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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MORRIS — Should the city of Morris adopt "summer hours" at city hall? The Morris City Council discussed this issue at their meeting on Tuesday. City Manager Blaine Hill said Friday afternoons are "dead as a doornail" at city hall, and suggested opening early at 7 a.m. on Monday to Thursday, then closing the office Friday afternoons. Hill said summer hours are a common practice in other cities, given that Minnesota is a state where many people go out of town over the weekend. Members of the city council said they were concerned about the public reaction to closing city hall early.
MORRIS — The world is moving very fast, but there is value in wasting time. In her commencement address to the approximately 365 graduates of the University of Minnesota, Morris on Saturday, May 9, Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen celebrated time spent living in the moment, time that to some eyes would be seen as time wasted. "You're about to enter a world that's moving very fast. No, you aren't about to enter it, you were born into it and you know it well," Sutphen told the graduates.
MORRIS — Construction continues at Stevens Community Medical Center, this time for a 20,000 square foot addition that will house a new operating suite and provide room for future growth. "The primary motivation for moving forward on this is that the operating rooms in our outpatient surgical area were built in 1977," said President and CEO John Rau.
MORRIS – Although Stevens County is not home to any commercial turkey flocks, local emergency management officials are still monitoring backyard flocks and wild birds for signs of avian influenza...
MORRIS — A nine-year-old girl was killed in a farm accident north of Chokio on Saturday, May 2, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office reported this week. At approximately 11:15 a.m. Saturday, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office responded to a farm accident in El Dorado Township, approximately 13 miles north of Chokio. The victim, Charlotte Anne VanKempen of Herman, was airlifted to the St.
MORRIS — Utilities are being relocated and a new fiber optic line is being laid in anticipation of the May 26 start date for a regrading project on County State Aid Highway 1 between Highway 9 and CSAH 10. On Tuesday, County Engineer Todd Larson told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners said the project may even start early if the contractor, Riley Bros.
MORRIS — Minnesota's health insurance marketplace is not working well for residents or local county caseworkers, a situation county officials would like to see addressed. The human services directors in a nine-county region, including Stevens County, have drafted a letter to the MNsure board of directors outlining problems in the system.
MORRIS — About a year after the city of Morris officially sold the old elementary school property to a local developer, plans are coming forward for development of the site. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a preliminary plat for the property with one 3.58 acre lot at the corner of Seventh Street and College Avenue for a 30-unit assisted living facility. If property lines and financing can be worked out, ground could be broken on the site as early as June, City Manager Blaine Hill said. The plat reviewed by the council only has property lines for the single lot.
MORRIS — The city of Morris is ready to start looking at capacity and feasibility for a new water treatment plant for the municipal water system. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved approximately $67,000 in expenses to engineering firm Bolton and Menk to begin preliminary work and gather data needed to design a new plan. The city hired Bolton and Menk in 2013 to look at the city's aging water and wastewater facilities and develop a capital improvement plan for the infrastructure. A plan presented in early 2014 by engineer Kris Swanson suggested a phased approach, first buildi
MORRIS — To encourage Morris Area High School students to eat breakfast, MAHS will be adding a second chance for students to eat in the morning. Principal Craig Peterson and food service staff member Bonnie Schmidt shared details about the new program with the Morris Area School Board on Monday. The changes to the district's breakfast program are a result of working with Project Breakfast, a three-year grant program and study through the University of Minnesota.