be a symptom of a more serious condition, peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Thanks to a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, local physicians are hoping to raise awareness of this increasingly common condition and help promote independent living and healthy aging in community members who may be suffering from this condition.
Because January is National Mentoring Month, I thought I’d write a bit about one of my most meaningful mentoring opportunities through a YMCA program called Youth in Government. Youth in...
MORRIS, Minn. - Morris Police Officer Jared Dittbenner has been promoted to corporal/investigator. He was presented with his rank collar insignia by Chief Ross Tiegs at the Morris City Council’s...
MORRIS — Volunteer coach Don Goracke was named Volunteer of the Year by Pay it Forward Stevens County at a dinner for all of this year's honorees at Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Goracke was nominated for the Pay it Forward Stevens County award by high school softball coach Mary Holmberg, who turned to fellow coaches to share Goracke's commitment to youth athletics.