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 — On Tuesday, University of Minnesota, Morris staff and students and their community partners gathered at the Stevens County Historical Museum to celebrate the campus' ongoing community engagement work. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler attended the celebration to congratulate the campus on two recent national awards and recognize recipients of awards from the UMM Office of Community Engagement. In January, UMM was one of 83 colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation to receive initial Community Engagement Classification, based on collaboration and
MORRIS — The Morris Area High School Speech Team will cap up their most successful season to date by sending six students to the Minnesota State High School Class A Speech Tournament this weekend. At the Section 6A tournament on Saturday, April 11, Jessica Burks was named section champion in Prose Reading, and the team of Alyna Kleinwolterink and Kate Folkman was named section champion in Duo Interpretation.
MORRIS — Morris Area High School students had the chance to see government in action on Tuesday, March 14 when the Morris City Council held their regular meeting in the high school auditorium. After discussing annexation, assessments and general city business, council members told students what they think the most pressing issues facing the city are. Their answers were: Mayor Sheldon Giese — "Funding is always a major issue. Morris heavily relies on the state government for Local Government Aid for a good portion of our budget. One thing that always comes up are the roads.
MORRIS – On Thursday, April 16, Stevens County will send out a test CodeRED emergency alert to all Stevens County landline telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, email and other groups...
Filling space on the Morris Sun Tribune opinion page has always been a challenge for me. I'm a reporter at heart, so I tend to spend more time thinking about and writing content for the news pages than I do on what should take over page six. But I know that readers value a robust, strong-minded opinion page.
MORRIS — A Minnesota Department of Transportation sidewalk construction project in downtown Morris is scheduled to begin on May 4. MnDOT provided updates on the project, one of 290 transportation construction projects scheduled statewide, during a construction kickoff meeting on Thursday, April 2. The project in Morris will make all downtown sidewalks ADA compliant, improve pedestrian safety, and install new stoplights along Morris' main street. The sidewalk improvement will be followed by a paving project to resurface Highway 9 through Morris and Highway 28 on the north side of tow
MORRIS — Two Morris residents are facing felony-level drug charges after the Morris Police Department found more than 11 grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Morris. Kenneth Samuel Powers, age 35, and Stephanie Kay Novotny, age 38, have been charged with first degree sale and possession of 10 or more grams of methamphetamine and second degree possession of a controlled substance. Powers faces two additional charges of knowingly violating requirements to register with police as a predatory offender following a prior conviction for false imprisonment in Otter Tail County. Accord
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.