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 — 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...
MORRIS — Transportation, taxes, and bonding are the three key areas Rep. Jeff Backer and Sen. Torrey Westrom believe will be covered in the upcoming legislative session. Backer and Westrom were in Morris on Tuesday for one of six town hall meetings they hosted across the district. This will be their last swing through the district before the legislative session starts next Tuesday, March 8.
MORRIS — On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to advertise for bids on the second phase of a project to improve County State Aid Highway 1 north of Hancock The bid is for 4.8 miles of bituminous paving and aggregate shouldering on CSAH 1 between Highway 9 and CSAH 10. This the second phase of a project that began in 2015.
MORRIS — Democratic-Farm-Labor Party voters in Stevens County helped Sen. Bernie Sanders win a decisive victory in Minnesota, supporting him at a greater margin than the state average. Sanders easily took the Democratic caucus in Stevens County, earning 645 votes to Sec. Hillary Clinton's 126 votes. A total of 776 votes were cast in the well-attended caucus at the Old No. 1 Southside.
MORRIS — Sen. Marco Rubio's win in Minnesota on Super Tuesday represented his first major victory. He was assisted by voters in Stevens County, where he narrowly beat rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Rubio was active in the state considered to be up for grabs, and a projected record turnout favored him over rivals Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.