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 — Before Wayne Lemmerman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, he had no idea something might be wrong. "I had no problems, no anything," Lemmerman said. But a routine colonoscopy when he turned 52 revealed some unusual polyps in his colon, one that turned out to be cancerous. Because of his experience, Lemmerman said he has been "hounding" classmates, friends and family to go in for their recommended colon cancer screenings.
By the time you are reading this column, I will have turned 30. This is a milestone that I've been dreading for the better part of a year that also means absolutely nothing. A year or two ago I started to discover more and more gray hairs, all coming in at the same place up near my bangs. Seeing the first long, silver strand made my stomach sink, and I immediately plucked it out. I kept pulling them out, one by one as they would appear, until I realized that plan wasn't really sustainable — it's probably better to be gray-haired than totally bald.
MORRIS — After below average precipitation for six straight months, the Morris area experienced a rare summer storm this week. The West Central Research and Outreach Center recorded 4.51 inches of rain on July 5, with another .59 inches on July 6, for a total of 5.1 inches for the two day storm. The intense rainfall caused flooding issues throughout the area, with many streets underwater and Green River Park functioning more like a lake than a soccer field.
MORRIS – Gabriel and Naomi Dahlhof took first place during the second week of the annual Kiwanis Talent Show, with a viola/piano performance of “Tennessee” from the movie “Pearl Harbor.”...
MORRIS — A Morris man has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct after allegedly molesting four girls over a period of approximately 25 years. Brad Tomlinson, 67, made his first appearance in Stevens County District Court on Tuesday, July 5. Tomlinson has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.
MORRIS — Since October 2015, Stevens and Pope Counties have been working together on roadway safety through a Towards Zero Deaths Safe Communities Grant from the state of Minnesota. This grant is part of the state's efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads by focusing on the four Es: education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical and trauma services, said Shelley Svec of Horizon Public Health in a presentation to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
MORRIS — Voters in the 15 Stevens County precincts that have decided to adopt voting by mail for the 2016 election cycle will get their first opportunity to try the new system beginning as early as this week, when ballots are mailed out for the August 9 statewide primary in Minnesota. Under Minnesota state statute, all non-metropolitan townships can choose to offer balloting by mail rather than operating a polling place on Election Day. Cities with less than 400 registered voters are also eligible.
MORRIS — More than 450 participants from an array of regional city and county organizations, as well as several state agencies, were part of a train derailment exercise in Morris on Wednesday. The full scale exercise, looking to test emergency preparedness in the county, has been in the planning stages for more than a year.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, June 28 the Stevens County Historical Society celebrated the donation of a 1920s baby grand piano built by the M. Schulz Piano Company with an evening of musical entertainment. The piano was donated by Charles and Debra Brecht of St. Paul. Deb Brecht is Linda Retzlaff's sister. The Hancock Bluegrass Jam Group opened the evening with a concert on the museum lawn for an audience of more than 120 people.
MORRIS — A new apartment complex is getting off the ground in Morris. Local leaders and project developers gathered on Friday, June 24 for a groundbreaking for East Point Village, a 60-unit apartment complex at the corner of College Avenue and Fifth Street in Morris. At the ceremony, project manager Mike Stoebe of INH Properties estimated that construction will take about 10 months, allowing the building to open in April 2017.