Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. 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 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.
MORRIS — Upcoming mandates about how quickly Minnesota counties must respond to child protection reports could require social workers to be on call during nights and weekends, but those requirements haven't been funded by the state of Minnesota. Human Services Director Liberty Sleiter and Social Services Supervisor Jennifer Rose outlined this issue along with the county's other child protection mandates and policies in a work session with the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
MORRIS — Four Stevens County townships will switch to mail balloting for the 2016 election, Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Amanda Barsness reported Tuesday. After learning more about the process, officials in Scott, Synnes, Stevens and Eldorado Townships voted to do away with a local precinct location and implement voting by mail.
MORRIS — Like the Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, Morris Area High School students have the chance to grab a second breakfast thanks to a new program implemented at MAHS this year. During a 10-minute break between second and third hours, the district's "second chance breakfast" is encouraging students to eat healthy and get the nutrition they need to learn.