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 — The second half of 2015 marked a major anniversary for the Morris Fire Department, construction for a new assisted living facility, and trips to state for the Tiger girls in cross country and volleyball. July
MORRIS — An international treaty on farming and agriculture may seem distant to those of us in rural Minnesota, but University of Minnesota Morris Associate Professor Sheri Breen believes decisions being made over the future of seeds will have impacts on food systems around the world. "It seems to me that we're at a historical period in which in understanding of seeds as property — what it means to own seeds and whether we can own seeds — is hugely significant," said Breen.
MORRIS — In their final meeting of the year, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to give a 2 percent salary increased to all county employees. The only people who did not have their wages increased were the commissioners, who will continue to earn $16,787 per year, with an additional per diem of $60 or $75 for approved committee meetings. The negotiations committee had previously negotiated contracts with the county's three unions that all included a 2 percent salary increase.
MORRIS — The Morris Public Library Board believes the city needs to renovate the library building to meet the changing needs of the community. On Monday, Jayne Blodgett, chair of the Morris Public Library Board, gave a presentation about the progress the board has made towards proposing a building project to the Morris City Council. "Our point today is to talk to you about why we think we need to do some renovation on the public library and the process we've gone through so far in doing that," Blodgett said.
MORRIS — The first six months of 2015 included a new restaurant downtown, the beginning of a summer-long construction project and trips to state for members of the Tiger wrestling, golf and girls track teams. Here's a quick recap of January — June 2015: January
MORRIS — The timing of a snowstorm on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and Thursday, Dec. 17 may have played a role in the high number of cars that were ticketed and towed during the snow alert, Morris City Manager Blaine Hill told the Morris City Council on Tuesday. The Morris Police Department issued 48 parking tickets during the snow alert on Dec. 17, and 40 of those cars were towed.
MORRIS — The Morris Area School District is considering a more robust security system that would add card access locks to entrances to the building and require that visitors be buzzed in throughout the school day. On Monday, the Morris Area School Board heard a presentation from Gary Stadum of Protection Systems, a security systems vendor out of Fargo, about different security equipment options for the campus. Superintendent Rick Lahn school security was one of the first issues he noticed when he started in the district this summer.
MORRIS — On Monday, the Morris Area School Board approved the maximum levy amount allowed by the state, an increase of about $230,000 or 7 percent over 2015. The district's total levy for taxes payable in 2016 is about $3.516 million. In 2014, the board saw the tax levy decrease about $335,000, to a total of about $3.29 million.
MORRIS — After 14 years teaching, Paula Viker was able to return to her passion — long-term care administration — when she accepted the position of administrator at West Wind Village. Before beginning in Morris this August, Viker worked as an instructor and program manager for the health management program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
MORRIS — The Stevens County Board of Commissioners authorized County Coordinator Becky Young to enter into negotiations with Liberty Sleiter, program manager for the five-county Region IV South Children's Mobile Crisis Team, to be the next director of Stevens County Human Services. Sleiter will take over for Joanie Murphy, who plans to retire in January after 38 years with the department. In a final interview with the full board on Tuesday, Sleiter said she wanted to take on the position of director so she could have a voice in how programs are implemented at the state and county lev