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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It's 2015. People everywhere are making resolutions — lose weight, read more, quit smoking, etc. To resolve is the act of finding an answer or solution to a problem. Yet most of our resolutions are never achieved. According to Marti Hope Gonzales, Associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, just six weeks after making a resolution, 80 percent of people either have broken them or cannot even recall what they resolved.
MORRIS — The Stevens County Board of Commissioners elected Commissioner Bob Kopitzke to serve as board chair in 2015. The board also elected Donny Wohlers as vice chair and appointed County Coordinator Becky Young as clerk to the board at their first meeting of the year on Tuesday. Kopitzke opened the meeting by thanking Commissioner Jeanne Ennen for her work as chair in 2014, as well as the rest of the members of the board. "We had quite an exciting six months or so there and I think we all got to be better commissioners because of it," said Kopitzke.
MORRIS — The nine members of the Morris Area School Board met for the first time on Monday, where they elected Dick Metzger to serve as chair for the upcoming year. The board also re-elected Robyn VanEps as vice chair, and elected Lisa Kurtz as clerk/treasurer during their annual organization meeting on Tuesday. Since the district consolidated with the Cyrus School District in 2013, the school board has operated with 13 members.
MORRIS – Lane Reuben Koehl, son of Kurtis and Crystal Koehl of Morris, was the first baby born in 2015 at Stevens Community Medical Center. Lane arrived on Friday, Jan...
I always feel like the changing calendar gives me the chance to look at life with a fresh set of eyes. While I know that Jan. 1, 2015 is really no different from Dec.
MORRIS — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city of Morris a $119,000 Parks and Trails Legacy Grant to improve the concession stand building at Pomme de Terre Park. The new building will include two new showers/bathrooms, an update to the old bathrooms and a community room for campers and community members to use. The project also includes a patio area and a remodel to the kitchen area of the main shelter. City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council in November that the building is constructed well, but needs to be remodeled to accommodate the need
MORRIS — In the second six months of 2014, county government had a shake-up, Chizek Field got an upgrade, and two institutions worked to recover from flooding.
MORRIS — During the last meeting of the Morris Area School Board in 2014, administrators took a moment to recognize outgoing board members Kurt Gartland, Lory Lemke and Robin Anderson for their service to the school district. "I always admire people who are willing to volunteer — because it really is a volunteer position — their time and their energies to make sure kids are getting a good education," said Superintendent Diane Moeller.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved approved wages for non-union employees and appointed officials based on a recently-completed wage and compensation study. The new grades and steps include a 1.6 percent cost of living adjustment built into the new scale. The county initially budgeted about a 4.5 percent increase in salaries to account for any changes that would result from the study. However, the overall salary difference between the old scale and the new scale was about $118,723.
MORRIS — Last week, the Morris City Council authorized City Manager Blaine Hill to continue working with the University of Minnesota, Morris to develop a possible solar energy initiative for the city of Morris. In November, Hill and Mayor Sheldon Giese met with UMM representatives and staff with Eutechtics, a clean energy consulting firm, to discuss a potential community solar power project. The meeting was a follow-up to a visit of a delegation from Saerbeck, Germany, to the community to share ideas about community power projects. During the meeting, the group discussed developing a