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 — Area schools need additional funding and help recruiting and retaining teachers, area superintendents told legislators last week. On Thursday, April 2, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Deputy Minority Leader Paul Marquart met with local education leaders for a round table discussion on education priorities for the upcoming session. The stop in Morris took place during the Legislature's "spring break," about six weeks before the session is scheduled to adjourn.
MORRIS — Morris Area juniors Andrew Mahoney, Owen Ericksen, Adam Uphoff and Jacob Johnson will be testing their smarts at the state Knowledge Bowl meet in Brainerd, which begins later tonight. The team has been successful competing all year, capping off their season with a first place finish at their regional competition. Each Knowledge Bowl meet opens with a written round where teams are challenged to answer 60 multiple choice questions in 50 minutes.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners awarded a contract to regrade County State Aid Highway 1 between Highway 9 and CSAH 10 to Riley Bros. Construction of Morris. This is the first phase of a two-year improvement project designed to address safety issues and flooding around Page Lake. Stevens County received five bids on the project. Riley Bros.
MORRIS — This year, Morris Area High School welcomed two exchange students from Germany to the district for the spring 2015 semester. Although sophomore Carla Wittern and junior Niklas Mauer are from very different parts of Germany, both said they wanted to come study in the United States to experience a new culture and improve their English skills. Wittern is from Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, where she lives with her parents.
MORRIS — Local business leaders helped share the story of ethanol and its importance to the rural economy during a meeting with members of the Minnesota House of Representatives last week. On Friday, March 27, House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin and Rep. Jeff Backer visited the Morris area to tour Denco II and, later, meet with constituents at the annual Wulf Cattle Opportunity Sale. Backer said he invited Peppin to tour the district to better understand how ethanol works and its impact on different aspects of the agricultural economy. "Ethanol is extremely important to the U.S.
MORRIS — A 35-year-old Morris man was arrested in Georgia in late February after being charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct. Esteban Perez-Juarez made his first appearance in Stevens County District County on Monday, March 23. Perez-Juarez is charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first, second, third and fourth degrees stemming from an incident in Morris on Feb. 21 where Perez-Juarez allegedly assaulted a 29-year-old man.
MORRIS — Stepping up and lending a helping hand to his neighbors is just one reason Tom Grotjohn will be missed when he moves out of his Morris neighborhood. Grotjohn is the most recent recipient of the Pay it Forward Stevens County Award. He was nominated by his long-time neighbor Avis Brandt, who praised the assistance he has given her with chores both big and small. In the winter, Grotjohn clears the sidewalks on front of Brandt's house and a home rented by a group of University of Minnesota, Morris students.
MORRIS — The Morris Area Elementary School Library has more than 40 new bilingual books in circulation thanks to generous donations from the local community. Last year, librarian Noelle Mickelsen listed her request for more bilingual reading materials on the website DonorsChoose.org. The website helps public school teachers use crowdfunding to meet their classroom needs, placing descriptions of their projects on the site and seeking tax-deductible donations.
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.