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 human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS — This week, new traffic lights were turned on in downtown Morris. Although the street project didn't add new turn lanes — there's no room without losing downtown parking spaces — the new traffic lights are designed to help cars move more efficiently through downtown during peak traffic times. But change can initially bring confusion, and the signals are no exception.
Photo for this one — 15 June — FFA State Degree Candidates FFA students successful at state convention From April 26 to 28, 61 Morris Area FFA members traveled to the Twin Cities for the 86th annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. Approximately 3,000 FFA members from across the state were in attendance.
Ira Hoffman of Morris is one of 17 students awarded the Artist Mentor Award from the Lake Region Arts Council. The award recognizes students who are skillful, passionate and driven in the artistic endeavor of their choice. Each student will be creating high-quality art this summer as they are mentored by a professional artist assigned by Lake Region Arts Council, or attending an artistic workshop in their art discipline.
MAHS speech hands out awards The Morris Area High School speech team held their annual awards banquet on Friday, May 15. The following awards were given out: Most Improved — Jolene McNeill Sparkplug — Annie Brandt and Agnes Dieter MVP — Jessica Burks Sue Hauger Spirit Award — Kelsey Curfman and Caitlin Wilts Rookie of the Year — Kendra Wevley Most Dedicated — Christopher Tiernan and Hailey Thielke
Headshot for this one — 15 June — Andrea Bobrick RUSC Kinship Mentoring hires executive director Raising Up Stevens County Kinship Mentoring is making progress towards actively carrying out its mission to provide mentoring opportunities in Stevens County by hiring Andrea Bobrick as a full time executive director. RUSC Kinship Mentoring began as a grassroots movement led by County Commissioner Jeanne Ennen who was awarded a Bush Fellowship in 2013.
MORRIS — Tori Fuhrman of Morris was named Miss Morris Area 2015 on Saturday, July 11 at a competition at Morris Area High School. Corrina Swiggum of Prior Lake, Minn., was named Miss Midwest 2015. Tara Matthiesen of St. Augusta was named Miss Morris Area First Runner Up. Matthiesen is a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Miss Midwest First Runner Up was Courtney Igbo-Ogbonna of St. Paul. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the scholarship competition in Morris.
MORRIS — Recovery from cancer doesn't end when medical treatment is over. For 39-year-old Nicole Logan, coming back from breast cancer has meant taking her life back, spending time with her family and two young sons while finding a renewed sense of normalcy in her life. "Last year, I really had to sit by the sidelines and watch the world go by," said Logan. "I was not able to play with the kids at all. I was always sleeping or resting and other people were basically raising the boys.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners allocated $6,000 to help pay for an estimated $12,000 in repairs to the brickwork on the Stevens County Developmental Achievement Center building. Director Charlie Oakes approached the board in June about the project, asking permission to do the repairs and for help offsetting the cost. The building is owned by Stevens County and, under the lease agreement, repairs over $5,000 need to be approved by the commissioners. However, the lease states that the tenant is expected to pay for repairs.
MORRIS — Local emergency responders were called to two car accidents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The first accident took place on the evening of Saturday, July 4 on Highway 59 just south of County Road 4. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Mazda driving south on Highway 59 ran off the road, skidded sideways into a farm field and rolled several times. Three adults and a one-year-old were involved in the accident. Two adults were ejected from the vehicle. Two victims were taken to Stevens Community Medical Center, one was taken to St.
The employees of Willie's SuperValu are in the spotlight thanks to a music video highlighting one of the most recognizable features of the store — the folks who bring your groceries out to the car. Willie's employee Dylan Curfman said he wanted to do a video project after taking an editing class at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.