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 - A Stevens County man is facing seven counts of criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually assaulted a girl repeatedly over a four-year period. Cruz Mar Del-Angel, 39, faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for incidents that allegedly took place in Stevens County from approximately 2007 through 2010. According to the complaint, the girl told law enforcement that Del-Angel touched her in appropriately her on multiple occasions and forced her to have sex with him once.
MORRIS - Lee Byberg, a 50-year-old businessman from Willmar, believes that U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has been in office too long, and that we need to step back to an era of smaller government to promote economy prosperity. Byberg, the Republican-endorsed candidate set to challenge Peterson, recently published a book outlining his plan for how to fix America. In the first 10 days after Builders of Our Land was published at the beginning of September, Byberg said he had sold 800 copies. Proceeds from the book sales will be used to help fund Byberg's campaign.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners authorized the Stevens County Sheriff's office to purchase a new squad car at their regular meeting on Tuesday. Deputy Sheriff Jason Dingman said the office compared the prices of buying a squad car from both Nelson Ford in Fergus Falls and Valu Ford in Morris.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board voted Monday to certify the maximum amount for the district's 2013 preliminary levy - an increase of 1.68 percent over 2012. The maximum levy amount is set by the Department of Education, and amounts to a proposed levy of about $3.2 million. From this point forward, the board can chose to lower the levy, but they won't be able to raise it. The board will set their final levy amount after a Truth in Taxation hearing on Dec. 17, 2012.
MORRIS - Two brothers involved in the murder of their mother will spend the foreseeable future in prison, while the third has been released from prison with time served after a judge elected to sentence him at the lower end of Minnesota's sentencing guidelines in Stevens County District Court on Monday. Jacob Seth Cobb, 18, Dylan Cody Clemens, 26, and Andrew Quinton Cobb, 19, all appeared before Judge Gerald Seibel on Monday for sentencing in the murder of their mother, 50-year-old Tamara Lee Mason.
MORRIS - By January, new Morris Area High School Principal Craig Peterson hopes that he will know every student at MAHS. With more than twice as many students as Peterson's last school, he knows the project will be a challenge. "I've been looking through the [yearbook] probably each night, trying to get faces and names," said Peterson. Education runs in the family for Peterson - his father served as superintendent of Peterson's high school, Eden Valley-Watkins, and his mother worked as an elementary school teacher.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council has passed a preliminary 2013 budget of about $9.17 million, with a preliminary tax levy of about $1.34 million - a 6.9 percent increase over 2012. From this point forward, the city can only lower the proposed tax levy. City Manager Blaine Hill told the council that he was still shooting for a levy increase of between three and five percent.
MORRIS - A preliminary public hearing on a proposed construction project on the west side of Morris in 2013 will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5:20 p.m. The construction project includes West 9th, 10th, and 11th Streets between Pacific Avenue and Park Avenue, along with Idaho and Nevada Avenues from West 8th Street to Park Avenue. City Manager Blaine Hill has proposed changing the city's assessment policy for pavement, starting with the 2013 project. Currently, the city does not assess residents for pavement in street construction projects.
MORRIS - In the last 11 years, staff and volunteers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center's Horticulture Display Garden have funded and implemented the vision created in the garden's first master plan. With help from the original landscape architect, the 13-member Horticulture Advisory Committee have developed a second master plan for the garden, which was presented to garden supporters at the garden's donor recognition dinner on Wednesday night.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School District will officially kick-off a new bullying prevention program across the district in October. In preparation for implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Morris Area students will have early dismissals the next two Mondays - Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 - for Olweus training for district staff.