Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. 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 — The city of Cyrus and the Cyrus Fire Department celebrated the completion of a new fire hall, city office and community center on Saturday, April 9. Leaders with the Cyrus Fire Department have been working on fundraising for a new fire hall since 2013 when it became increasingly apparent their old facility — a former machinery dealership retrofitted to serve the needs of a small town fire department — was no longer adequate.
MORRIS — Morris Area High School ninth graders got a lesson in local government and civic responsibility when they attended a Morris City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12 in the high school auditorium. The council regularly holds one meeting at year at the high school so students can see how the city council operates.
MORRIS — The city of Morris is looking ahead to a proposed summer 2017 road and infrastructure improvement project on the southeast side of Morris. City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday that the neighborhood — North, South and East Court Street, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue — is the next project area identified on the city's capital improvement plan.
MORRIS — A group of employees at Aaron Carlson Woodwork in Morris are on strike in protest of unfair labor practices, low wages, and their right to join a national carpenters union. The strike began Monday in Minneapolis, but made its way to Morris on Tuesday with employees picketing outside the company's location at 801 Atlantic Avenue throughout the day. Paul Cloer, council representative with the Carpenters Industrial Council, said the strike will go on until management at Aaron Carlson meets the demands of the local workers on strike.
MORRIS — Stevens County will join the state of Minnesota recognizing Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 11 to 15. On Thursday, April 14, municipalities across the county will participate in two statewide tornado drills, one at 1:45 p.m. and another at 6:55 p.m. At that time, a dispatcher at the Stevens County Law Enforcement Center will sound tornado sirens.
MORRIS — The Morris Public Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 11 through 16, with a week-long open house celebrating the people — library staff and volunteers — who work in the library. In addition to Director Melissa Yauk, the Morris Public Library employs four librarians — Mary Ann Nelson, Roxane Malland, Sharon Ehlers, and Anne Hennen Barber. Three have been with the library for more than a decade.
MORRIS — After several hours of spirited and detail-oriented debate, Stevens County DFL members endorsed resolutions supporting reforms to the criminal justice system, elections, and energy systems across the state of Minnesota. Around 50 Stevens County DFL members gathered on Saturday, April 2 for their county convention at the American Legion in Morris. The purpose of the county convention is to elect delegates to the Seventh District and state conventions, and review resolutions for consideration in the party platform.
MORRIS — A volunteer youth hockey coach is the latest recipient of the Pay it Forward Stevens County Award. Coach Ricky Brusten was nominated by Jason Breuer, president and CEO at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. He was presented with the award on Wednesday, April 6. In his nominating letter, Breuer said Brusten is "passing on his love of hockey and skill to young kids in our community" through his role as a volunteer coach with the youth hockey program.
MORRIS — Over the last two weeks, three finalists hoping to be named the next chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris have visited the community. The three finalists were Dr. Jane Wood of Westminster College, Dr. Rod Hanley of Fisk University, and Dr. Mark Hoversten of the University of Idaho.
MORRIS — Local gardeners who would like to experiment with locally grown seeds, or amateurs who want to get into gardening for the first time, have a new option for getting seeds to plant. The University of Minnesota, Morris Organic Gardening Club, MPIRG, and Pomme de Terre Foods have partnered to open the first seed library in Morris at the store. Located just to the left of the front door, the container for the seed library may also look familiar — it's part of the old card catalog from the Morris Public Library.