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 — To stay ahead of potential state mandates, Stevens County will be applying for grant funding to do an inventory of buffer strips along protected waters and put together a plan to encourage landowners to add buffer strips in the county. Matt Solemsaas, district administrator for the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District, and Jared House, project coordinator with the Pomme de Terre River Association, presented information about the grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. House said the grant is related to a
MORRIS — This summer, the county completed a surveying and inspection project on County Ditch 2, located southwest of Chokio. This fall, two landowners on the system expressed concerns about maintenance on the ditch, Assistant Ditch Inspector Dan Lissick told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. The proposed improvement project would include flattening out a long berm that prevents water from draining properly and removing trees that are close to the ditch.
MORRIS — The spring and summer of 2015 will be a busy time in downtown Morris. In April, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will kick off a project to make all downtown sidewalks ADA compliant, improve pedestrian safety, and install new stoplights along Morris' main street. The sidewalk improvement will be followed by a paving project to resurface Highway 9 through Morris and Highway 28 on the north side of town, adding several left turn lanes to the highway near Riley's Commercial Development and Superior Industries. Both projects in Morris are part of a larger MnDOT improvem
MORRIS — Morris Area sports and activities fans from near and far now have the opportunity to watch many live high school events online. Over the last few months, Morris Area has streamed more than 30 games and events at the high school using The Cube, a Chicago-based company that helps high schools capture and share live events online. Morris Area High School Activities Director Mark Ekren said his goal is to stream all Morris Area's home games online. Events streamed through The Cube can be watched online or through a free app available for both Android and IOS devices.
MORRIS — A Morris woman who allegedly backed her car over a child has been charged with criminal vehicular operation. Christina Minke, 36 of Morris, made her first appearance in Stevens County District Court on Monday, Feb. 9 in front of Judge Gerald Seibel. She entered not guilty pleas to charges of one count of criminal vehicular operation, two counts of driving while intoxicated, and one count of reckless or careless driving. The incident in question took place just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
MORRIS — The Morris Area School District will offer interviews to five candidates for the position of superintendent. At a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12, the Superintendent Search Committee reviewed the nine applications the district received for the position and selected five to approach for interviews, planned for Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School District will start two hours late on Tuesday, Feb. 10, the district announced in an Instant Alert early Tuesday morning.
Even though I was born and raised in Minnesota, I don't like the winter. I'm really a big wimp when it comes to cold weather. Any day where the high doesn't get above freezing is a day that I'd rather spend in bed with the covers pulled over my head. Last year, my plan to survive winter was a trip to Los Angeles in April — I figured looking forward to hot weather there would help me endure the Polar Vortex here. And while that worked pretty well, I don't have the option to travel to the beach this year...
MORRIS — If a disaster happens in Stevens County, local emergency officials and first responders will be more prepared thanks to a new training organized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Last week, nearly 50 participants from Stevens County spent two days at Camp Ripley in Little Falls working together on now to effectively respond in a disaster situation. Stevens County was the first county in the state to participate in this new program organized by the state's division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM). The Minnesota Integrated Emergency Management
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved job descriptions for all employees in the county, the final step in finishing a wage and compensation study that began in mid-2014. Human Resources Director Janet Raguse said there were 15 appeals from staff members related to the wage and compensation study. Some of those appeals resulted in changes, either to the grade of the job or to the number of points the job earned.