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 — At the direction of the Morris City Council, the city of Morris is surveying downtown business owners over whether the city should oversee a consolidated effort to remove all snow on downtown sidewalks. To gather feedback, City Manager Blaine Hill sent a survey out to business owners from Cenex South to Town and Country along main street, along with businesses about a block east and west of Atlantic Avenue. An ongoing concern expressed by council members has been business owners shoveling snow into the street after city plows have gone through to clear main street. Council
MORRIS – Locally produced strawberries in September and October are becoming more likely thanks to work being done at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Researchers have completed their...
MORRIS – Stevens County plans to review how the curbside recycling program is funded in 2016. On Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners met with Troy Engebretson of Engebretson and Sons...
For the last several weeks, I've been obsessed with the soundtrack to Hamilton, a new Broadway musical all about the life of Alexander Hamilton, our "ten-dollar founding father without a father" who "got a lot farther by working a lot harder / by being a lot smarter / by being a self-starter" and "grew up to be a hero and a scholar." The show was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who got the idea after picking up Ron Chernow's 2004 biography of Hamilton while on vacation.
MORRIS — Stevens County won't raise taxes in 2016, but will need to significantly spend down county reserves to balance the proposed budget. County Coordinator Becky Young reviewed the preliminary 2016 budget and levy at the county's Truth in Taxation meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Stevens County Courthouse. The proposed budget includes about $14.47 million in projected expenditures, a 4.4 percent increase over 2015, and about $7 million in projected revenues, a 6 percent increase from 2015.
MORRIS — Over the last 25 years, volunteer coach Don Goracke has inspired student athletes to do their very best, both in practice and when the game is on the line. Goracke was recognized for his commitment to local athletics on Tuesday, Dec.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School District will start two hours late on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The district announced the late start through an Instant Alert on Tuesday morning.
MORRIS — Despite the fact that about 16 percent of the population of Stevens County is over 65 years old, the Morris Senior Citizen's Club has been having a hard time finding new members to keep the organization active and their building open. Two different programs operate in cooperation from Morris Senior Center at 603 Oregon Avenue, the Morris Senior Citizens' Club and Nutritional Services, which operates the meal program and Meals on Wheels.
MORRIS — Despite his reputation as a "techie" teacher, Austen Miller said he only spends, at most, an hour a day having his second graders working with technology. "Technology is part of our everyday learning — it's a support to what we're already doing," said Miller, but "it's still really important, obviously, to read books to the kids, do the arts and crafts lessons, do the hands on stuff ...
MORRIS — A Morris family is thankful for the community support they received after their son's service animal ran away last week. Amy Brandt said that Rocket, an Australian Shepherd, is like a lifeline for her son, Dylan, a seventh grader at Morris Area High School who has been diagnosed with autism. Dylan experiences a lot of anxiety and can have trouble expressing himself verbally, but animals seem to have a calming effect, helping alleviate those symptoms, explained Amy. "If he's with animals, he'll open up, he'll talk with you — that's why we decided to start keeping our d