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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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KNIFE POINT ROBBERY AT CIRCLE K 11 September 2021

KNIFE POINT ROBBERY AT CIRCLE K

Arthur at Franklin

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~  September 11, 2021 (LSNews)    A knife wielding criminal entered the Circle K located at 1315 Arthur Street this morning, Saturday September 11,2021 at 12:34 am.

Inside Edition sources indicate that a robbery occurred.

It is unknown at this moment if hardworking TBPS Officers made an arrest or if any injuries were inflicted on the clerk.

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OGDEN STREET FENTANYL DEALER RELEASED ON $500 NO DEPOSIT BAIL 10 September 2021

OGDEN STREET FENTANYL DEALER RELEASED ON $500 NO DEPOSIT BAIL

Tells Arresting officer “I DON’T CARE. CHARGE ME. I DON’T GIVE A FUCK. I’LL KEEP DEALING ANYWAYS”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~   September 10, 2021 (LSNews)  “I DON’T CARE. CHARGE ME. I DON’T GIVE A FUCK. I’LL KEEP DEALING ANYWAYS” -Nadia Harper told Thunder Bay Police Officer wearing body camera upon her arrest.

A 22 year old NADIA LEE HARPER appeared by Zoom video today, Friday September 10,2021 from the Thunder Bay Correctional Center in Bail Court before His Worship, Justice of the Peace Jerry Woods for a Bail Hearing. She has gained a substantial amount of weight since being incarcerated.

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Kyle Smith ARRESTED First Degree Murder 9 September 2021

Kyle Smith ARRESTED First Degree Murder

Collision involving a pedestrian

SUDBURY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~   September 9, 2021  (LSNews) Around 9:30 p.m. this evning Members of our Emergency Response Unit located and arrested 32 year old Kyle Smith in the area of Falconbridge Road

He will be held in Police custody overnight in order to attend Bail Court on September 10, 2021.

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VIOLENT FENTANYL DEALER ARRESTED & RELEASED AGAIN 9 September 2021

VIOLENT FENTANYL DEALER ARRESTED & RELEASED AGAIN

GETTING HIGH ON HER OWN SUPPLY

THUNDER BAY, oNTARIO   ~~~~~~  September 9, 2021  (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers arrested a woman under the influence of drugs yesterday, Wednesday September 8,2021

A 22 year old AMANDA YVONNE OWEN was criminally charged with:-breach of release order for consuming drugs

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Collision involving a pedestrian Being Investigated as a Homicide 8 September 2021

Collision involving a pedestrian Being Investigated as a Homicide

Arrest Warrant for 32 year old Kyle Smith

SUDBURY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  September 8, 2021  (LSNews)  Arrest Warrant for 32 year old Kyle Smith - Early Morning Collision Involving a Pedestrian Being Investigated as a Homicide 

As a result of the ongoing investigation, Detectives from the Major Crime Section of our Criminal Investigation Division have identified the man believed to be responsible for the violent attack.

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Project Odgen Drug Bust North West Region Communities 8 September 2021

Project Odgen Drug Bust North West Region Communities

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  September 8, 2021  (LSNews)  A four-month investigation into a drug distribution network affecting communities across North West Region has resulted in the seizure of nearly 2 kg of cocaine as well as quantities of other illicit substances including crack cocaine, prescription pills, crystal methamphetamine, psilocybin and fentanyl. A network of 14 individuals with are facing numerous Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and Criminal Code charges.

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BETHUNE STREET DRUG BUST 7 September 2021

BETHUNE STREET DRUG BUST

CHILDREN FOUND ABANDONED

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~~  september 7, 2021  (LSNews)   Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers responded to a disturbance call at a drug trafficking house at 121 Bethune Street last night, Monday, September 6, 2021, after 9pm.

When police arrived to investigate, they found several children inside the home who had and learned that they were left with 5 unknown men.

 #LSN_Crime #LSN_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_DrugBust  #LSN_TBayCourthouse

CAREER CRIMINAL ARRESTED FOR BREAK AND ENTER ON JOHNSON AVENUE 6 September 2021

CAREER CRIMINAL ARRESTED FOR BREAK AND ENTER ON JOHNSON AVENUE

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~  September 6, 2021  (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers responded to a break & enter at an apartment in the 100 block of Johnson Avenue yesterday, Sunday September 5,2021.

After investigating, TBPS arrested a suspect.

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WANTED MAN ARRESTED BY THUNDER BAY POLICE & RELEASED BY COURT 6 September 2021

WANTED MAN ARRESTED BY THUNDER BAY POLICE & RELEASED BY COURT

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~  September 6, 2021 (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police arrested a man wanted on a warrant for failing to attend court. 

A 32 year old RUSSELL MUCKLE had been wanted for over a year. But the Director Of Communications at TBPS is unwilling to help front line officers.

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Derelict private property by County Fair Plaza 5 September 2021

Derelict private property by County Fair Plaza

City of Thunder Bay Media Release

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~  September 5, 2021  (LSNews)   A City of Thunder Bay Media Release stated. "The City of Thunder Bay has been working with community partners to address homelessness that exist within the community. Solution-focused efforts span the entire city, however, in recent days a derelict private property by Country Fair plaza has been the focus of attention. A number of individuals have sought shelter at this site which has created health and safety concerns given the disrepair of the facility and the lack of suitable sanitary facilities.

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