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Disc Golf, A Kick Start to Recovery of Local Tourism Industry

Event date: 7/31/2021 - 8/1/2021 Export event

Disc Golf, A Kick Start to Recovery of Local Tourism Industry

runs July 31 – August 1, 2021

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~   June 11, 2021  (LSN)  The Tourism Investment Committee of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) has approved $10,000 in financial support for the 2021 Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championships from the CEDC Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) Fund contingent on the hosting of the event as planned. The $10,000 from the CEDC MAT Event Fund will generate an estimated return on investment in the City of Thunder Bay of $12.96 for each dollar invested from the MAT.

Disc golf is an outdoor activity that has grown in popularity during the pandemic due to participating athletes being able to play safely while adhering to COVID guidelines. The Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championship is planned for July 31 and August 1 and could be the first significant championship hosted in Thunder Bay since the pandemic shut down in March 2020.

“We recognize that the Covid situation is evolving but we are hopeful that the ongoing vaccine roll-out and the limited Covid case counts in Thunder Bay will help to further mitigate any risk covered by our Covid contingency plans,” said Chris Ozolins, the Executive Director of the Ontario Disc Sports Association. Chris is in Thunder Bay this weekend for a site visit along with two other event organizers Cara Hovius and Jeff MacKeigan both pro disc golfers.

The Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championships is a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned A-tier tournament, open to both professional and amateur players. The competition runs July 31 – August 1, 2021 with organizers looking to add festival activities in and around the championship to further promote the game.

“During the week leading up to the event, we are planning a disc golf festival-like atmosphere that will celebrate the sport of disc golf and will include additional events and activities such as flex starts, doubles events, and a board game night,” said Cara Hovius from Tilt Bridge Consulting & ChainLink Disc Golf.

Thunder Bay now has three disc golf courses – the Birch Point Course at Boulevard Lake run by the City of Thunder Bay with the other two venues at privately run golf courses. Dragon Hills Golf Course and Bayview Golf Course have disc golf setup to be played on the same layout as golf.

“The Thunder Bay region has three beautiful courses that are hidden disc golf treasures,” added Ozolins who has paid a number of visits to the city to promote game.

The Northern Ontario Disc Golf Championships have been held in Thunder Bay each year since the inaugural event in 2019. Participation and interest in the event has increased in each subsequent year.

“Our goal is to host a top-tier event, showcasing these courses to people across the country, and developing Thunder Bay into a Canadian disc golf destination,” said Ozolins pointing to a provincial and Canadian championship in coming years.

The 2019 event had 28 participants (mostly local participation), with some additional casual players. Last summer when the pandemic subsided the 2020 event drew 59 participants with some out-of-town participation.

“The 2021 event will provide an economic boost for the City of Thunder Bay especially to the local hotel and hospitality industry hit hard by the pandemic,” according to John Cameron, Sports Tourism Development Officer, Tourism Thunder Bay. “The economic impact from the event is estimated at $130,000 with over $100,000 of direct spending in the community from visitors and costs to run the event.”

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Beacons of Hope exhibition opening at Concordia University-St. Paul

Solo exhibition by Anne Labovitz

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NORTHERN, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~  September 16, 2021  (LSNews)  I am pleased to announce the opening of my latest exhibition, Beacons of Hope curated by Dr. Megan Arney Johnston at Concordia University-St. Paul.  The site-specific works center on the conceptual and gestural elements of hope.
 

Beacons of Hope opens Thursday, September 16th from 5-7pm with an artist talk at 5:30.  Please join me.  If you're unable to attend, the artist talk will be recorded and shared at a later date, and the works will be on view through October 13th.
 

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Lake Superior water levels have declined and have reached the seasonal long-term average

for the first time since April 2014

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  September 13, 2021 (LSNews)   As a result of the drier than average weather and water supply conditions, Lake Superior water levels have declined and have reached the seasonal long-term average for the first time since April 2014. Conditions have been wetter in the Lake Michigan-Huron basin and water levels are midway between the seasonal long-term average and the record high water levels that were observed last year. Lake Superior outflows continue to be set in consideration of water levels upstream and downstream.

#LSN_Shipping #LSN_MNNews #LSN_WiscNews #LSN_CircleTour 

Horne Fire Update

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ISLE ROYALE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~~  August 28, 2021 (LSNews)  The Horne Fire is currently 245 acres in size and still 15% contained. Isle Royale received 0.75 inches of rain yesterday. Firefighters are currently working to control and contain the fire. Check out the most recent maps of the Horne Fire

#LSN_Fire #LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_MiNews  #LSN_CookCounty 

Magnus Announces Lineup for 50th Anniversary Season

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~~  August 26, 2021 (LSNews)   Magnus Theatre is excited to announce a return to the stage, with a full season of Mainstage programming running from September 16, 2021 until May 14, 2022.

The theatre will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the upcoming season

Horne Fire Update and Closures

Isle Royale National Park

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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

UP Wide Health Survey Arriving Soon

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SAULT STE MAIRE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  August 16, 2021 (LSNews)  Health surveys will be mailed this week to randomly selected household addresses across the Upper Peninsula as part of a community health needs assessment sponsored by 32 regional healthcare partners, including local health departments, hospitals, clinics, behavioral health agencies and health foundations.

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WMH ~ Ambulance Transfer Update for Community

Local agencies are working together on securing ambulance transportation

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  August 14,2021 (LSNews)  Local agencies are working together on securing ambulance transportation for patients from our local hospitals to other facilities for additional treatment. Like many industries, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are experiencing staffing shortages across the nation. In addition to low staffing numbers, each ambulance service has an obligation to comply with state and local requirements on protocol such as keeping a certain number of ambulances in the area to support 911 services. 

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Lake Superior water levels have declined and are approaching the seasonal long-term average

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARO  ~~~~~~~  August 4, 2021  (LSNews)  As a result of the drier than average weather and water supply conditions, Lake Superior water levels have declined and are approaching the seasonal long-term average. Conditions have been wetter in the Lake Michigan-Huron basin and water levels are midway between the seasonal long-term average and the record-high water levels that were observed last year. Lake Superior outflows continue to be set in consideration of water levels upstream and downstream.

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