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 — The Morris Area School District is considering a more robust security system that would add card access locks to entrances to the building and require that visitors be buzzed in throughout the school day. On Monday, the Morris Area School Board heard a presentation from Gary Stadum of Protection Systems, a security systems vendor out of Fargo, about different security equipment options for the campus. Superintendent Rick Lahn school security was one of the first issues he noticed when he started in the district this summer.
MORRIS — On Monday, the Morris Area School Board approved the maximum levy amount allowed by the state, an increase of about $230,000 or 7 percent over 2015. The district's total levy for taxes payable in 2016 is about $3.516 million. In 2014, the board saw the tax levy decrease about $335,000, to a total of about $3.29 million.
MORRIS — After 14 years teaching, Paula Viker was able to return to her passion — long-term care administration — when she accepted the position of administrator at West Wind Village. Before beginning in Morris this August, Viker worked as an instructor and program manager for the health management program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
MORRIS — The Stevens County Board of Commissioners authorized County Coordinator Becky Young to enter into negotiations with Liberty Sleiter, program manager for the five-county Region IV South Children's Mobile Crisis Team, to be the next director of Stevens County Human Services. Sleiter will take over for Joanie Murphy, who plans to retire in January after 38 years with the department. In a final interview with the full board on Tuesday, Sleiter said she wanted to take on the position of director so she could have a voice in how programs are implemented at the state and county lev
MORRIS — Bonnie Howe likes to say that "dynamite comes in a small package," a phrase that aptly describes her personality. This week, Howe was the recipient of the Pay it Forward Stevens County award for her contributions to the community. Howe was nominated by Pam Gustafson. In her letter, nomination Gustafson said Howe is always helping other people. "She takes them to doctor appointments wherever it is. She goes to Alexandria or Elbow Lake and volunteers her time and gas.
MORRIS – For the second year in a row, the Grand Forks Herald issued a Holiday Eating Challenge, this year challenging other media outlets to try pickled herring. The Morris...
MORRIS - A snow alert has been declared for the city of Morris starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The alert will continue until 12:01 a.m. on...
MORRIS - The Morris Area School District will be dismissing students at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 due to a winter snow storm. All after school activities and events,...
MORRIS — After two years of freezing taxes, the Morris City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's tax levy by 6.7 percent, from $1.29 million to $1.37 million. Although the overall city budget for 2016, about $10 million, is down about 1 percent from 2015, the general fund budget — where most city operations are funded — increased about 5 percent compared to 2015. City Manager Blaine Hill outlined some of the budget considerations during the city's budget hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
MORRIS — A local economic development organization is seeking proposals for redevelopment of the former Coborn's building in Morris. This week, the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission issued a request for proposals for purchase and redevelopment of the vacant 2.16 acre property at the corner of Highway 29 and Highway 9 in Morris. The organization is working in conjunction with the property owner, Holiday Stationstores, to find a buyer for the property and vacant building. The site was home to a Coborn's grocery store from 1996 until the store was closed in October 2009.