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 - The Morris Area School District will be dismissing students at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 due to a winter snow storm. All after school activities and events,...
MORRIS — After two years of freezing taxes, the Morris City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's tax levy by 6.7 percent, from $1.29 million to $1.37 million. Although the overall city budget for 2016, about $10 million, is down about 1 percent from 2015, the general fund budget — where most city operations are funded — increased about 5 percent compared to 2015. City Manager Blaine Hill outlined some of the budget considerations during the city's budget hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
MORRIS — A local economic development organization is seeking proposals for redevelopment of the former Coborn's building in Morris. This week, the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission issued a request for proposals for purchase and redevelopment of the vacant 2.16 acre property at the corner of Highway 29 and Highway 9 in Morris. The organization is working in conjunction with the property owner, Holiday Stationstores, to find a buyer for the property and vacant building. The site was home to a Coborn's grocery store from 1996 until the store was closed in October 2009.
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.