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 — Plays in Morris will be presenting "Seussical The Musical" on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at East Side Park in Morris. The Morris Kiwanis Club will offer dinner in the park starting at 5 p.m. The production features students from St. Mary's School, Morris Area Elementary, Morris Area High School, the University of Minnesota-Morris and Chokio-Alberta Elementary School.
MORRIS — After local residents expressed concerns about bike lane safety on County State Aid Highway 1 north of Hancock, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to reduce the speed limit along a stretch of the highway. The speed limit on CSAH 1 between Highway 9 and Page Lake Beach will now be 45 miles per hour. County Engineer Todd Larson said the request to change the speed limit came from citizens in Hancock.
MORRIS — After a year of having full-time access to Chromebooks, the fifth grade students in Caleb Greene and Joe Boedigheimer's classes have figured out how to move relatively seamlessly between being online and offline in the classroom. The fifth graders who finished school this week are among the first classes to be issued personal Chromebooks through the district's "One:World" technology initiative.
MORRIS — The Center for Small Towns annual Symposium on Small Towns, scheduled for June 8 and 9, has been canceled due to low registration numbers. Kelly Asche, program coordinator with the Center for Small Towns, said there were a number of conferences on the event's topic — challenges in rural housing — that made it difficult for interested parties to attend this year. "It was disappointing to have to cancel, but in the end I think it was a good decision," said Asche.
MORRIS — The University of Minnesota plans to immediately re-launch the search for a new chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Chancellor Jacquie Johnson, who had planned to step down effective July 1, has agreed to remain in her role through at least the fall 2016 semester, University of Minnesota Eric Kaler announced Thursday in an e-mail to UMM faculty, staff and students. "Despite the unfortunate outcome of the search this past spring, I am confident that we will find the right person to lead UMM into the future," Kaler said.
MORRIS — Local voters will have many choices to make this November, with contested races for the Minnesota House, Senate and all three open seats on the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. The filing period for federal, state and county offices officially closed on Tuesday, May 31. Minnesota Legislature
MORRIS — Two Republicans will face off in a primary election to see who will face Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL) in the general election in November. The two candidates are Dave Hughes of Karlstad, Minnesota and Amanda Lynn Hinson of Long Prairie. Hughes was endorsed by Republicans in Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District at their convention in Alexandria in April. He was selected by delegates of the 38 counties that comprise the district by a majority of 60 percent or more in the first round of balloting.
MORRIS — The Morris community had the chance to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month last week, when parents and students could be seen out in the lawn adjacent to Morris Area Elementary School playing a rousing game of flag football. Some students played Big Base, while others spent time jogging or power walking. These activities were all part of Fitness Fun Day, an annual event organized by the MAES physical education department that is helping to expand the idea of what physical education means.
The past week, the 2016 Minnesota Legislative session came to a chaotic close. I'm sure most Minnesotans didn't watch and couldn't stomach the messy end to another legislative session.
MORRIS — Republican members of the Minnesota House of Representatives stopped in Morris Thursday as part of a tour around Minnesota urging Governor Mark Dayton to call a special session and pass a bonding and transportation bill that failed to pass both the House and Senate at the end of the legislative session.