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 Area High School ag instructor Nick Milbrandt is the most recent recipient of the Pay it Forward Stevens County Award. Milbrandt was surprised with the award at a pep fest at MAHS on Thursday, Dec. 18. The celebration included the "cheer squad" leading a chant for Milbrandt and a song by the Morris Area High School band. Milbrandt was nominated for the award by fellow teacher Peg Rinkenberger, who praised him for the big impact he has had on the community in just a short time. "No matter who seems to need help, Nick tends to show up," Rinkenberger wrote.
MORRIS – On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a 4.1 percent tax levy increase for 2015. At the county’s truth in taxation hearing on Dec. 2, County...
MORRIS – Over the weekend, the Morris Fire Department responded to two calls for help in less than three hours as a result of unsafe ice conditions on area lakes...
MORRIS - The Morris Area School District will be closing at 1:15 p.m. today due to the weather. The Morris Area High School band concert, scheduled for tonight, has been...
MORRIS — Enforcing the city's new snow and ice removal ordinance is proving to be more complicated than anticipated. Since the ordinance officially went into effect on Dec. 1, questions have arisen about what constitutes a cleared sidewalk, how to check whether sidewalks are being cleared, and how to effectively issue tickets for uncleared sidewalks. After the most recent round of mild snowfall, city staff went around to check sidewalks.
MORRIS — Todd Larson has spent his entire life living in west central Minnesota, working in both the public and private sector and farming near Clinton. He brings all of those experiences to the position of Stevens County Engineer, which he was hired for in July. Even as a high school student in Wheaton, Larson knew that he was interested in working in a county engineering department. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in civil engineering, Larson accepted a job in the highway department in Chippewa County.
MORRIS — The Morris City Council again voted to freeze taxes for 2015, keeping the city's tax level flat for the third year in a row. The council also voted to increase utility rates to help pay for ongoing maintenance and repair costs. At a budget presentation to the Morris City Council on Tuesday, City Manager Blaine Hill said the final approved tax levy for 2015 is about $1.29 million. Wages for city staff are up two percent, and the city's contribution for health insurance also increased, but these costs were offset by an additional $153,526 in Local Government Aid in 2014 and ano
MORRIS — The Morris Police Department is investigating an incident where a nine-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after being hit by a car. Just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, the Morris Police Department responded to a report of a personal injury accident on South Street near the intersection with Colorado Avenue, Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs said. According to a statement from the MPD, Christina Minke, 36 of Morris, was driving westbound on South Street when she was hailed by her juvenile son and his friends.
By the time Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially opened this week, members of the West Central Trailblazers had already put in countless hours of work to make sure the 273 miles of trails were ready for use. When the West Central Trailblazers was founded in March of 1995, their goal was to build a system of trails that would connect to trails maintained by the Douglas Area Trail Association, explained Dan Ehleringer, trail coordinator for the club.
MORRIS, Minn. - The application period for grants from the Stevens County Foundation is open through the end of December. The Stevens County Foundation was formed as part of the...