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 - A proposal to develop a commercial site on Perkins Lake has been halted until the Stevens County Board of Commissioners votes to decide whether an environmental assessment for the property is necessary. A scheduled Planning Commission meeting on July 12 to consider a conditional use permit request from B&H Holdings, the current owners of 45572 140th Street in Donnelly (the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property), has been cancelled until the board considers the Environmental Assessment Worksheet request from the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board formally accepted Morris Area High School Principal Mike Coquyt's resignation at a special meeting on Tuesday, immediately beginning the search for a new full-time replacement. Coquyt submitted his resignation to Superintendent Scott Monson on Wednesday, June 20. His final official date of employment is June 30, 2012, although the board voted to contract with Coquyt for up to 15 days of work after that date to assist with the transition to a new administrator.
MORRIS - Morris Area High School Principal Mike Coquyt has resigned his position at MAHS in order to take a position at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. The Morris Area School Board will vote to accept Coquyt's resignation at a special school board meeting on Tuesday, June 26. In his resignation letter, Coquyt said he has accepted an offer to serve as an assistant professor at MSU. "After careful consideration, I realize that this opportunity is too exciting for me to decline," Coquyt said. Coquyt has been with the district since 2007.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners declined to take action on a request from a local resident to reconsider changes to the county's zoning ordinance at their meeting Tuesday, leaving in place a change that opens up shoreland property in Stevens County to commercial development. Resident Michael O'Reilly, through a letter from Fargo attorney Tami L. Norgard, requested that the county vacate its zoning amendment and initiate an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property on Perkins Lake now owned by B&H Holdings.
MORRIS - When French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville toured the United States in the early 1800s, he noted citizens' tendency to form associations to do almost everything. De Tocqueville called this "the mother science of democracy," and it has come to be "part and parcel of how we do leadership," said Kenneth Pigg, an associate professor emeritus of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, during his morning keynote at the ninth annual Symposium of Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris last Thursday, June 14.
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.