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 — Visitors to the Stevens County Fair won't hear the flapping, clucking and squawking they've come to expect in the Poultry Barn at the fair.
MORRIS — The Prairie Inn of Morris has a new name and new owners with a vision for how to bring the hotel back to the property long-time members of the community remember. The new owners, B&H Hospitality, said their vision for the newly-named Hotel 200 is for a mid-range, modern-but-comfortable space that can provide the benefits of a full-service hotel to the area. Co-owner Maggie Buss said she and her family have been trying to purchase the hotel for about four years, but finally came to an agreement with former owners Bhupen and Amy Ray to take possession of the property last Thur
MORRIS — The 142nd annual Stevens County Fair kicks off this Wednesday, Aug. 12 for a long weekend of fun and activities at the Stevens County Fairgrounds in Morris. This year, there will be a new event in the Bank of the West Demo Derby on Sunday, Aug. 16 — a lawn mower class. In this event, drivers can outfit riding lawn mowers by removing the deck and adding safety bars to protect the driver. Stevens County has teamed up with the Big Stone County Fair to help get drivers for this new event.
MORRIS — Stevens County's share of state aid continues to decrease and will have an impact on the 2016 tax levy, County Coordinator Becky Young told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The county received $271,482 in County Program Aid in 2015, but will get just $147,576 in 2016 — a 45 percent reduction in just one year. Stevens County saw a 25 percent decrease in 2014 and a further 30 percent decrease in 2015. Young called the 2016 allocation "very disappointing" and said it will be a real issue when it comes to formulating the 2016 budget.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a change to the county's policy on installing signs to protect the county's road right of ways from encroachment by planted fields. The updated policy allows the county to charge landowners who damage the right of way markers and work with landowners on options to reduce the number of markers installed on their property. In November 2013, the county adopted a policy to gradually install markers along road right of ways across Stevens County to alleviate safety concerns related to road visibility.
MORRIS — The Morris City Council met on Tuesday, July 28 and discussed a range of issues. Here are five things you should know from their meeting: 1.
MORRIS — The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization declared 2015 the International Year of Soils in order to bring attention to the crucial role soils play in agricultural production and water quality. This year's Field Day for the North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab on Thursday, July 23 focused on why good soil is important and on the research being done at the lab to help farmers improve soil quality. Dr.
MORRIS — After many months of planning, RUSC Kinship Mentoring is now recruiting individual adults, couples and families who are interested in mentoring a young person in the Stevens County area. Andrea Bobrick, executive director of RUSC Kinship Mentoring, said the organization defines mentoring as building a positive, caring relationship with a young person who can look to their mentor as a role model. Bobrick said there is a flexible idea of mentoring through the program, but encourages potential mentors to "incorporate the kids they're paired with into their lives and their familie
MORRIS — A lobbying organization for greater Minnesota cities believes this year's legislative session was a disappointment for greater Minnesota. Elizabeth Wefel, a lobbyist with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, visited the Morris City Council on Tuesday to share an update on how cities fared during the most recent legislative session. Broadly, the Coalition felt the session failed to meet expectations for greater Minnesota, Wefel said.
MORRIS — A ribbon cutting for Evolve U, a new health and wellness-related business in Morris, was held on Saturday, July 18. Owner Jeni VanKempen-Craynon said her inspiration for the name of the store, "Evolve U," is the idea that people are always trying to become their better self. "We are always evolving to be a better self. Are we going to slip? Yeah. Are we going to be perfect? No.