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.
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MORRIS, Minn. - A few bad apples returning to the Morris area caused an increase in serious crimes in 2011, but the overall crime rate in Morris is still below the national average, Morris Police Chief Jim Beauregard told members of the Police Civil Service Commission last week. Overall, the crime rate for serious crimes is around 19 percent - "Anytime you can crack 25 percent, you're doing well in your community," said Beauregard. Even the crime rate for areas that saw increases in 2011 - property crimes like theft and burglary - are at around 25 percent.
MORRIS, Minn. - As the new director of the Center for Small Towns, University of Minnesota, Morris professor Arne Kildegaard will spend his time connecting the dots between the Center, the campus and the community. Kildegaard, an associate professor of economics and management at UMM, was named director in January, taking over for interim director Bart Finzel, who accepted a two-year appointment as interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean at UMM.
MORRIS, Minn. - Fifty-three-year-old Steven Anderson of Morris was killed in a snowmobile accident on Togwotee Mountain in Teton County, Wyoming on Wednesday. According to the Teton County Sheriff's Department, Anderson was separated from the rest of his snowmobile party when he struck a tree and suffered fatal injuries. A preliminary assessment from the Teton County Coroner's Office said it appears Anderson died as a result of a broken neck, and his death was likely instantaneous.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. - An initial investigation into the death of 53-year-old Stevens Anderson of Morris indicates Anderson was separated from his party while snowmobiling on Togwotee Mountain in Teton County, Wyoming on Wednesday when he struck a tree, suffering fatal injuries. A preliminary assessment from the Teton County Coroner's Office said it appears Anderson died as a result of a broken neck. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. Original Story MORRIS, Minn.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council approved submitting a grant application for a Community Forest Bonding Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that would allow the city to plant more than 230 trees over the next three years.
MORRIS, Minn. - The City of Morris may face a $52,000 cut in Local Government Aid for 2013 if the Minnesota Legislature does not make adjustments to the way LGA is distributed, the Morris City Council learned at their meeting Tuesday. In his report to the council, City Manager Blaine Hill (who was not at Tuesday's meeting), said, "Apparently, the [total] LGA funding from the state will be the same, but the way it is given out through the formula will be different.
MORRIS, Minn. - United States veterans, who make up between seven and eight percent of the U.S. population, should not be expected to sacrifice more through federal budget cuts to the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, American Legion National Commander Fang Wong told a group of more than 60 veterans and local residents over dinner at the American Legion in Morris on Tuesday.
MORRIS, Minn. - The University of Minnesota's Legislative Briefing to supporters last week, in preparation for the 2012 legislative session, was light on details about the university's $169.5 million capitol request, instead focusing on the importance of storytelling in an age of new media.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners IT Director Scott Busche to move forward with a $4,300 software purchase that will help improve the county's ability to make files available electronically at their meeting Tuesday. The new software contains a workflow package, which will allow larger departments like Human Services, to more efficiently work through the process of digitizing files. Busche told the board that moving to a new file system would be much less expensive than updating the current program.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved an amended 2012 budget, which included budgeted expenses in the special revenue fund and the newly-created West Central SWAT Fund, at their meeting Tuesday. The changes have no impact on the levy approved in December. County Coordinator Brian Giese said the expenses have already been reviewed and were included in the full budgets that the commissioners looked at, but were not included in the approved budget summary.