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 — Students and community members would like to see more staff for the Morris Area High School band department, but budget challenges may make adding teachers difficult. On Tuesday, the Morris Area School Board heard from students in support of the program and reviewed a preliminary budget for the 2015 — 2016 school year. The district went into the budget with an approximately $300,000 deficit — $100,000 from a loss of transition aid from the consolidation with Cyrus and about a $200,000 decrease in the general education levy. The district is projected to have 20 add
MORRIS — All of the preschool classrooms in the Morris Area Pre-K program are filled with words — there are labels on everything from walls to tables — and teachers use tested interventions to make sure students are building on skills like vocabulary, letter names, letter sounds, rhyming and alliteration. At the end of the day, some students have "talk, read and write" bags they can take home to work on reading skills with their parents. Many of these features are thanks to the hard work of Morris Area's Pre-K instructors and Ashleigh Thompson and Rachel Balzar, 2014 gradua
Pioneer expands viewing area through Dish Network and DirecTV It took about nine years of negotiating, fundraising and problem solving, but now Pioneer Public Television is viewable on Dish Network and DirecTV in the Twin Cities designated market area (DMA).
MORRIS — On Tuesday, University of Minnesota, Morris staff and students and their community partners gathered at the Stevens County Historical Museum to celebrate the campus' ongoing community engagement work. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler attended the celebration to congratulate the campus on two recent national awards and recognize recipients of awards from the UMM Office of Community Engagement. In January, UMM was one of 83 colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation to receive initial Community Engagement Classification, based on collaboration and
MORRIS — The Morris Area High School Speech Team will cap up their most successful season to date by sending six students to the Minnesota State High School Class A Speech Tournament this weekend. At the Section 6A tournament on Saturday, April 11, Jessica Burks was named section champion in Prose Reading, and the team of Alyna Kleinwolterink and Kate Folkman was named section champion in Duo Interpretation.
MORRIS — Morris Area High School students had the chance to see government in action on Tuesday, March 14 when the Morris City Council held their regular meeting in the high school auditorium. After discussing annexation, assessments and general city business, council members told students what they think the most pressing issues facing the city are. Their answers were: Mayor Sheldon Giese — "Funding is always a major issue. Morris heavily relies on the state government for Local Government Aid for a good portion of our budget. One thing that always comes up are the roads.
MORRIS – On Thursday, April 16, Stevens County will send out a test CodeRED emergency alert to all Stevens County landline telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, email and other groups...
Filling space on the Morris Sun Tribune opinion page has always been a challenge for me. I'm a reporter at heart, so I tend to spend more time thinking about and writing content for the news pages than I do on what should take over page six. But I know that readers value a robust, strong-minded opinion page.
MORRIS — A Minnesota Department of Transportation sidewalk construction project in downtown Morris is scheduled to begin on May 4. MnDOT provided updates on the project, one of 290 transportation construction projects scheduled statewide, during a construction kickoff meeting on Thursday, April 2. The project in Morris will make all downtown sidewalks ADA compliant, improve pedestrian safety, and install new stoplights along Morris' main street. The sidewalk improvement will be followed by a paving project to resurface Highway 9 through Morris and Highway 28 on the north side of tow
MORRIS — Two Morris residents are facing felony-level drug charges after the Morris Police Department found more than 11 grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Morris. Kenneth Samuel Powers, age 35, and Stephanie Kay Novotny, age 38, have been charged with first degree sale and possession of 10 or more grams of methamphetamine and second degree possession of a controlled substance. Powers faces two additional charges of knowingly violating requirements to register with police as a predatory offender following a prior conviction for false imprisonment in Otter Tail County. Accord