Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. 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 — In December, the Morris Area School District received a $124,877 rebate check from from OtterTail Power Company as a result of an energy improvement project completed last year. The district began working with McKinstry, an engineering firm from Osseo, Minnesota, last year to make improvements across the two school buildings that would make them more efficient. Every light in both buildings and parking lots has been upgraded to LEDs, the building ventilation and automation systems were improved, and a digital control system was added.
The Stevens County Historical Society and Museum began the new year with two new staff members, ready to bring fresh energy and ideas to the organization. "We want to make (the museum) a place that people want to come and learn about and find out why history matters," said Executive Director Kate Sauers. "History affects our present and affects our future. We all have our own personal histories, and the history around us — whether it's local or national scale — affects all of us."
MORRIS — The city of Morris will scale back plans for a shelter improvement at Pomme de Terre Park after architect's estimates and bids from contractors came back higher than expected. "Leading into the bids, we knew that the costs were higher than what we thought they were going to be," City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday. "The bids came in fairly high. ... It really depends how hungry contractors are."
MORRIS - In 2015, the Morris Municipal Liquor Store topped $2 million in sales, making it one of the increasingly rare rural municipal liquor operations still making money. That’s been...
The Morris Area School District is making progress as part of the state's World's Best Workforce program, but more work needs to be done to improve student literacy in all grades. Superintendent Rick Lahn gave a presentation on the district's World's Best Workforce initiatives at the School Board's reorganizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 4.
At their first meeting of 2016, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners reviewed a preliminary overview of how county revenue and expenses compared to the budget for 2015. A number of departments including the sheriff's office, recorder and assessor, received less revenue than anticipated. County Coordinator Becky Young said that was likely due to industry trends where more information is available online for free. On the whole, however, most county departments were very close to both their revenue and expenditure projects.
MORRIS – Stevens County didn’t have to wait long to welcome the first baby of 2016. Joselyn Sophia Jimenez was born on Jan. 2, 2016 at Stevens Community Medical Center...
MORRIS — The second half of 2015 marked a major anniversary for the Morris Fire Department, construction for a new assisted living facility, and trips to state for the Tiger girls in cross country and volleyball. July
MORRIS — An international treaty on farming and agriculture may seem distant to those of us in rural Minnesota, but University of Minnesota Morris Associate Professor Sheri Breen believes decisions being made over the future of seeds will have impacts on food systems around the world. "It seems to me that we're at a historical period in which in understanding of seeds as property — what it means to own seeds and whether we can own seeds — is hugely significant," said Breen.
MORRIS — In their final meeting of the year, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to give a 2 percent salary increased to all county employees. The only people who did not have their wages increased were the commissioners, who will continue to earn $16,787 per year, with an additional per diem of $60 or $75 for approved committee meetings. The negotiations committee had previously negotiated contracts with the county's three unions that all included a 2 percent salary increase.