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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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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR MORE VIOLENCE 14 September 2021

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR MORE VIOLENCE

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  September 14, 2021  (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers were called yesterday, Monday September 13,2021 regarding a male & female being assaulted.

After investigating, TBPS Officers arrested a 47 year old RAYMOND MEEKIS.

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OPP NW Region report 10 fatal overdoses and 73 non-fatal overdoses 14 September 2021

OPP NW Region report 10 fatal overdoses and 73 non-fatal overdoses

overdoses are only for OPP patrolled areas...

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~September 14, 2021  (LSNews)  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are warning the public of the recent increase in drug overdoses in the North West Region. Concerns have been raised that there could be a potential batch of fatal street drugs circulating in the area.

"Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid. You can't see it. You can't smell it. You can't taste it. Fentanyl can be lethal in small quantities. If someone's drug choice is mixed with or contains fentanyl, it can potentially kill them." Detective Staff Sgt. Curtis Peckford

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Lockdown critic Dr. Matt Strauss can “AND WILL” be removed 14 September 2021

Lockdown critic Dr. Matt Strauss can “AND WILL” be removed

as Haldimand-Norfolk's new top doc if there are “any concerns

NORTHERN, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~  September 14, 2021 (LSNews)  Doug Ford's chief medical officer of health told media — after questions were closed — that the interim appoint of Dr. Strauss “cannot be permanent”.

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Update Westfort Ward Shooting 14 September 2021

Update Westfort Ward Shooting

Thunder Bay Police report

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~  September 14, 2021  (LSNews)  Police continue to investigate an incident originally reported as being a shooting in the Westfort Village Monday evening.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 100 block of Frederica Street East at about 6 p.m. following reports about the injured elderly female.

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WESTFORT  SHOOTING SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL 13 September 2021

WESTFORT SHOOTING SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL

ELDERLY WOMAN SHOT

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~   September 13, 2021  (LSNews)  Inside Edition sources indicate that a drive by shooting occurred late this afternoon, Monday September 13,2021 on Frederica Avenue in Westfort near the grocery store.

Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers are on the scene investigating and no is has been arrested yet.

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Judge asks “IS HE DOUBLE VAXXED?” 13 September 2021

Judge asks “IS HE DOUBLE VAXXED?”

TBAY JUDGE HAS CONCERNS SENDING PEOPLE TO JAIL WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED BOTH COVID SHOTS

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIRO  ~~~~~~~  September 13, 2021 (LSNews)  A repeat drunk driver was scheduled to plead guilty this morning, Monday September 13,2021 before Justice Vince Scaramuzzo

The deal was to plead guilty and receive a 4 month jail sentence.

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National Police Woman Day Soo Police Honour Constable Lois Beckett 12 September 2021

National Police Woman Day Soo Police Honour Constable Lois Beckett

Sault Ste Marie Police Service

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  September 12, 2021 (LSNews)  On National Police Woman Day, we want to recognize the first woman officer in Sault Ste. Marie Police Service history: Constable Lois Beckett.

Cst. Beckett was sworn in as a Policewoman on September 5, 1949. Unlike their male counterparts at that time, women in Canada were not given the rank of Constable when joining a Police Force. In 1962, this policy changed and women officers would now be referred to as Constables.

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ARREST MADE IN WALSH STREET METAL PIPE ATTACKS 12 September 2021

ARREST MADE IN WALSH STREET METAL PIPE ATTACKS

Sex offender on bail attacking cars in Westfort

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~  September 12, 2021 (LSNews)  Yesterday afternoon, Saturday September 11,2021 around 3:35pm, a man brandishing a metal pipe began attacking vehicles on Walsh Street West at the intersection of Walsh street when they stoppedn.

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VIOLENT RANDOM ROBBERY  ALGOMA AT JOHN STREETS 12 September 2021

VIOLENT RANDOM ROBBERY ALGOMA AT JOHN STREETS

Wanted Male still on the loose

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  September 12, 2021  (LSNews)  A man walking to his job at Walmart early this morning was ambushed & robbed on Memorial Avenue.

A random male walking down Memorial Avenue before 5am this morning noticed he was being followed by 2 people, a male & female.

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Shopping cart by-law now in effect 11 September 2021

Shopping cart by-law now in effect

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~  September 11, 2021 (LSNews)   The City’s Shopping Cart By-law that outlines a comprehensive system for the regulation of shopping carts in the City of Sault Ste. Marie is now in effect.   

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