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 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.
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.