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, Minn. - Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson was in Morris on Monday, March 19 to congratulate Morris Area agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Natasha Mortenson and the Morris Area FFA as the recipients of the Ag Literacy Award from the United States Department of Agriculture for their Ag in the Classroom program. Frederickson said he hopes to engage state FFA officers monthly to learn more about what the department should be working on to help students and farmers.
MORRIS, Minn. - A group of Russian farmers and agri-business representatives were in Morris on Wednesday for a tour of Riverview Dairy as part of a multi-state tour of agricultural technology. Alexander Zhukovsky, Agro Director of Pepsico and WBD Russia, served as a spokesperson for the group. Zhukovsky said Pepsico recently purchased a large dairy company in Russia - the biggest acquisition in the company's history - as part of an effort to move into offering healthier products.
MORRIS, Minn. - Minneapolis-based comic writers and artists Brittney Sabo and Anna Bratton wouldn't have been able to publish their first book without the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After years of working on their first full-length comic, the story of an overly-imaginative young boy growing up in the Great Depression, they received a grant to self-publish the book in 2010 from the Xeric Foundation, a private, nonprofit established by the co-creator of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comics, Peter A.
MORRIS, Minn. - In an effort to accommodate staff training for a new bullying prevention program, the Morris Area School Board voted Monday to add two early dismissals to the school calendar in September. The new calendar now includes early dismissals at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept 10 and Monday, Sept. 17. Staff would meet from training from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The six hours of training will be used to familiarize staff with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which the board voted to adopt in February.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved an intruder/active shooter exercise at the Stevens County Courthouse for May and signed a memorandum of understanding with Pope County for a Veterans Justice Corps position funded through AmeriCorps at their regular meeting on Tuesday. Active shooter exercise planned for May On Tuesday, May 8, Stevens County personnel will participate in an intruder/active shooter exercise at the courthouse after the board approved closing the courthouse during the exercise.
MORRIS, Minn. - The 2012 Farm Bill could be passed in June, if partisan politics don't stall the measure on the House or Senate floor, U.S. Representative Collin Peterson said in an interview last week. The Senate Agriculture Committee has finished holding hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill and is expected to start making revisions soon, Peterson said. Once the Senate committee is finished, the House Agriculture Committee will take up the bill before it is sent to the Senate floor.
MORRIS, Minn. - Maintaining a strong, locally-administered crop insurance program is important for small farmers and should be maintained in the 2012 Farm Bill, a local farmer told members of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's staff at a regional meeting at the West Central Research and Outreach Center on Wednesday. Three members of Sen.
MORRIS, Minn. - Scott Dutcher, a Brandon City Council member and member of the Executive Board of the Republican Party of Minnesota, received the endorsement from the Republican Party for his campaign for the Minnesota House of Representative seat in District 12A on Saturday. More than 100 voting delegates from the newly-formed District 12A attended the endorsing convention. In two ballots, Dutcher beat Jeff Backer, a business man and school board member from Browns Valley, for the endorsement.
MORRIS, Minn. - A year has made a big difference at the Pomme de Terre Golf Club. After the club was put up for sale last February, it wasn't clear whether when or if the course would reopen. A public sale for the course was arranged, but the late final purchase date and bad weather kept the course closed until the end of April. This year, thanks to a mild winter and unseasonably warm temperatures, the club and range will open for business on Monday.
MORRIS, Minn. - Over the last several years, the Friends of the Morris Wetland Management District have received more than $95,000 in Conservation Partners Legacy grant funding. These extra funds have been critical in helping the district do local prairie restoration and upkeep, said Stacy Salvevold, private lands biologist with the Morris Wetland Management District in a presentation Thursday night.