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.
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MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners are looking to cut salary increases for some county employees and elected officials and not add some new county staff in order to decrease their 2013 levy. During a budget discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Commissioner Ron Staples presented a list of 14 potential changes to the 2013 budget, including cutting back salary increases for department heads, non-union employees and elected officials from 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent.
MORRIS -- The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a list of five finalists for the position of Stevens County Sheriff at their board meeting on Wednesday. An interview panel consisting of the five commissioners, County Coordinator Brian Giese, Human Resources Director Janet Ragus, County Attorney Aaron Jordan and a guest sheriff from a neighboring county will conduct interviews with the five applicants on Monday, Nov. 10.
The Morris City Council voted Tuesday to create a new taxing district and modify two existing taxing districts in order to finance future demolition and development on the old elementary school property. During a public hearing on the resolutions, city council members learned more about Tax Increment Financing from the city's financial consultant and heard from citizens who have been involved in efforts to improve the property since the city acquired it from the Morris Area School District nine years ago.
Tap Payne isn't a ventriloquist, but he's played one on the stage. Payne and his dummy, Benny Woodman, have made regular appearances in the PlayRights' Mighty Variety Shows, but, fortunately, Payne has never had to finish his opening joke because the bit was always interrupted by a murder backstage or Benny's unfortunate beheading. During his 33 years in Morris, Payne has been an integral part of both the University of Minnesota, Morris theatre department and supporting local theatre in the community with his wife, Margaret, who co-founded the PlayRights in 1992 with friend Shaune Wunder.
MORRIS - As a high school student, Kenneth Hodgson knew that he wanted to be concert director. After a visit to St. Olaf College as a high school student from Washington, he decided to study at the college to learn "how to make a choir sound like that." "Choral singing is about working to get singers to sing together - to sing expressively," said Hodgson. "But also to get each section to blend together to sound like one voice, so no one voice stands out. That's what I wanted to learn how to do." At the time, St.
MORRIS - Proposed recommendations to change the rules for licensed family child care providers could increase the cost of child care and make it more difficult to provide child care for infants locally, representatives of the Concerned Licensed Child Care Providers of Stevens County told parents and local officials at an informational meeting on Monday.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners made plans to move forward to appoint a new sheriff, learned about the 2013 county assessments, and authorized the purchase of a new e-mail server at their regular board meeting Tuesday. Human Resources Director Janet Raguse presented the board with an outline of her timeline for moving forward with the process to interview and appoint a new sheriff following Sheriff Randy Willis' resignation effective Dec. 31, 2012. Applications for the position are due on Monday, Nov. 26.
MORRIS - For University of Minnesota, Morris seniors Kristina Grundmanis and Rachel Harder, the upcoming winter break marks more than the end of fall semester. From Dec. 13 to 29, they will be traveling to Ghana, Africa to volunteer in local orphanages.
MORRIS - On Saturday evenings, the sanctuary at Morris Evangelical Free Church looks a little more like a rock concert than a church service. Just before 6:00 p.m., the darkened room is lit up with a video counting down the minutes until "The Journey" - a contemporary worship service centered on music that hopes to help participants connect with God without some of the more familiar elements of a traditional church service.
MORRIS - This year, three students with the Morris Area Business Professionals of America team will be leading their peers at the national, state and regional level. Junior Paige Loew was selected as a national youth leader for an upcoming summit on teen distracted driving, while seniors Kaylee Brandt and Dylan Curfman were elected to lead their region and state for BPA this year. Last year, Loew was one of four students from Morris selected to participate in the National Organization for Youth (NOYS) summit on teen distracted driving.