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 — 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.
MORRIS — Morris Area's efforts to address bullying have improved the climate in the district, but there is still work to be done. This was the message administrators shared during a presentation on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a program the district has employed since 2012. Olweus defines bullying as "when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself." This is similar to the state of Minnesota definition of bullying, which addresses "intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming cond
MORRIS — On Monday, members of the Morris Area School Board held a work session with superintendent Rick Lahn to discuss potential goals or focus areas for the upcoming year. This discussion is partially a result of contract negotiations with the new superintendent. In addition to the base salary, $127,000 for the 2015-2016 school year, Lahn can earn a performance bonus of up to $5,000 based on completing a set of goals set by the school board. Lahn offered two goal areas as suggestions, one general and one more specific. The first general focus area is technology.
MORRIS — Since 2005, the LTD Motorcycle Memorial Tour has wound through west central Minnesota each July, providing an opportunity for veterans and community members to honor three area soldiers who were killed overseas. Although this year, the 10th annual ride, will be the last one, organizers and participants know that Sergeant Jesse Lhotka of Appleton, First Lieutenant Jason Timmerman of Tracy, and Staff Sergeant David Day of Morris will not be forgotten, recognized with the theme "Until We Meet Again." The LTD Ride was started in the summer of 2005 to honor Lhotka, Timmerman and Da
MORRIS — Stevens County will look into the cost of hiring a private firm to complete an annual audit, now that changes to state law allows the county to do so. Earlier this month, Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Amanda Barsness received a letter from the Office of the State Auditor for auditing services for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Barsness said the engagement letter is unusual because it normally arrives in February or March of the year the audit is taking place and is generally only for one year.
MORRIS — Theater fans of Morris will have the chance to audition for a musical to be performed this fall, thanks to a new collaboration hoping to bring Plays in the Park. St.
MORRIS — The city of Morris is looking into a variety of funding sources to help offset the cost of proposed new water treatment plant for the city. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council voted to submit an application for a Point Source Implementation Grant through the state of Minnesota. This is a new funding opportunity the city can take advantage of for the water treatment plant project. During the last legislative session, the law was changed to allow local units of government to use this grant program for water treatment plants.