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WSI audit manager is challenged by board

BISMARCK -- Workforce Safety and Insurance's internal audit manager should have reported her suspicions and concerns only to the WSI board's Audit Committee, not the state auditor's office, the new chairman of the Audit Committee said Wednesday.

BISMARCK -- Workforce Safety and Insurance's internal audit manager should have reported her suspicions and concerns only to the WSI board's Audit Committee, not the state auditor's office, the new chairman of the Audit Committee said Wednesday.

Kay Grinsteinner, the internal audit manager, asked the attorney general for whistleblower protection on Nov. 5, the same day she sent a letter to all board members and to state Auditor Bob Peterson's office saying WSI may be improperly denying injured workers' claims and that an outside review should be done about her suspicions.

Since then, the governor and WSI board have been working on hiring a consultant to study those issues.

The Audit Committee met Wednesday afternoon, a prelude to today's meeting of the full board.

Mark Gjovigp, the new Audit Committee chairman, questioned whether Grinsteinner had followed the correct procedure, which he says is spelled out in a charter.

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"The Audit Committee chair is who you contact, not the state auditor, not the Bureau of Criminal Investigation," he said.

But Grinsteinner said she had first taken the issues to the former Audit Committee chairman, Evan Mandigo. She said he then retired from his job at Basin Electric and left the board because he was no longer employed.

"I took the urgent stuff to Evan right away," she said "I presented them to Evan and--poof--he was gone."

Gjovig said Mandigo turned the information over to Board Chairman Bob Indvik, who then gave it to him, as he was the new Audit Committee chairman.

"Within the hour, I was on the phone with Tim Wahlin (a lawyer at WSI)," Gjovig said. "Being very new to the position, I sought legal counsel."

Grinsteinner said she had not intended the report she gave to the state auditor to be publicized.

"I tried to keep things as private as I could. I didn't know that was going to be released to the public," she said.

Forum Communications first published Grinsteinner's letter to the auditor's office and board, by making an open records request to the state auditor.

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Janell Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Dickinson Press.

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