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 — 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
MORRIS — The push for a community pool in Morris is gearing up again, but the small group of volunteers leading the effort are looking for more help to try and make it a reality. The Morris Area Aquatic Park Committee held its first public informational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Regional Fitness Center to solicit more volunteer help on the project. A small group of volunteers has been meeting monthly since July 2015 discussing the potential for an outdoor pool in Morris.
MORRIS — The Morris City Council voted Tuesday to bring a water service line out to Pomme de Terre Park to provide city water to the campground, splash park and remodeled shelter because current well water is no longer adequate. The project was prompted by a plan to remodel the current park shelter. Early this year, the city was awarded a $119,000 Parks and Trails Legacy Grant to remodel the shelter. The new building will include two new showers/bathrooms, updates to the old bathrooms and a community room for campers and community members to use.
MORRIS — Good weather throughout the growing season led to a strong harvest, but low prices for crops like corn and soybeans mean farmers will see low profits this year. "In a nutshell, the yields were great and the prices are terrible," said Paul Groneberg, a crop consultant and agronomist with Centrol Crop Consulting. "It was a good year, but a lot of the grain, especially corn, a lot of beans too, went into storage because the prices are too low — farmers are waiting for better prices." Corn and soybeans are the two biggest crops in Minnesota. According to the U.S.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Deputy Graham Holtberg from the Stevens County Sheriff's Office after 10 years of service. Since 2007, Holtberg has been the handler for Rico, the county's K-9 officer.
MORRIS — After 49 years in downtown Morris, Bon Jos will be closing its doors by the end of the year, but a new business will fill that storefront in early 2016. Owner Patti Stewart, who has been with Bon Jos for 40 years, said the decision to close the Bon Jos stores in both Morris and Wahpeton, North Dakota, is largely personal. "It's isn't because of the business, it isn't because of the city, it really has a lot more to do with health issues," said Stewart. Bon Jos was founded in 1964 by C.H. Bonrud and Ronald Jossart. In 1996, Stewart purchased company shares from Bonrud.
MORRIS — Two area hunters were found dead over the weekend in two separate incidents. Danny Tucker, 63, of Kensington and Jon Kloos, 40, of rural Glenwood, were both reported missing last week. On Friday, Nov. 13 at about 12 p.m., officers with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were asked to complete a wellness check on Tucker. Tucker had a history of health issues and had not been seen for about three weeks. Officers did not find Tucker at his residence, but did learn he was a known hunter.
MORRIS — The Morris Area School District the district received a "clean" or "unmodified" audit opinion for the fiscal year 2014 audit. An unmodified audit opinion means the financial statements have been prepared using generally accepted accounting principles and are free from material misstatements, explained Derek Flanagan with Eide Bailly, in a presentation to the Morris Area School Board on Monday. "That's what you want and that's what you've traditionally received — another clean year," said Flanagan. The 2014 fiscal year audit showed that the district brought had about $