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 - The Morris City Council approved the final assessments for an improvement project on east 8th Street, 9th Street and Arizona Avenue after only one objection was voiced during a public hearing at their meeting Tuesday night. City Inspecting Engineer Jay Fier told the council attendance at the assessment hearing was a "new low" that he took as a good sign for how well the project went.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council will hold a public hearing regarding assessments for an improvement project on east 8th Street, 9th Street and Arizona Avenue at their meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight in the city council chamber. After the hearing, the council is scheduled to vote on a resolution adopting the assessments. The council is also scheduled to set a public hearing regarding the new zoning map for the city, which received a first reading at the council's last meeting. The council will also give a first reading to a new ordinance, No.
MORRIS - A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances after officers executing a search warrant discovered felony quantities of marijuana, methamphetamine, black tar heroin, numerous prescription medications and drug paraphernalia in his bedroom, the Morris Police Department reports. According to police reports, Brock M. Proudfoot has been charged with second degree possession of heroin, fifth degree possession of methamphetamine, and fifth degree possession of marijuana.
MORRIS - Money - how governments get it and how they choose to use it - was the topic of a community forum on Tuesday designed to help citizens better understand the government budget process.
STEVENS COUNTY - During a recess in their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners convened as the County Ditch Authority to hear updates on ditch maintenance and participate in a discussion with Kurt Deter, county ditch attorney, on "hot topics in the county ditch world," said County Coordinator Brian Giese. "Ditches will be on your agenda more," Deter warned. People on ditch systems want to improve them, and many system are going through a redesign, he said.
STEVENS COUNTY - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners wants more information about the snow removal situation in Framnes Township before they will decide whether to contract with the township to provide blading and snow removal services. Highway Engineer Brian Giese estimated that providing these services to Framnes Township would generate $22,000 in additional revenue for the Highway Department, but that $13,000 of equipment-related expenses will be incurred. That leaves $9,000 to pay for the additional part-time staff Giese said he would need. "It's doable.
STEVENS COUNTY - Although the Stevens County Board of Commissioners agenda appears short, County Coordinator Brian Giese said he expects some "lengthy conversations" about Highway Department services and county ditch issues at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. As County Engineer, Giese will present the board with two service agreements with the City of Donnelly and Framnes Township. The first agreement with Donnelly is to either trade equipment for services or pay for snow removal services on MCSAH 35.
MORRIS, Minn. At a budget work session on Thursday, Morris City Manager Blaine Hill presented the City Council with a revised city budget that would not increase the city's tax levy for 2012. The decision was made, Hill said, because of the Market Value Homestead Credit issue. Because of a state change in the way property taxes are reimbursed and calculated, many believe that local taxes will be increasing this year, regardless of what decisions local taxing authorities make.
John Davis, a self-employed home builder from Grand Junction, Co., plans to visit all 3,143 counties in the United States by June 2012 in his campaign for President of the United States. At his stop in Morris on Thursday - which amassed four journalist and one community member - Davis emphasized his outsider status, support for de-regulation and small businesses and feeling that we've "only got one more chance" to fix America. "We're earning the right to be a candidate," Davis said.
The Morris City Council gave a first reading to a city ordinance that would update the city zoning map and make two small changes to the city zoning code at their meeting on Tuesday. "This has been a long time in coming," said City Manager Blaine Hill. The list of 20 changes to the zoning map came to the council from the Planning Commission. On the whole, Hill told the council that he didn't think most of the changes were particularly controversial.