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 both business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS — What role can the arts play in community and economic development? This was the big question posed to attendees at the 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit held at the University of Minnesota, Morris this week. During the conference, attendees were encouraged to look at the connections between art, economic development and challenging current narratives about rural America. "I really believe the stories that we tell ourselves and each other about the places we live and their potential and possibility are maybe the most important thing we can do," said Laura Zabel, executive dir
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on a proposed change the county's zoning ordinance to allow for "storage unit planned unit developments" in most zoning districts throughout the county. The proposed change was prompted by a request from Joe Riley of Riley Brothers Properties to allow for a storage units on property in Darnen Township, just south of Morris along Highway 9. "Joe Riley has indicated that he's had folks come to him wanting to buy a piece of property they could put a storage shed on to store their boat, camper, fish hous
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a conditional use permit for a company to build a 30-unit assisted living facility at the corner of Seventh Street and College Avenue. The project was first presented by Kent Marthaler, president of KC Companies, at a public hearing held by the Morris Planning Commission on Tuesday, May 19. The facility will be run by Golden Horizons, a company that managed eight other facilities in Minnesota and Iowa. The estimated cost for the one-floor building is $3.3 million.
MORRIS — Rain could not dampen the spirits of friends, relatives and community members who gathered on a drizzly Memorial Day to dedicate a monument recognizing citizens from Stevens County who died while serving their country. "It is our hope that for generations to come, those who drive or walk by here will realize that freedom is not free," said VFW Commander Ted Storck, who presided over the dedication ceremony. "These are not just names etched on this black granite — they were like us, enjoying the sunshine, the rain. They were like us ...
MORRIS — Ortonville resident Brent Olson, the keynote speaker for Morris' Memorial Day program, asked listeners to grapple with he called a question without an answer: "What cause is worth your children dying for?" For Olson, this question was illustrated clearly when his son was deployed in the Persian Gulf.
MORRIS – Motorists in downtown Morris should be prepared to stop, as downtown stoplights have been temporarily replaced with stop signs as part of a road and sidewalk improvement project...
MORRIS – Motorists in Morris can expect some parking restrictions and temporary sidewalk closures this week as a result of construction work downtown. Last week, crews with the Minnesota Department...
MORRIS — As veterans of World War II age, national efforts are being made to recognize them and honor their service. World War II veteran Keith Davison of Morris, now 92 years old, flew on the most recent Honor Flight to Washington D.C., a trip that helped bring back memories of the United States in the 1940s and his time serving overseas. "It was really a different experience because, well, they treated us all like we were heroes," said Davison.
MORRIS — Beginning next fall, education in the Morris Area School District will start to look a lot different. Laptops, iPads and Chromebooks are being purchased and the district will become a "Google School" as a district-wide technology initiative organizers are calling "One to World" rolls out to staff and students. The phrase "1:1" or "one-to-one" is commonly used to describe a technology plan that puts an electronic device in the hands of every student. In a presentation to the Morris Area School Board on Monday, second grade teacher Austin Miller said the district Technology Com
MORRIS — Morris' newest hotel, the GrandStay Hotel and Suites, opened last Friday, May 15 at 5:15 p.m.