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WSI closes book on failed $17.1M software project

December 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency has closed the book on a bungled software project that cost $17.1 million but produced few tangible results, and the state is still considering legal action against the company contracted t…continue reading on

Montana high court hears Hutterite worker’s compensation case

April 26, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The Montana Supreme Court heard a case asking whether the state’s requirement that employers carry workers’ compensation insurance applies to religious organizations.
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OUR OPINION: Complaints at WSI demand attention

February 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

WSI employees must be told that integrity not money is the agency’s bottom line. Likewise, the workplace culture must consistently support and reinforce that goal. Continue Reading

Former N.D. work compensation director files federal appeal against felony conviction

February 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A former North Dakota workers’ compensation director wants a federal judge to review his felony conviction for misspending state funds. Sandy Blunt accuses state prosecutors of knowingly using false testimony to convict him in September 2008.
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N.D. workers’ comp agency reverses decision, awards death benefits in case of Dep. Bryan Sleeper

November 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

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Former North Dakota workers’ comp director contesting felony

February 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s former workers’ compensation director is asking the state Supreme Court for the second time to throw out his felony conviction for misspending public funds. Continue Reading

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Red Lake teachers struggle with PTSD

December 10, 2010 in INFORUM

Not covered under Minnesota workers’ comp
BEMIDJI, Minn. About a dozen former teachers who were in class the day of the Red Lake High School shootings on March 21, 2005, are asking for compensation, seeking to recoup lost wages. Continue Reading

8 OVER 80: Not-so-retired doctor, 94, evaluates disability claims

November 21, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Ed Laskowski’s co-workers have told him there’s a mandatory retirement in his future. The 94-year-old Bismarck man isn’t too worried. He still has 5½ years until his “forced” retirement at age 100. Open the article to see the video that accompanies this story.
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More North Dakota injured workers’ claims denied

August 6, 2010 in INFORUM

Legislation could increase payouts

A new report finds that denials of North Dakota injured workers’ claims “jumped dramatically” over a five-year review period but found claim practices were generally “sound.”
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Teller still seeking benefits

July 17, 2010 in INFORUM

More than a year after being handcuffed and held at gunpoint during a Gilby, N.D., bank robbery, a teller is still seeking workers’ compensation from the state for her diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
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