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 both business and public affairs reporting.
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Tap Payne isn't a ventriloquist, but he's played one on the stage. Payne and his dummy, Benny Woodman, have made regular appearances in the PlayRights' Mighty Variety Shows, but, fortunately, Payne has never had to finish his opening joke because the bit was always interrupted by a murder backstage or Benny's unfortunate beheading. During his 33 years in Morris, Payne has been an integral part of both the University of Minnesota, Morris theatre department and supporting local theatre in the community with his wife, Margaret, who co-founded the PlayRights in 1992 with friend Shaune Wunder.
MORRIS - As a high school student, Kenneth Hodgson knew that he wanted to be concert director. After a visit to St. Olaf College as a high school student from Washington, he decided to study at the college to learn "how to make a choir sound like that." "Choral singing is about working to get singers to sing together - to sing expressively," said Hodgson. "But also to get each section to blend together to sound like one voice, so no one voice stands out. That's what I wanted to learn how to do." At the time, St.
MORRIS - Proposed recommendations to change the rules for licensed family child care providers could increase the cost of child care and make it more difficult to provide child care for infants locally, representatives of the Concerned Licensed Child Care Providers of Stevens County told parents and local officials at an informational meeting on Monday.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners made plans to move forward to appoint a new sheriff, learned about the 2013 county assessments, and authorized the purchase of a new e-mail server at their regular board meeting Tuesday. Human Resources Director Janet Raguse presented the board with an outline of her timeline for moving forward with the process to interview and appoint a new sheriff following Sheriff Randy Willis' resignation effective Dec. 31, 2012. Applications for the position are due on Monday, Nov. 26.
MORRIS - For University of Minnesota, Morris seniors Kristina Grundmanis and Rachel Harder, the upcoming winter break marks more than the end of fall semester. From Dec. 13 to 29, they will be traveling to Ghana, Africa to volunteer in local orphanages.
MORRIS - This year, three students with the Morris Area Business Professionals of America team will be leading their peers at the national, state and regional level. Junior Paige Loew was selected as a national youth leader for an upcoming summit on teen distracted driving, while seniors Kaylee Brandt and Dylan Curfman were elected to lead their region and state for BPA this year. Last year, Loew was one of four students from Morris selected to participate in the National Organization for Youth (NOYS) summit on teen distracted driving.
MORRIS - On Saturday evenings, the sanctuary at Morris Evangelical Free Church looks a little more like a rock concert than a church service. Just before 6:00 p.m., the darkened room is lit up with a video counting down the minutes until "The Journey" - a contemporary worship service centered on music that hopes to help participants connect with God without some of the more familiar elements of a traditional church service.
MORRIS - On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a proposal for an engineering company to prepare plans and specifications for demolishing the old elementary school building. The proposal, from Willmar-based engineering firm Bolton & Menk, will include construction plans, specifications and contract documents that bidders will use to come up with bids. The cost for the plans is $22,300 and $3,000 for bidding assistance. The company has already been in consultation with A.E.S.
MORRIS - In order for the University of Minnesota to build support with the state legislature, two key stakeholders - students and business leaders - need to participate in sharing the University's story, said University of Minnesota Regent David McMillan during a visit to the University of Minnesota, Morris last week. "If we can demonstrate to legislators that we're not taking either of those for granted, it changes the way the message is delivered," said McMillan.
MORRIS - Stevens County residents elected a new face to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 12A, but went with a familiar face to represent them in the Minnesota Senate in District 12. Democrat Jay McNamar narrowly beat Republican Scott Dutcher in the race for District 12A, taking 10,092 votes to Dutcher's 9,837 votes. Independence Party candidate Dave Holman had 1,305 votes. In the race for Senate District 12, voters elected to support Rep. Torrey Westrom, a representative for the area for the last 16 years who will be up to the senate.