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All-Terrain Wheelchairs And Adaptive Equipment

All-Terrain Wheelchairs And Adaptive Equipment

Open The Outdoors For Wisconsinites With Disabilities

MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~  August 20, 2020 (LSN)   The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all abilities around the state. In our parks and forests, on land and in water, the DNR's Open the Outdoors program helps ensure that everyone can make memories and learn new skills in Wisconsin's outdoors.

The DNR would like to remind Wisconsinites of resources available through Open the Outdoors, as well as recent permit changes that have increased accessibly across the state.

Open The Outdoors

Through Open the Outdoors, Wisconsinites with disabilities have access to seasonal adaptive equipment at state parks, including adaptive kayaks, beach wheelchairs and cross-country sit skis.

The DNR provides 10 accessible cabins at select state parks and forests, including eight large cabins and two smaller, rustic cabins. For those who would prefer to camp in a tent or RV, the DNR also offers accessible campsites at every state park and forest.

Additionally, hunters with certain physical disabilities are allowed special permits, such as one that allows shooting from a motor vehicle. Some Wisconsin residents with disabilities are also eligible for a discount on their annual fishing license. And, since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), every fishing pier the DNR builds is accessible to people with disabilities.

Permit-Free Access To Department Lands; All-Terrain Wheelchairs Now Available

The Wisconsin DNR recently modified its Manual Code 2527.7 to expand the definition of "wheelchair" and be more inclusive of medical mobility devices. Due to this update, Other Power-Driven Mobility Device (OPDMD) permits are no longer required for off-road wheelchairs, including track chairs, to be operated on state lands. This revision was made in response to U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) updates on the use of power-driven mobility devices (PDMD). These ADA updates require public entities to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures to allow PDMDs at public facilities.

And now, thanks to a partnership between the DNR and Access Ability Wisconsin, there are new options for those who want to explore department lands. Access Ability Wisconsin provides all-terrain wheelchairs for rent throughout the state that can be used for hunting, birding, fishing or simply exploring new paths. Reservations can be made by using Access Ability's online form.

About Open the Outdoors: Open the Outdoors is your resource for recreation options for individuals with disabilities. Learn more here.

Monica Spaeni, President of Access Ability Wisconsin, enjoys a day outdoors using the Access Ability Wisconsin outdoor wheelchair.Photo credit: Tim Gruber of Ackerman & Gruber

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Four arrested, firearms seized 27 January 2020

Four arrested, firearms seized

Thunder Bay Police

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO January 27, 2020 - 15:45 (LSN)  Police Media Release States:  Police have arrested and charged four people connected to reported sightings of firearms.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to the zero-to-100 block of Cumberland Street North just after 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 following reports of a group who may have been in possession of firearms.

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Crime Stats January 20th to 27th, 2020 27 January 2020

Crime Stats January 20th to 27th, 2020

Thunder Bay 67 ~ Greater Sudbury 49

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THUNDER BAY, SUDBURY, ONTARIO  January 27, 2020  (LSN) Crime Stats  January 20th to 27th Thunder  Bay 67 Incidents vs 49 Incidents for Great Sudbury which as a larger population

CBP Officers seize $900K worth of counterfeit U.S. currency 25 January 2020

CBP Officers seize $900K worth of counterfeit U.S. currency

International Falls Port of Entry

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MINNESOTA,   January 25, 2020  (LSN) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the International Falls Port of Entry seized $900,000 in counterfeit United States currency Friday that was discovered in a commercial rail shipment originating from China.

 

Over 3,050 Doses of Fentanyl Taken Off  Streets 25 January 2020

Over 3,050 Doses of Fentanyl Taken Off Streets

Greater Sudbury Police

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SUDBURY, ONTARIO - January 25, 2020  (LSN)  In November of 2019, the Greater Sudbury Police Integrated Crime Team (I.C.T.) working in collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (O.C.E.B.) commenced multiple investigations intending to disrupt drug trafficking operations entering and operating within the City of Greater Sudbury.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's first presumptive confirmed case 25 January 2020

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's first presumptive confirmed case

Elliott announces Website on Coronavirus

TORONTO, ONTARIO  January 25, 2020  (LSN)  Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced Ontario's first presumptive confirmed case of Wuhan novel coronavirus in Toronto.

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre admitted a patient brought in by paramedics who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms. The patient was screened, recent travel history to Wuhan, China, was confirmed and the patient was immediately put under isolation. The hospital and paramedic service took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and other patients.

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Two Case of Coronavirus Reported in Minnesota 25 January 2020

Two Case of Coronavirus Reported in Minnesota

Elliott announces increasing Federal Monitor Measures Coronavirus

TORONTO, ONTARIO  January 25, 2020  (LSN)  Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and co-chair of the federal-provincial-territorial health table, released the following statement on Ontario's preparedness for the Wuhan novel coronavirus following a joint call with her federal and provincial counterparts:

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Previously Removed Illegal Alien Arrested 24 January 2020

Previously Removed Illegal Alien Arrested

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On August 30, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Bottineau Station agents apprehended Rafael PUEBLA-Zamora for being illegally present in the United States.

Westfort Ward Spence Court Invasion 24 January 2020

Westfort Ward Spence Court Invasion

Pair arrested for trafficking, forcible confinement

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO January 24, 2020 - 15:45 (LSN) Thunder bay Police Service officers were dispatched to a residential address in the 200 block of Amelia Street West just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 following reports that people had forced their way into an apartment to deal drugs.

When police arrived, an investigation revealed two individuals had been living and dealing drugs out of an apartment unit without consent. These individuals were preventing tenants from leaving the apartment.

Message from Chief Hugh Stevenson 24 January 2020

Message from Chief Hugh Stevenson

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service New Website

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Elliott on Coronavirus 22 January 2020

Elliott on Coronavirus

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TORONTO, ONTARIO  January 22, 2020  (LSN)  Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, released the following statement on Ontario's preparedness for the new coronavirus in Ontario:

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