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, Minn. - The Morris Area School District will be implementing a new bullying prevention program during the 2012-2013 school year that uses community data to develop a consistent message about acceptable behavior for students and staff across the district. Cheryl Kuhn, student leader advisor and service learning coordinator, presented the school board with information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a school-wide program designed to prevent or reduce bullying in schools. "In the research we did on programs, [Olweus] continually rose to the top," said Kuhn.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council had a short meeting Tuesday night where they discussed the bill from Ferguson Waterworks for the water meter replacement project and what to do about two issues out at the Morris Municipal Airport. At a meeting earlier in February, council members questioned why the total payment to Ferguson Waterworks was about $28,400 more than the original bid amount.
I didn't think Tuesday was going to be a very exciting day. Sure, I knew that the five-judge panel tasked with redrawing Minnesota's legislative district maps was set to release the results at 1 p.m., but I didn't expect there to be too many surprises for those of us here in Stevens County. As it turns out, I was completely wrong. Stevens County is now in Senate District 12 and House District 12A.
MORRIS, Minn. - A childhood trauma and her own experience seeking therapy helped Hancock native Christine Morris find her calling as a therapist interested in helping people who have experienced trauma. Morris, a licensed associate marriage and family therapist, opened her practice, True Healing Therapy, in City Center Mall in Morris this week. Although Morris has experience counseling people struggling with anxiety, depression, anger management and other disorders, her current interest is in helping people who have experienced trauma of some kind.
MORRIS, Minn. - One common refrain Bob Griffith hears after telling people that he works as an emergency medical technician is that they couldn't handle the "blood and gross stuff" when responding to emergencies. But Griffith disagrees. "If you get some training and have knowledge of what to do, anybody can do this," said Griffith, training coordinator for Stevens County EMS. "It's not that I love the sight of blood and guts, I don't, but with training, you can handle emergency situations.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris Area School Board took the first steps down a long-range facilities improvement plan at their meeting Tuesday night, authorizing Superintendent Scott Monson to move forward seeking proposals for two potential construction projects. The more pressing of the two projects is to address a section of the roof on the high school that was first added in 1991. The roof was only designed to last 13 to 15 years, which means it is well past the recommended replacement timeline, said Monson.
MORRIS, Minn. - New legislative redistricting maps released on Tuesday left Stevens County in a bigger legislative district and without an incumbent state senator. Stevens County is now in Senate District 12 and House District 12A. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, who currently represents Stevens, Douglas, Grant and Todd Counties in Senate District 11, is now in District 8, along with fellow Republican senator, Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas. On Friday, Ingebrigtsen said he would seek election in his new district.
MORRIS, Minn. - At their meeting Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners signaled their intent to join with the counties that are part of the Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board to develop a regional emergency call logging system that could save the county around $124,000 when compared to purchasing a system alone. Minnesota state statute requires that certain types of radio traffic and all 911 calls and administrative phone lines be recorded, said Sheriff Randy Willis.
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. - 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.