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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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Emergency Management Urges Preparedness 25 August 2021

Emergency Management Urges Preparedness

Given Increased Fire Activity Cook County

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~~~  August 25, 2021 (LSNews)  Cook County Emergency Management urges preparedness with increasing fire activity and dry conditions in the Superior National Forest. Residents and visitors should be in ready mode if asked to evacuate.

Cook County uses the Code Red emergency notification system. To register for Code Red alerts, go the Cook County website: www.co.cook.mn.us  and look for the Code Red icon.  This system allows us to deliver emergency messages via phone call to your landline or mobile device and through text and email. A notification will also be sent out to all local media outlets and on County social media pages. Local authorities will go door to door to notify any impacted residences and businesses.

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TBFR Responds to Large Vehicle Fire at Resolute Saw Mill 25 August 2021

TBFR Responds to Large Vehicle Fire at Resolute Saw Mill

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~~~  August 25, 2021 (LSNews)  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR) responded to a fire involving a large piece of equipment at the Resolute Saw Mill on Darrel Ave at approximately 0810hrs today. First arriving crews located a large loader type vehicle known as a Cat M325 on fire on the exterior of the mill in the wood yard portion of the facility. The vehicle was well involved in fire and mill staff were attempting to keep the fire from spreading to nearby log stock piles.

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POLICE & HOUSING PRESENCE AT THUNDER BAY TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED TRAP HOUSE 25 August 2021

POLICE & HOUSING PRESENCE AT THUNDER BAY TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED TRAP HOUSE

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  August 25, 2021 (LSNews)   Inside Edition sources indicate that hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers are on the scene at one of the more notorious trap houses in Port Arthur, this morning Wednesday August 25,2021 at 10:30am

The 314 Windsor location has been supplying deadly fentanyl & crack 24/7 non stop.

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MOMMY TO THE RESCUE FOR TORONTO CRACK DEALER RELEASED ON $5000 BAIL 24 August 2021

MOMMY TO THE RESCUE FOR TORONTO CRACK DEALER RELEASED ON $5000 BAIL

700 block of Syndicate Avenue North

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~~   August 24, 2021  (LSNews)  A 19 year old JERMAINE HAZZARD of Toronto appeared by video from the Thunder Bay Jail today, Tuesday August 24,2021 before His Worship, Justice Of the Peace Bruce Leaman to be released from custody.

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MARATHON WOMAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR 24 August 2021

MARATHON WOMAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~~  August 24, 2021  (LSNews)  Hardworking Marathon OPP Officers arrested a 66 year old woman, yesterday Monday August 23,2021 for several historical sexual offences on a minor.

A 66 year old HEATHER MCMULLEN of Marathon Ontario is facing numerous criminal charges related to several sexual assaults on a young teenage boy.

#LSN_Crime #LSN_TBay #LSN_OPP #LSN_SexOffender  #LSN_TBayCourthouse

CBP at MSP Encourages Travelers to Use Facial Recognition 24 August 2021

CBP at MSP Encourages Travelers to Use Facial Recognition

NORTHERN, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~~~  August 24, 2021  (LSNews)  MINNEAPOLIS-U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are encouraging travelers to use the Global Entry Facial Recognition capabilities during their next flight.

#LSN_PublicSafety  #LSN_MNNews #LSN_CookCounty

OPP Officer Attacked 8 people charged 23 August 2021

OPP Officer Attacked 8 people charged

400 block of Portage Ave, Fort Frances

NORTHERN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~~~   August 23, 2021 (LSNews)    At approximately 3:30pm on Thursday August 19, 2021 a member of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police was working in the area of the 400 block of Portage Ave in the Town of Fort Frances. While at that location the officer identified a person who was wanted on an arrest warrant. The officer attempted to arrest that individual, and multiple other persons became involved and interfered with that arrest. This interference escalated and the police vehicle was damaged by the multiple persons and the officer was assaulted with a weapon by an individual. The officer and members of the public were not injured in the altercation.  
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Custody in Northwestern Ontario Death in Jail Cell 23 August 2021

Custody in Northwestern Ontario Death in Jail Cell

Atikokan OPP

ATIKOKAN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  August 23, 2021  (LSNNews)  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 37-year-old man’s death in custody last October.

#LSN_PublicSafety  #LSN_OPP

Horne Fire Update and Closures 22 August 2021

Horne Fire Update and Closures

Isle Royale National Park

ISLE ROYAL, MICHIGAN ~~~~~~~  August 22, 2021,(LSNews)   Isle Royale National Park is experiencing a wildfire on the island’s east end- the Horne Fire. It is approximately 200 acres in size at this time. Due to the progress of the Horne Fire, ongoing drought conditions, and elevated levels of fire danger, area closures are necessary to maintain public health and safety. Closed areas will be signed where possible and monitored to ensure compliance.

#LSN_MicNews #LSN_Cookcounty  #LSN_Fire

FENTANYL DEALER BUSTED BY THUNDER BAY POLICE 21 August 2021

FENTANYL DEALER BUSTED BY THUNDER BAY POLICE

Over $10,000 cash confiscated just this Friday 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  August 21, 2021  (LSNews)   Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers busted another fentanyl dealer yesterday, Friday August 21,2021

The Federal Crown Attorney called it a “large” amount of fentanyl. Police also seized over $5000 in cash.

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