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 - Despite the general cynicism that seems to go hand-in-hand with election season, I've always been a bit of a political junkie. My current boyfriend and I had our first "date" - in quotation marks, since I'm not sure that he really considered it a proper date at the time - watching the election returns on Nov. 4, 2008 when Barack Obama defeated John McCain. After the race was called (very early in the evening, if I remember correctly) we went for a walk down State Street in Madison, Wisconsin.
MORRIS - Stevens County voters came out in slightly lower numbers than voters across the state of Minnesota for Tuesday's primary, but most cast their votes for the winning candidates in congressional and judicial elections. Of the 5,847 registered voters in Stevens County, 439 voted in Tuesday's primary election, about 7.5 percent voter turnout. Statewide, voter turnout for the primary was around 9 percent. Incumbent Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar easily won her primary, beating the second place candidate by almost 178,000 votes.
MORRIS - Two candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and two for the Minnesota House met at a candidate forum focused on agriculture at the Stevens County Fair last Saturday, but did not find many areas to disagree on when discussing industry regulation and the role of government oversight in farming. The forum, moderated by Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Papp, included both candidates running to represent District 12A in the Minnesota House of Representatives - Jay McNamar (DFL) and Scott Dutcher (GOP) - as well as Rep.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board and Morris City Council will have contested races this November. Five candidates have filed for the four open seats on the school board -- incumbents Dick Metzger, Stan Wulf, Jamie Solvie and Brent Fuhrman and newcomer Mike Odello, who also ran in 2012. Three candidates have filed for the two-year city council term left vacant by Twig Webster's resignation -- James Henricks, Brian Solvie and Joshua Gladis. There are also two open four-year terms on the city council.
MORRIS - Three familiar faces have filed for the Morris Area School Board, while races for two four-year terms on the Morris City Council remain wide open. The filing period for both elections continues until Tuesday, Aug. 14. Brent Fuhrman, Stan Wulf and and Jamie Solvie have all filed for open seats on the Morris Area School Board. There are currently four open seats on the school board. In the city council election, James Henricks abd Brian Solvie have filed for a two-year term left open by Twig Webster's retirement.
MORRIS - Although the Stevens County Board of Commissioners acknowledged that they needed to move forward with a county-wide geographic information system, board members expressed concerns about expanding the county's payroll to hire a full-time GIS technician at their meeting Tuesday. The board ultimately tabled the discussion until after they have had a chance to dig further into the county budget for 2013.
MORRIS - Former Morris Mayor Carol Wilcox returned to city government Tuesday when she was sworn in as an interim city council member. Wilcox will fill former council member Twig Webster's seat until the Nov. 6 election when a new city council member is elected. Mayor Sheldon Giese thanked Wilcox for agreeing to serve the city again. As part of her interim duties, Wilcox will represent the city council on the Morris Park Board and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. "Thanks to everyone for thinking a 76-year-old brain is worth picking," Wilcox said.
MORRIS - Jacob Seth Cobb pled guilty on Wednesday to the December 2010 murder of his mother, 50-year-old Tamara Lee Mason. Cobb, 18 of Alberta, pled guilty to the second count of his indictment, murder in the second degree while committing assault in the third degree, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. At the plea hearing, Cobb said that on the night of Mason's murder he and his brothers, Dylan Clemens and Andrew Cobb, got upset with their mother. The three "decided that I would attack [Mason]," Jacob said. He then "grabbed her around the throat" and choked her.
MORRIS - Craig Peterson, the former high school principal and activities director for the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo school district, has been named principal of Morris Area High School. Although Peterson was formally approved by the school board at a special meeting on Wednesday, he had already put in a couple days of work, meeting with Superintendent Scott Monson last Friday, participating in a fundraising golf event Saturday, and getting settled in his office Monday. Peterson was one of six candidates who were interviewed for the position.
MORRIS - A tentative plea agreement has been reached for an Alberta teenager who is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree in the death of his mother. Jacob Seth Cobb, 18, will return to court Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a hearing on a plea agreement, said Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan. Details of the plea agreement were not released. According to court records, a jury trial scheduled to begin on Aug. 13 has been cancelled. Cobb was certified to stand trial as an adult in November 2011 for the December 2010 death of 50-year-old Tamara Lee Mason.