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. - Stevens County Republicans were joined by Rep. Torrey Westrom and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen at their caucus Tuesday night, where a majority of delegates voted for Rick Santorum in the presidential straw poll. Stevens County DFL supporters overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama. Around 120 people attended the Republican caucus at the Prairie Inn, said county party chair Dan Pagel. Of the 101 votes cast in the presidential straw poll, 51 went to Santorum, 25 to Ron Paul, 14 to Mitt Romney, 10 to Newt Gingrich and one person was undecided.
MORRIS, Minn. - Five students from Morris Area High School's chapter of Family, Career, Community Leaders of America competed in their first regional competition last Friday in Ortonville, and all five will be advancing to the state competition in April. FCCLA, founded in 1945, supports students and their Family and Consumer Science (FACS) education.
I spent the first part of 2011 living in Madison, Wisc. If you were paying attention to politics from Wisconsin last year, you know that it was a tumultuous time. One particular measure that made me angry that I fear is being repeated here in Minnesota is a push to require photo IDs to vote. You can learn more about the measure in a linked story by our capitol reporter. I'm not opposed to the idea that people should need to prove their identity when they show up at the pools, and a photo ID is probably the best day to do that.
MORRIS, Minn. - John Hodgman, author, comedian and "resident expert" on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be in Morris next week, sharing his thoughts on food, wine and how to make money as a deranged millionaire. His speech, "That is All, an Evening with John Hodgman," is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Edson Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Hodgman is perhaps best known as the "PC man" from commercials for Apple computers.
MORRIS, Minn. - In the United States, gardening is a multi-million dollar industry. In 2009, consumers spent more than $230 million dollars on bedding and garden plants, almost $81 million in Minnesota alone. This year, a scientist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center has been selected to help one of the nation's top horticultural non-profits judge and recommend the best plants for gardeners to invest in - a responsibility granted to only 67 people across the country.
CYRUS, Minn. - Like many Americans, Cyrus-native Bob Tirevold was on his way to work when the World Trade Center was hit on Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike most people, Tirevold was working at U.S. Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon and found his workplace under attack too. "When the World Trade Center got hit we knew bad things were happening, and all the different operations centers were starting to stand up in the Pentagon," said Tirevold. Going to catch up with his boss, Tirevold was just entering the Pentagon building when American Airlines Flight 77 hit at 9:37 a.m.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council approved new three-year contracts with two city unions at a meeting on Tuesday night. The new contracts with both the General Unit and the Public Works Unit of the city's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) unions include wage increases for each of the three years of the contract and a change in the city's health insurance contribution. Under the new agreement, city employees will receive a 1.5 percent wage increase in 2012, and a two percent wage increase in 2013 and 2014.
MORRIS, Minn. - If four years of competition has taught the members of Morris' FIRST Robotics team one lesson, it's that simple is better. Now three weeks into their fifth season, the Plaid Pillagers hope to build on their success - and mistakes - from previous seasons by attending two regional competitions and, perhaps, making it to the state robotics competition.
The momentum for a wide-spread tourism push in Morris is building, but skeptics and challenges remain. The first step towards a tourism initiative in Morris began in July 2009 when the Morris City Council approved a lodging tax - a three percent tax on the gross receipts of hotels and motels in Morris. The idea, at the time, was to use the proceeds from the lodging tax to support tourism efforts through the Chamber of Commerce.
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners authorized County Attorney Aaron Jordan to offer the job of assistant county attorney to Carl Thunem, one of five candidates interviewed for the position, at their meeting on Wednesday. Thunem has accepted the position and is expected to start work in May, after he returns from a deployment with the Army National Guard in Kuwait.