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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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.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris Area School Board approved a new two-year contract with the Morris Teachers' Association that includes bases raises for each year and the opportunity for teachers to advance through step and lane changes. According to the agreement, all teachers will receive a 2.75 percent all-inclusive increase for 2011 - 2012, and a 3.17 percent increase in 2012 - 2013. The agreement also includes pay increases as part of the step schedule, which is based on years of service and education.
I'm not normally a person who makes New Year's resolutions. Well, check that: I'm not normally a person who makes New Year's resolutions and works proactively to complete them. I'm good at making To Do lists, but not so good at following through with them, especially when there are no consequences except to myself. Last week I read an article that talked about setting a theme for the year. Now that I'm writing I can't remember where I read it or many of the details, but the basic idea was not to set resolutions, but instead to set a mantra for how to live life in the upcoming year.
MORRIS, Minn. - Attempts to reuse the old Morris Area Elementary School have apparently been exhausted, it's becoming an increasingly dangerous public safety risk and the costs for getting rid of potential environmental problems could rise soon. At their meeting Tuesday, the Morris City Council took the first step down the long road to address the problem by passing a resolution authorizing City Manager Blaine Hill to complete an Environmental Assessment Worksheet, which is necessary because the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
MORRIS, Minn. - Although the Cyrus School Board has voted to continue serving students in the 2012 - 2013 school year, the district is looking into reorganization options for the future, which could include combining with other districts in the area.
Correction: The original version of this article misidentified council member Bill Storck as Ted Storck. We apologize for the mistake. MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council elected council member Jeff Miller to serve as Mayor Pro Tem again this year at their meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Sheldon Giese also appointed council members as ex-officios to local boards and made citizen appointments to those boards.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris School Board and the Morris Teachers' Association (MTA) reached a tentative agreement on a 2011 - 2013 contract during a meeting on Jan. 4. Superintendent Scott Monson said he could not disclose the specifics of the tentative agreement until all members of the school board and MTA have had a chance to review the terms. Monson said he anticipates the MTA will vote on the contract on Jan. 17 and the school board will take action at their meeting on Jan. 17 or at a special meeting scheduled later, if necessary.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved $90,000 in loans to County Ditch 1 and $83,000 in loan paybacks from to the general fund from five other ditch systems at their final meeting last Friday. The board also approved the 2012 ditch levy requests, which included increases on 19 of the 30 ditch systems, for a total levy of $206,750. The 2011 ditch levy requests totaled $131,500. County Auditor/Treasurer Neil Wiese told the board that the fund for County Ditch 1 is in deficit about $90,000 because of a cleaning and repair project the county completed this year.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board unanimously re-elected Kurt Gartland to again serve as chair for 2012 at their reorganization meeting on Tuesday night. The board also unanimously re-elected Stan Wulf as vice-chair. Lory Lemke stepped down as clerk/treasurer, and Dick Metzger was unanimously elected to fill that position. The board also approved their 2012 school board meeting dates, discussed board member compensation and approved other procedural issues at the meeting. Check out this Saturday's edition of the Sun Tribune for a full look at the meeting.