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Duffy, Kind question actions of DeSanctis at field hearing

10 people testified at Monday afternoon’s congressional field hearing on over prescription and retaliation allegations at Tomah’s VA Medical Center. It included exchanges between 7th District Congressman Sean Duffy, 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind and recently ousted former VA director Mario DeSanctis. DeSancits says they got an inspector general report on the topics last June. DeSanctis said they’d already worked on corrective action plans before they got the report in June. DeSanctis says the report made it difficult on him, however, because there was nothing in the repot that indicated there were patients at risk or whether care standards had met. DeSanctis said the report lead investigator told him not to give out the report to others. DeSanctis said he was not given a reason why he was not allowed to give the report to Kind during a post-report visit. Duffy questioned the leadership of DeSanctis. Duffy asked DeSanctis if the buck stops with him. DeSanctis said it did. Duffy then said DeSanctis knew what was being said by employees about the VA. DeSanctis says the retaliation accusations were not brought to him and that on actions that were brought to his attention he took action to make sure they were resolved. Duffy said it doesn’t sound like the families of Jason Simcakoski and Thomas Baer think DeSanctis took action. The first group of witness included Marv Simcaokoski, whose son Jason died last year of an overdose of hospital-administered drugs, and Candice Baer-Delis, whose dad died after he had to go to La Crosse after a 90-minute wait after he had a stroke at the hospital earlier this year.

West Salem to take another shot at building new middle school

West Salem schools will try again next week at passing a 30-plus million dollar referendum to build a new 5th through 8th grade middle school. A similar referendum was voted down last spring. Superintendent Troy Gundersen says there are some changes from last spring. Gundersen says it’ll now include city pool renovations after a survey showed that for 300 thousand dollars of repairs you could get another 15 or 20 years of the pool, so it’s included this time. You can see a complete interview with Gundersen Tuesday at 7 o’ clock, 830 and 1230 on KQEG TV 23.

Mauston police chief retiring June 1

20-year Mauston police chief Mark Messer will retire June 1st. Messer has been a policeman for 40 years. Messer says his career has been truly rewarding and that he wouldn’t trade it for anything.

DOT Elroy Academy St improvements meeting Tuesday night

The DOT will hold a public meeting on Elroy Academy Street improvements Tuesday night. The meeting begins at 6 o’ clock at the Royall High School cafeteria. Pavement will be replaced between Highway 82 and Liberty Street.




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