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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Although sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States - more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer and HIV/AIDS combined - increasing awareness about how to help victims is an ongoing challenge.
Seventeen Morris Area students will be making the 12-hour trip to Indianapolis, Ind. for the FFA National Convention. While at the convention, delegates will attend sessions on leadership, hear speakers, and participate in the National Convention Days of Service by volunteering at two local charities in Indianapolis, said FFA Advisor Natasha Mortenson. The chapter will also be picking up a chapter award. The two teams competing this year are only the second and third Morris area teams to compete at nationals. Last year's Ag Issues team was the first group to compete.
Deb Newhouse came to the Hancock city council on Monday to update members on the Economic Development Authority's plans for a senior living facility. At the last EDA meeting, the group agreed to put its name on the senior living facility to give the project non-profit status as a benefit to those looking to donate to the project. Newhouse said she was asking the council for a sign of approval before the plans for the facility and the EDA's involvement were publicized further.
The Morris City Council approved a new three-year lease agreement with Info Link Wireless for space on the top of the water tower at their meeting on Tuesday. The agreement charges Info Link a rental fee of $170 per month. In his memo to the council, City Manager Blaine Hill said that four other organizations have leased space on the top of the water tower and pay different amounts. The highest fee is over $800 per month for Verizon, and the lowest is $0 for KUMM radio.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council approved $312,009 dollars in assessments for residents as a result of improvement projects on East 8th Street, East 9th Street and Arizona Avenue. City Manager Blaine Hill told the council that total construction cost of of the project - which was expanded to include some work on East 6th Street and a block further down East 8th Street - was $992,905. The city will cover $680,896 of the total, leaving the remaining $312,009 to be assessed to benefited residents.
The Morris City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. tonight at the Morris Senior Center. At this meeting, the council will debate a resolution related to the East 8th, East 9th and Arizona Avenue improvement project, declaring the costs to be assessed, setting the terms for repayment and setting a final assessment hearing. The council will also consider a resolution to approve a water tower space lease agreement and a resolution. A full copy of the agenda is attached.
Morris campus and community members have the chance to expand their palates with Chef Cándido Filgueira from Spain, who is on campus today as part of Sodexo's Global Chef Program . During his stop at UMM, Filgueira cooked a lunch-time menu of garlic soup, steak iberian (pork tenderloin), patatas fritas (fries) and rice pudding with vanilla beans and cinnamon. Filgueira will also be making dinner on campus, which community members are invited to attend.
MONTEVIDEO - Major General Richard C. Nash, adjutant general for the state of Minnesota, met with local educational and political leaders, law enforcement officials and business community members in Montevideo on Wednesday to discuss how the National Guard and local communities each can best help the other. "We brought the team up here to really engage with this great community ... that has a long history of supporting the 1st Battalion 151," Nash said. "It was a great outpouring today ...
It occurred to me this week that I'd never actually bothered to explain where I got the idea for the name of this column, Literature in a Hurry. Coming up with the name of a column ended up being one of those things that was put off and put off until about 3 p.m. on the Friday before my first column was supposed to print. I had nothing. I perused an online thesaurus, trying to come up with an interesting word that would sound nice with "Kim," but wasn't getting anywhere. Trying to rhyme with my last name would have been even more absurd.
At 7 p.m. on a Thursday, the gathering in the main gym at the RFC sounds more like a dance club than your traditional aerobics class. Dancing to a mix of international music and current pop songs, most of the female Zumba participants have a smile on their face while instructor Sara Konsbruck gestures instructions through the workout. Although Zumba, a "Latin-inspired dance fitness-party" can initially seem intimidating, Janelle Dubbs, head of group fitness at the RFC, said the workout "tends to get addicting" for those who give it a try.