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 – Piano player Paula Klein took first place in the second week of competition for the Kiwanis Talent Show. This week’s competition featured adult competitors, but Klein was the...
MORRIS — Residents of Morris and Stevens County will soon have a 'one stop shop' for issues related to public housing and affordable housing initiatives. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a "full transfer" of programs and assets from the Morris Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority to the Stevens County HRA. The Morris HRA serves two major functions in Morris, managing Grandview Apartments, a public housing facility, and administering the city's rental licensing program, explained Melanie Fohl, executive director of the Morris HRA. Fohl said the boards for the two or
MORRIS – Plans for a new 30-unit assisted living facility in Morris took another step forward on Tuesday when the Morris City Council approved an agreement for Tax Increment Financing...
MORRIS — The number of calls to the Morris Police Department continues to rise, but the number of serious and violent crimes declined again in 2014. On Tuesday, Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs presented his annual report on the Morris Police Department to City Manager Blaine Hill and civilian members of the Police Civil Service Commission: Peg Rinkenberger, John Amundson and Dale Peterson. While statistics alone can't tell a full story about the work being done by the Morris Police Department, they can offer a glimpse into what is happening in Morris.
MORRIS — What role can the arts play in community and economic development? This was the big question posed to attendees at the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit held at the University of Minnesota, Morris this week. During the conference, attendees were encouraged to look at the connections between art, economic development and challenging current narratives about rural America. "I really believe the stories that we tell ourselves and each other about the places we live and their potential and possibility are maybe the most important thing we can do," said Laura Zabel, executive dir
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on a proposed change the county's zoning ordinance to allow for "storage unit planned unit developments" in most zoning districts throughout the county. The proposed change was prompted by a request from Joe Riley of Riley Brothers Properties to allow for a storage units on property in Darnen Township, just south of Morris along Highway 9. "Joe Riley has indicated that he's had folks come to him wanting to buy a piece of property they could put a storage shed on to store their boat, camper, fish hous
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a conditional use permit for a company to build a 30-unit assisted living facility at the corner of Seventh Street and College Avenue. The project was first presented by Kent Marthaler, president of KC Companies, at a public hearing held by the Morris Planning Commission on Tuesday, May 19. The facility will be run by Golden Horizons, a company that managed eight other facilities in Minnesota and Iowa. The estimated cost for the one-floor building is $3.3 million.
MORRIS — Rain could not dampen the spirits of friends, relatives and community members who gathered on a drizzly Memorial Day to dedicate a monument recognizing citizens from Stevens County who died while serving their country. "It is our hope that for generations to come, those who drive or walk by here will realize that freedom is not free," said VFW Commander Ted Storck, who presided over the dedication ceremony. "These are not just names etched on this black granite — they were like us, enjoying the sunshine, the rain. They were like us ...
MORRIS — Ortonville resident Brent Olson, the keynote speaker for Morris' Memorial Day program, asked listeners to grapple with he called a question without an answer: "What cause is worth your children dying for?" For Olson, this question was illustrated clearly when his son was deployed in the Persian Gulf.
MORRIS – Motorists in downtown Morris should be prepared to stop, as downtown stoplights have been temporarily replaced with stop signs as part of a road and sidewalk improvement project...