Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. 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 — If a disaster happens in Stevens County, local emergency officials and first responders will be more prepared thanks to a new training organized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Last week, nearly 50 participants from Stevens County spent two days at Camp Ripley in Little Falls working together on now to effectively respond in a disaster situation. Stevens County was the first county in the state to participate in this new program organized by the state's division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM). The Minnesota Integrated Emergency Management
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved job descriptions for all employees in the county, the final step in finishing a wage and compensation study that began in mid-2014. Human Resources Director Janet Raguse said there were 15 appeals from staff members related to the wage and compensation study. Some of those appeals resulted in changes, either to the grade of the job or to the number of points the job earned.
MORRIS – The Morris Sun Tribune was named best website among weekly newspapers in its circulation category in the Minnesota Newspaper Association 2013 – 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards...
MORRIS – On Monday, Feb. 2 at about 8:40 a.m. local emergency responders were called to a two vehicle accident on Highway 59 and County Road 8 south of Morris...
MORRIS - The Morris Area High School one act play, The Cove , took first place at the subsection one act competition on Saturday, Jan. 31 and will advance to...
MORRIS — Downtown business owners will have a chance to learn more about project to improve Morris' main street this summer at a public meeting with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday that MnDOT will meet with interested parties to discuss the project on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
MORRIS — Morris Area High School ag instructor Nick Milbrandt was named Volunteer of the Year by Pay it Forward Stevens County at a dinner for all honorees at Pizza Ranch on Monday night. Milbrandt was nominated for Pay it Forward Stevens County by fellow teacher Peg Rinkenberger.
MORRIS — Morris Area High School will present this year's one act play, The Cove, next Thursday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Area High School auditorium. The subsection contest will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Morris. The Cove, was written by Morris Area alum Thomas McPhee, class of 2012, who is currently studying theatre and writing at Hampshire College. The play is about an institution that provides patients with a new start by granting them new identities.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Morris Area School Board approved a three year leave of absence to ag instructor and FFA Advisor Natasha Mortenson. Mortenson has been offered a position as a social licensing specialist at Riverview LLP and Wulf Cattle. In a letter to the administration and the school board, Mortenson said she made the request with "great excitement and sadness" and that she has enjoyed "everything about being an agriculture teacher at MAHS." "The students here are absolutely the most fantastic bunch of young adults I could have ever imagined teaching," Mortenson wrote.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners updated their standing rules to offer more opportunities for public comment during board meetings. Under the old rules, public comment was heard during the public comment period on the agenda, usually at the beginning of the meeting, and prior to a scheduled item on the agenda. Commissioner Jeanne Ennen proposed changing the rules to allow attendees to comment during discussions, not just before a scheduled item. "People need to be able to voice their opinions, and not just at the beginning of the meeting," agreed Commissi