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 — 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.
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