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 Morris Area School Board approved a final budget revision to the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget at their meeting Monday. The district was projecting a surplus of about $94,000 for the general fund. The budget revision passed on Monday now includes a deficit of about $8,700. This is a result of an increase of about $90,000 in revenue and an increase of about $194,000 in expenditures.
MORRIS - Morris Area High School plans to ban students from having cell phones with them during class beginning with the upcoming school year. New language in the MAHS Parent Student Handbook, which got a second reading at the Morris Area School Board's meeting on Monday night, states that students who bring cell phones or other electronic communication devices to school must leave them in their lockers during class time. Students will be allowed to check their phones between classes, and cell phones can still be used during lunch.
Correction: This article originally stated that Westmor was founded in 1982. That was incorrect. The business that would eventually becoming Westmor Industries was founded in 1972. We apologize for the error. MORRIS - The business that would eventually become Westmor Industries began in 1972 when two brothers took over a locally-owned welding business and began to make their mark welding and repairing agricultural and petroleum equipment.
MORRIS - The moment Linda Winter-Hodgson knew the story of her father's tragic first love would make a compelling story was when a neighbor, after hearing the bare bones of the story, told her it would make a great movie. "I didn't know how to make a movie, so I decided to write a book," Winter-Hodgson said. "Two Groves of Trees: A Story of Love and Second Chances" is Winter-Hodgson's third book and her first novel, although the tale is based on a true story and heavily informed by years of research.
Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly spelled the names of Greg Boldenow and Gary Dierks. We apologize for the error. CHOKIO - Landowners who have land in the Chokio Waterfowl Refuge told representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at a public hearing Thursday that they would like to use the refuge land for personal hunting. Residents opposed to the petition to abandon the refuge said it was a safe haven for geese in the area, and eliminating the space would adversely impact hunting in the region.
MORRIS, Minn. - Morris residents may see a major change to the way special assessments for public works projects are calculated in 2013, but should not expect a tax increase of more than three to five percent, based on budget guidelines approved by the Morris City Council this week. At the city council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Blaine Hill asked the council to pass a set of guidelines that will help him and the rest of the city's department heads as they develop the city's 2013 budget.
Over the last 20 years, Morning Sky Greenery has taken root in the Morris community while continually branching outward as a nationally-recognized provider of native plants for major restoration projects and personal landscaping. Owner Sally Finzel will be offering tips and advice on using native plants in landscaping during a class at the West Central Research and Outreach Center Wednesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Finzel opened Morning Sky Greenery in 1992 at a local farm with two partners.
One of the most exciting parts of vacation planning is choosing all of the attractions and restaurants I'm going to visit. However, I also find myself consistently baffled and overwhelmed by the number of choices there are to make when you visit a new and bigger place. Despite being excited about the plans that are in place, there's always this nagging feeling that I'm missing something potentially better because there are so many options. This is the paradox of choice.
MORRIS, Minn. - Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring veterans, those who have served as those who are still at war today, Morris City Manager Blaine Hill said during his Memorial Day address at Morris' 2012 Memorial Day program at the National Guard Armory on Monday. Hill is a veteran of the Minnesota National Guard, served with the Morris unit for 15 years, including as commander.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board voted Tuesday to hire a consultant to help interested districts move forward with potential consolidation with the Cyrus school district. The agreement is to work with consultant Mike Hoheisel of Northland Securities for a starting fee of $10,000, although that number could go up or down depending on how complicated the consolidation process ends up being. The resolution states that the cost of the fee will be split among whatever districts move forward with the consolidation process.