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 — 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.
MORRIS — A Morris Area High School graduate accused of sexually assaulting a Montana woman last October was arrested in Stevens County on Wednesday, March 9. Jordan Scott Bahr, 29, made his first appearance in Stevens County District Court on Thursday, March 11 where he was charged as a fugitive from justice from another state. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan said the charge is used to begin the extradition process and will be dismissed once court proceedings in Montana move forward.
MORRIS — The Morris Police Department has launched an investigation after being called to a home at the corner of Seventh Street and Columbia Avenue last Friday. Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs said the police were called to assist with an ambulance call at the home in Morris just after 7 a.m. on Friday, March 25. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, so Tiegs did not offer more information about the case. Tiegs confirmed that rumors of a multiple homicide were false. Witnesses said law enforcement agencies were at the property into the afternoon.
MORRIS — The parking lots at Morris Area High School will be upgraded this summer, after the Morris Area School Board voted Tuesday to levy district taxpayers up to $450,000 for the project. The district is moving forward with financing the project through a process called tax abatement, which authorizes districts to levy and redirect a local share of taxes for a specific use.
MORRIS — Earlier this month, the Morris City Council approved plans for a new $14 million water treatment plant and voted to seek bids on the project. The new facility, approximately four to five times larger than the current plant, will be located just north of the current facility near the entrance of the University of Minnesota, Morris campus along Highway 59.
MORRIS — At the request of the Morris Area School District, the Morris Police Department will be issuing tickets to drivers who park in the fire lane outside Morris Area Elementary School. In a post to the MPD Facebook Page, Police Chief Ross Tiegs said that while there is nothing wrong with using the fire lane near the front door as a drop off point, parents will sometimes leave their car unattended to bring their children into school. Since this is a fire lane, it's a no parking area.
MORRIS — The University of Minnesota, Morris will welcome three finalists to campus to interview for the position of chancellor during the weeks of March 21 and March 28. Members of the chancellor search committee completed off-site interviews at the beginning of March to determine the three finalists. The name and curriculum vita of each finalist will be released the day before each visit, said Peh Nh, chair of the chancellor search committee.
MORRIS — As Minnesota's legislative session finishes its second week, Minnesota residents have heard a lot about what legislators and Governor Mark Dayton hope to accomplish before May 23 when the session ends. This week, we reached out to local leaders to see what their top priorities are for the session. Here's what they shared with us. County Program Aid Stevens County Coordinator Becky Young said the biggest issue of the session for Stevens County is County Program Aid.