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.
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MORRIS — Consistency was the theme of the 2014 audit for the city of Morris. Jamie Fay, audit manager with Eide Bailly, presented the city's 2014 audit and financial statement to members of the Morris City Council at their meeting Tuesday. The city received a clean, unmodified opinion for the 2014 audit, "which is what you want and what you've received in the past," Fay explained. This means the city's financial statements are materially accurate and have been prepared using generally accepted accounting standards. The city ended 2014 with about $8.3 million in cash and investments.
MORRIS — During a work session before Monday's meeting, the Morris Area School Board met with Chris Champlin and Floyd Palmer of Palmer Bus Service, to discuss what it might look like if the district contracted for bus service with a private company. Minnewaska, West Central Area, and Chokio-Alberta all currently contract with Palmer Bus Service, a Mankato-based company that currently works with 21 Minnesota school districts.
MORRIS — Cullen's Home Center announced this week that they will be closing their store in Morris sometime in April. In a phone interview, owner John Cullen, son of founder Tim Cullen, said a combination of factors led to the decision to close the store in Morris, but declined to offer any more specifics. "It's just a number of different factors and we feel terrible about it, obviously it was the last thing we wanted to do but that was the decision we came to," he said. Cullen said the three full time employees in Morris have been offered jobs at the Alexandria location. The Morris s
MORRIS – Over the last two weeks, Morris Area High School students and the Morris community have come together to raise money to help build a school in Ethiopia. During...
MORRIS — Morris Area will have a permanent superintendent beginning July 1. At a special meeting on March 9, the Morris Area School Board voted to offer the position to Rick Lahn, interim superintendent of the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District. Board members Stan Wulf and Jamie Solvie met with Lahn to negotiate a contract, which the board approved on Monday night. Under the three year contract, Lahn will start at a salary of $127,000 per year. His salary will increase to $130,000 in the second year and $132,000 in the third year.
MORRIS — Stevens County and the Morris Hockey Association are working together to try and build a community safe room at the Lee Community Center. The Morris Hockey Association has been fundraising to modify the Lee Community Center to add a warming room and observation area to the facility.
MORRIS — Dennis Sleiter of Morris has been at the Wulf Opportunity Sale every year since the first sale in 1989. A long-time friend of the family, Sleiter also operates one of Wulf Cattle's 18 satellite herds consisting of, in part, cattle he bought from the company. Wulf Cattle, a family-owned beef operation headquartered in Morris, has focused on genetically improving modern beef production through best management practices, technology and sound science since it was founded in 1955. Each year on the last Friday in March, farmers and ranchers from around the world come to Stevens Cou
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to skip applying for grant funding to support a buffer strip program and instead focus on developing a local plan to address concerns about buffer strips and water quality. Environmental Services Director Bill Kleindl told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that it appeared the grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources would require the county to develop an enforcement plan related to buffer strips. When the board first discussed the grant program in February, board members were clear that the
MORRIS – Child protection has been much-discussed topic during the current legislative session in Minnesota. This week, Governor Mark Dayton signed the first of what may be many laws to...
MORRIS — A new nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through mentorship opportunities is looking for a full time executive director. The organization was founded by Commissioner Jeanne Ennen, who was awarded an $80,000 grant through the Bush Foundation to help develop a nonprofit program that will connect individuals and mentors throughout Stevens County. Last spring, Ennen hosted a series of community meetings across Stevens County designed to generate ideas and needs for a mentorship program in Stevens County. The top priority that emerged from the community meeting