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 — A nine-year-old girl was killed in a farm accident north of Chokio on Saturday, May 2, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office reported this week. At approximately 11:15 a.m. Saturday, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office responded to a farm accident in El Dorado Township, approximately 13 miles north of Chokio. The victim, Charlotte Anne VanKempen of Herman, was airlifted to the St.
MORRIS — Utilities are being relocated and a new fiber optic line is being laid in anticipation of the May 26 start date for a regrading project on County State Aid Highway 1 between Highway 9 and CSAH 10. On Tuesday, County Engineer Todd Larson told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners said the project may even start early if the contractor, Riley Bros.
MORRIS — Minnesota's health insurance marketplace is not working well for residents or local county caseworkers, a situation county officials would like to see addressed. The human services directors in a nine-county region, including Stevens County, have drafted a letter to the MNsure board of directors outlining problems in the system.
MORRIS — About a year after the city of Morris officially sold the old elementary school property to a local developer, plans are coming forward for development of the site. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a preliminary plat for the property with one 3.58 acre lot at the corner of Seventh Street and College Avenue for a 30-unit assisted living facility. If property lines and financing can be worked out, ground could be broken on the site as early as June, City Manager Blaine Hill said. The plat reviewed by the council only has property lines for the single lot.
MORRIS — The city of Morris is ready to start looking at capacity and feasibility for a new water treatment plant for the municipal water system. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved approximately $67,000 in expenses to engineering firm Bolton and Menk to begin preliminary work and gather data needed to design a new plan. The city hired Bolton and Menk in 2013 to look at the city's aging water and wastewater facilities and develop a capital improvement plan for the infrastructure. A plan presented in early 2014 by engineer Kris Swanson suggested a phased approach, first buildi
MORRIS — To encourage Morris Area High School students to eat breakfast, MAHS will be adding a second chance for students to eat in the morning. Principal Craig Peterson and food service staff member Bonnie Schmidt shared details about the new program with the Morris Area School Board on Monday. The changes to the district's breakfast program are a result of working with Project Breakfast, a three-year grant program and study through the University of Minnesota.
MORRIS — Stevens County Human Services performs better than state mandates on processing food support applications. On Tuesday, Human Services Director Joanie Murphy gave an update to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners about the county's performance in two measures related to Cash Assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Stevens County currently has about 250 food support cases. There are two measures for processing these income maintenance requests.
MORRIS — Students and community members would like to see more staff for the Morris Area High School band department, but budget challenges may make adding teachers difficult. On Tuesday, the Morris Area School Board heard from students in support of the program and reviewed a preliminary budget for the 2015 — 2016 school year. The district went into the budget with an approximately $300,000 deficit — $100,000 from a loss of transition aid from the consolidation with Cyrus and about a $200,000 decrease in the general education levy. The district is projected to have 20 add
MORRIS — All of the preschool classrooms in the Morris Area Pre-K program are filled with words — there are labels on everything from walls to tables — and teachers use tested interventions to make sure students are building on skills like vocabulary, letter names, letter sounds, rhyming and alliteration. At the end of the day, some students have "talk, read and write" bags they can take home to work on reading skills with their parents. Many of these features are thanks to the hard work of Morris Area's Pre-K instructors and Ashleigh Thompson and Rachel Balzar, 2014 gradua
Pioneer expands viewing area through Dish Network and DirecTV It took about nine years of negotiating, fundraising and problem solving, but now Pioneer Public Television is viewable on Dish Network and DirecTV in the Twin Cities designated market area (DMA).