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Hulke to resign from District 88 Board

Discovers her home is not in district boundaries

March 28, 2013

NEW ULM — Board member Jill Hulke is ineligible to serve on the District 88 School Board and plans to resign next week....

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HarryTheHenderson

Mar-28-13 7:18 AM

How can someone not know what school district they live in? Even if they are "right on the line" or "close to the line"....It is obvious that she has never looked at the property taxes, it clearly states to what school distric your taxes go to.

This should be a clear sign to all voters to never vote her in to any public office ever again!!! How can we expect her to make decisions if she doesn't know where she even lives.

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AmericanMom

Mar-28-13 8:23 AM

Harry.... You are a pure prick. I am not sure if you noticed, but it did say in the article that it was "oversight by all concerned." My parents live across the field from the Hulkes and are in the New Ulm district 88. The line is blurred. In fact both district buses go past our houses. Shouldn't the deciding factor in her candidacy be whether she has a vested interest in District 88? Shouldn't that be her necessary qualification?

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Twizzy

Mar-28-13 9:29 AM

Wow Harry, that is the exact tunnel vision not needed. I agree with AmericanMom, the deciding factor is if she has a vested interest in the district. Those of us that serve on boards, etc. do not do it for the money, but because we truly care. The school districts are in fact blurred. The fact that they are pushing to get it rezoned only reinforces the fact that she is dedicated to the district. Had she been aware of this prior to elections don't you think she would have pursued rezoning then? I am assuming living out of town they likely have land besides the site of the home and likely pay taxes in multiple districts. Sad to see the finger pointing blame game that your post reflects.

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vikingfan

Mar-28-13 9:50 AM

I would be curious to see if she was voting for New Ulm or Nicollet school related issues. Still don't know how this could be a oversight. Is Nicollet County at fault.

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Rightisright

Mar-28-13 10:13 AM

I hope some of the candidates that ran in the fall and were not elected come forward for this position. There were some excellent choices on the ballot.

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Twizzy

Mar-28-13 10:14 AM

Why would she be voting for Nicollet school issues when her kids go to New Ulm . . . . The City of Courtland, and much of the surrounding area is served by both school districts. Bus routes overlap, and it isn't exactly clear, especially when one farms.

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deerhunt

Mar-28-13 10:52 AM

Calling Harry a "prick " is mean spirited. He is correct in what he said about the tax statement, I notice it on mine. Also makes me wonder if she voted on the last referendum,wouldn't she know what district she is in at that time? Are you allowed to vote on a referendum just because your kids are bussed to that district? I was under the assumption you had to pay the taxes in that district to vote on referendums. Something does not add up here,I don't think it was oversight , maybe carelessness or lack of knowledge.

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janband

Mar-28-13 11:07 AM

You'd think she would have noticed when she was unable to vote for herself. hunh.

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janband

Mar-28-13 11:09 AM

Twizzy, my son graduated from GFW but we pay taxes to New Ulm. School districts provide transportion to both districts here in Lafayette. It's called "open enrollment". I know parents who specifically send their kids to NU, for example, because they pay taxes there but it depends upon the fit of the district and the child.

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deerhunt

Mar-28-13 11:11 AM

Janband ,very interesting point!

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JReader

Mar-28-13 11:14 AM

When she registered as a candidate the district should have verified if she met the eligibility requirements to run for the board. If they can't get it right why would you then blame Ms. Hulke herself for this oversight ? I can see where it could be more confusing for a rural property owner who lives on the border between two districts than the district themselve to determine if a candidate lives on the right side of the line. After all, the district has to pick up the kids and will need to know where to direct the bus drivers.

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deerhunt

Mar-28-13 11:18 AM

JR , I agree it can be confusing , but when she went to vote and her name was not on the ballot , should she have not noticed and brought that to someone's attention. Unless she never voted, something just seems wrong about this.

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Twizzy

Mar-28-13 12:17 PM

Yes, lets make a conspiracy out of a misunderstanding.

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deerhunt

Mar-28-13 12:48 PM

I'm not saying it was a conspiracy ,just exppected more of an elected person making decisions with our taxes. Oh what the heck , might as well be like the rest of our government. Remember she filled out the form stating that she lived in the district, if your on the border maybe take a few minutes to make sure which district you are in. It's also sad the district spent no time verifying it.

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Twizzy

Mar-28-13 1:08 PM

Home or property. I believe that's where it may be not so black and white. In my opinion we need more people like Mrs. Hulke that are not afraid to step up to the plate rather than just complain about the crap job being done, throwing stones from a distance and not offering solutions. Hopefully the district can find someone with the same drive, determination and commitment.

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Waffen

Mar-28-13 2:45 PM

We all must be responsible for what we do. It seems a mistake was discovered and she did the only thing she could do...Take responsibility and resign.

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lovesthetown

Mar-28-13 6:35 PM

Harry, you obviously have never lived in the country. I did and my kids could have gone to either New Ulm or GFW. THe district lines are not so clear. Hyperbole much?

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HarryTheHenderson

Mar-29-13 7:24 AM

lovesthetown, In fact I have lived in the country so I do know what it is like to be right on the line (1/4 mile with property in two counties - fact of the matter was I knew where I lived).

Twizzy, I stand by my first statement and add saying that you want to be "re-zoned" is a way of doing damage control for not checking into it first.

AmericanMom, I'm sorry for calling it like I see it, but to call me a******for something that Ms. Hulke and the school district should have looked ito it just wrong.

This is wht is wrong with people today. There is little personal responsibility in taking a few moments to see if they can even do it or something. Now, I'm positive that Ms. Hulke's oversite was just that, but the fact remains that she was not qualified for this election, it has nothing to do with her wanting to serve on the board, we need people for that....but there were people qulified for this election that did not get elected.

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northeaglepride

Apr-03-13 9:31 PM

Everyone that says she should have known where the line is has no idea what is really going on. Did everyone know that for the last 4 years they were within the boundaries? And to "Harry" did you know that if their house was 20 feet to the west they would be in the district? Did everyone know that the calve shed is in one district and half is in the other. That when you drive up their drive way the driver and the passenger are in two districts? I love people that start going off on here and have no idea what they are talking about. Did everyone know that to the North and to the East ( Closer to Nicollet, farther from New Ulm) is actually district 88 not Nicollet? Maybe people should do some research before they open their mouth and show everyone they are IGNORANT!

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northeaglepride

Apr-03-13 9:35 PM

The property does not border any township, county, state, or country line by the way if that was your next argument Harry

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JReader

Apr-04-13 4:26 PM

Harry obviously doesn't understand that when re-districting occurs it can impact school district boundaries as well.

Harry should be consulted if any other person living in a rural area wants to run for office. His insights into personal responsibility cannot be matched by anyone.

I'm sure his excuses for berating Ms. Hulke will continue even after the facts about this situation have come to light. A person exercising "personal responsibility" and an ounce of integrity would offer their apology in this situation. I guess we will just have to see if Harry will live by his own words or if they only apply to everyone else.

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rukidding

Apr-05-13 2:51 PM

Interesting, so if the boundaries are so confusing, is it safe to assume that there are people out there that were allowed to vote on the referendum and school board ballot that weren't suppose to and since it would be hard to tell exactly how many, maybe the referendum and school board election should be disallowed and a new vote should be taken(after they have definite boundaries and costing $$$$$$$)

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