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 human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.
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MORRIS - The United States is getting old. Over the next decade, as many people will turn 65 as have turned 65 in the last three decades. By 2020, the United States will have the same number of people over 65 years old as school aged people.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners is poised to appoint Jason Dingman, a deputy in the Stevens County Sheriff's office, the next sheriff of Stevens County. On Monday, an interview panel consisting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners as well as five county staff members interviewed all five applicants for sheriff. After the interviews, the panel ranked the candidates and narrowed the field to three candidates - local Sheriff's deputies Tom Loew and Jason Dingman and retired Minnesota Statewide Drug Gang and Drug Coordinator Bob Bushman.
MORRIS - Dave Dybdal was officially sworn in as the 11th Fire Chief for the Morris Fire Department on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Morris City Council meeting. Dybdal is a 17 year veteran of the department who previously served as assistant chief. When recognizing Dybdal and presenting him with a new badge, Mayor Sheldon Giese said it was one of the most important things he had been involved in during his 11 years on the city council. "I want to thank the Morris Fire Department for electing me as their next chief," said Dybdal.
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to move forward with the county's investment in GIS by hiring a full-time GIS technician, a decision the board has been waiting on since August. IT Director Scott Busche, who will oversee the technician, told the board that in the last week alone he has had three requests related to GIS, and the frequency of GIS-related requests is increasing. County department heads also expressed support for the new position.
MORRIS, Minn. -- About two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, Stevens County Ambulance employees Ben Summer and Kate Campbell found themselves driving through the beachside neighborhood of Breezy Point, lost and disoriented by the downed street signs and limited cell phone coverage. "The first mission we went on, I had no idea what we were in for," said Campbell. After driving around the area and through sections of the neighborhood destroyed by a massive fire, the ambulance was stopped in its tracks - by a house sitting in the middle of the road.
MORRIS, Minn. -- The Morris Area School Board voted 4-0 on Monday in favor of moving forward with a consolidation with the Cyrus School District despite deep concerns about the financial implications the district could face with the Cyrus school building. Board members Kurt Gartland, Dick Metzger, Jamie Solvie and Stan Wulf voted in favor of the plat, while board member Laura Carrington abstained. Board members Lory Lemke and Brent Fuhrman were not at Monday's meeting.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners are looking to cut salary increases for some county employees and elected officials and not add some new county staff in order to decrease their 2013 levy. During a budget discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Commissioner Ron Staples presented a list of 14 potential changes to the 2013 budget, including cutting back salary increases for department heads, non-union employees and elected officials from 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent.
MORRIS -- The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a list of five finalists for the position of Stevens County Sheriff at their board meeting on Wednesday. An interview panel consisting of the five commissioners, County Coordinator Brian Giese, Human Resources Director Janet Ragus, County Attorney Aaron Jordan and a guest sheriff from a neighboring county will conduct interviews with the five applicants on Monday, Nov. 10.
The Morris City Council voted Tuesday to create a new taxing district and modify two existing taxing districts in order to finance future demolition and development on the old elementary school property. During a public hearing on the resolutions, city council members learned more about Tax Increment Financing from the city's financial consultant and heard from citizens who have been involved in efforts to improve the property since the city acquired it from the Morris Area School District nine years ago.
Tap Payne isn't a ventriloquist, but he's played one on the stage. Payne and his dummy, Benny Woodman, have made regular appearances in the PlayRights' Mighty Variety Shows, but, fortunately, Payne has never had to finish his opening joke because the bit was always interrupted by a murder backstage or Benny's unfortunate beheading. During his 33 years in Morris, Payne has been an integral part of both the University of Minnesota, Morris theatre department and supporting local theatre in the community with his wife, Margaret, who co-founded the PlayRights in 1992 with friend Shaune Wunder.