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 — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to grant an easement for Wildlife Habitat Protection from Cozy Duck Farm to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Commissioners Phil Gausman and Ron Staples cast the dissenting votes. The easement covers about 40 acres, including about 25 acres of wetlands, along the Pomme de Terre Lake near the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 20 in Swan Lake Township.
MORRIS — On Monday, the Morris Area School Board quietly approved a resignation agreement with High School Principal Craig Peterson effective June 30, 2015. The resignation agreement was included as a personnel item on the consent agenda, which was unanimously approved by the board without any comments. According to the agreement, there are two "specific terms of consideration for (Peterson) submitting his resignation" — the district will pay Peterson $75,000 and continue contributions for Peterson's health insurance for 12 months after his last day in the district or until he is
MORRIS — Morris Area High School students will perform two one act plays on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 in the MAHS auditorium. The performances of "The Dancers" by Herman Foote and "13 Ways to Screw up a College Interview" by Ian McWethy are free, but the theater department will be accepting free will donations to help fund fixing and updating the theater facilities, Director Seth Kelly said. "The Dancers" is set in small town Texas during the idyllic 1950s.
MORRIS — When many of us think back to elementary school gym class, we remember games of soccer, basketball and dodgeball. This year, Morris Area Elementary School fourth, fifth and sixth graders were able to try their hand at a new sport, archery, thanks to a partnership between MAES and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Physical education teacher Andrew Jipson proposed bringing archery to MAES after seeing the program as a student teacher in Wheaton.
MORRIS — Should the city of Morris adopt "summer hours" at city hall? The Morris City Council discussed this issue at their meeting on Tuesday. City Manager Blaine Hill said Friday afternoons are "dead as a doornail" at city hall, and suggested opening early at 7 a.m. on Monday to Thursday, then closing the office Friday afternoons. Hill said summer hours are a common practice in other cities, given that Minnesota is a state where many people go out of town over the weekend. Members of the city council said they were concerned about the public reaction to closing city hall early.
MORRIS — The world is moving very fast, but there is value in wasting time. In her commencement address to the approximately 365 graduates of the University of Minnesota, Morris on Saturday, May 9, Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen celebrated time spent living in the moment, time that to some eyes would be seen as time wasted. "You're about to enter a world that's moving very fast. No, you aren't about to enter it, you were born into it and you know it well," Sutphen told the graduates.
MORRIS — Construction continues at Stevens Community Medical Center, this time for a 20,000 square foot addition that will house a new operating suite and provide room for future growth. "The primary motivation for moving forward on this is that the operating rooms in our outpatient surgical area were built in 1977," said President and CEO John Rau.
MORRIS – Although Stevens County is not home to any commercial turkey flocks, local emergency management officials are still monitoring backyard flocks and wild birds for signs of avian influenza...
MORRIS — A nine-year-old girl was killed in a farm accident north of Chokio on Saturday, May 2, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office reported this week. At approximately 11:15 a.m. Saturday, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office responded to a farm accident in El Dorado Township, approximately 13 miles north of Chokio. The victim, Charlotte Anne VanKempen of Herman, was airlifted to the St.
MORRIS — Utilities are being relocated and a new fiber optic line is being laid in anticipation of the May 26 start date for a regrading project on County State Aid Highway 1 between Highway 9 and CSAH 10. On Tuesday, County Engineer Todd Larson told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners said the project may even start early if the contractor, Riley Bros.