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 — Work on sidewalks in downtown Morris has moved quickly over the last two weeks. Crews finished work on the east side of Atlantic Avenue the weekend of June 20, and expected to finish the west side the weekend of June 27. This will allow crews to mill and pave Highway 9 through downtown Morris this week. Work on this phase of the project has already begun, making driving downtown a challenge. Last week, crews also finished pedestrian ramps at various locations along Highway 9 and Highway 28. They also continued grading work on Highway 28 between Highway 9 and Highway 59.
MORRIS — Thanks to an increase in general education aid from the state of Minnesota, Morris Area's 2015 — 2016 budget has a small surplus. The district was initially projecting a budget deficit of approximately $300,000 for the upcoming year.
MORRIS — The Morris Area School Board named Bill Kehoe of Morris the next principal of Morris Area High School at their regular meeting on Tuesday. Kehoe is currently the principal at Dawson-Boyd High School. He previously served as principal in the Chokio-Alberta School District from 2012 to 2014 and as a high school math teacher at Benson High School from 1999 to 2012. He's also taught college math at the University of Minnesota, Morris since 2010. Kehoe graduated from Chokio-Alberta High School in 1994, then earned his associate's degree from Fergus Falls Community College.
MORRIS — Members of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners almost put to a halt to a merger of two local housing organizations after Commissioner Ron Staples expressed concern that Stevens County's rural residents would be unfairly asked to pay for programs in the city of Morris. Last week, the Morris City Council approved "full transfer" of programs and assets from the Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority to the Stevens County HRA.
MORRIS — Although some farmers and producers are reluctant to talk about sustainability, where food comes from and how it was cared for has become important for many consumers. As a result, it is also a concern for companies like General Mills that produce food for consumers. For Steve Peterson, director of sourcing and sustainability for General Mills, the impact of sustainable farming goes beyond immediate economic interests. "I've come to understand that this nexus of agriculture and producing food and preserving the globe that we all share is, I believe, probably one of the more s
MORRIS — Stevens County will add two new social workers in the department's children's unit, thanks in part to additional state funding for child protection measures. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 in favor of adding two new social workers in the children's unit, one to focus on child protection cases and another for children's mental health work. Commissioners Jeanne Ennen, Donny Wohlers and Bob Koptizke voted in favor of adding the positions, while Commissioners Phil Gausman and Ron Staples voted against. Funding for one position will come from
MORRIS — Although work on a street and sidewalk project in downtown Morris progressed more slowly than anticipated last week, crews hope to have most of the sidewalk work on the east side of Atlantic Avenue completed by mid-week. This means contractors could start removing some parking and front entrance restrictions to affected businesses at that time. Once work on sidewalks and corners on the east side of Highway 9 is completed, crews will move to begin work on the west side of the street.
MORRIS — The Morris Area Farmers Market will open this year's market season next Thursday, June 18 at 3 p.m. in a new location and with plans to make the market a weekly celebration of healthy eating and local foods. "We're striving to make this market year a town square type of feel, and that local foods is a part of the community building that we're doing," explained Mary Jo Forbord, chair of Morris Healthy Eating. This year, the market will be held just one day per week, Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.
This weekend, I'm getting out of town. By 5:30 on Friday afternoon, I'll be on the road with friends, heading to my parent's cabin in Wisconsin for a long weekend. It's my first weekend at the lake this year and I couldn't be more excited. I told a friend in the audience at the Kiwanis Talent Show that I was tempted to just write "I'm going to the cabin!" over and over again for this week's column. But better sense prevailed after I thought a bit more about why a weekend away is fun, and why I don't do them very often. It's pretty common to hear that Morris isn't a weekend destination.
MORRIS — Although this year's legislative session had mixed outcomes in many areas, one thing that's clear is that laws related to water quality are getting more stringent. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners met with Kurt Deter, a lawyer with Rinke Noonan and the county's legal advisor on ditch issues, to discuss the potential impacts of buffer strip legislation that has been a controversial part of Gov.