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 — Earlier this month, the Morris City Council approved plans for a new $14 million water treatment plant and voted to seek bids on the project. The new facility, approximately four to five times larger than the current plant, will be located just north of the current facility near the entrance of the University of Minnesota, Morris campus along Highway 59.
MORRIS — At the request of the Morris Area School District, the Morris Police Department will be issuing tickets to drivers who park in the fire lane outside Morris Area Elementary School. In a post to the MPD Facebook Page, Police Chief Ross Tiegs said that while there is nothing wrong with using the fire lane near the front door as a drop off point, parents will sometimes leave their car unattended to bring their children into school. Since this is a fire lane, it's a no parking area.
MORRIS — The University of Minnesota, Morris will welcome three finalists to campus to interview for the position of chancellor during the weeks of March 21 and March 28. Members of the chancellor search committee completed off-site interviews at the beginning of March to determine the three finalists. The name and curriculum vita of each finalist will be released the day before each visit, said Peh Nh, chair of the chancellor search committee.
MORRIS — As Minnesota's legislative session finishes its second week, Minnesota residents have heard a lot about what legislators and Governor Mark Dayton hope to accomplish before May 23 when the session ends. This week, we reached out to local leaders to see what their top priorities are for the session. Here's what they shared with us. County Program Aid Stevens County Coordinator Becky Young said the biggest issue of the session for Stevens County is County Program Aid.
MORRIS — Upcoming mandates about how quickly Minnesota counties must respond to child protection reports could require social workers to be on call during nights and weekends, but those requirements haven't been funded by the state of Minnesota. Human Services Director Liberty Sleiter and Social Services Supervisor Jennifer Rose outlined this issue along with the county's other child protection mandates and policies in a work session with the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
MORRIS — Four Stevens County townships will switch to mail balloting for the 2016 election, Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Amanda Barsness reported Tuesday. After learning more about the process, officials in Scott, Synnes, Stevens and Eldorado Townships voted to do away with a local precinct location and implement voting by mail.
MORRIS — Like the Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, Morris Area High School students have the chance to grab a second breakfast thanks to a new program implemented at MAHS this year. During a 10-minute break between second and third hours, the district's "second chance breakfast" is encouraging students to eat healthy and get the nutrition they need to learn.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved plans for a new $14 million water treatment plant and voted to seek bids on the project. To pay for construction and operation of the new plant, the city plans to double water utility rates for city residents from an average of $26 per month to $53 per month.
MORRIS — City of Morris officials are pleased with low bids for an improvement project on Oregon Avenue planned for this summer. Engineers estimated the construction costs for the project would be about $2.2 million, but bids reviewed by the Morris City Council this week came in well below that number. The unofficial low bidder was Riley Bros. Construction of Morris with a bid of $1.64 million. Other bids came from Breitbach Construction of Elrosa, Minnesota ($1.70 million) and Keuechle Underground of Kimball, Minnesota ($1.81 million).
One of the best parts of my week was the chance to attend Soup and Substance, a monthly event hosted by the Office of Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota, Morris where community members gather for lunch and a discussion. The topic for this month — a conversation about main street Morris — seemed especially relevant to my interests as a community member and newspaper reporter. The discussion opened with a deceptively complicated question: What does main street here in Morris or in your hometown mean to you? Hmm...