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Body found at Devil's Lake State Park

A woman's body was found at Devil's Lake State Park on Thursday.

Jim Carter, assistant parks superintendent, said the body was found at about 3 p.m.

The body was found by other park goers near a scenic overlook.

Authorities responded and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.

Gang investigators to meet in Wisconsin next week

Gang investigators from around the Midwest are meeting in Wisconsin next week.

The Midwest Gang Investigators Association is holding its annual conference in Wisconsin Dells from Monday to Wednesday.

Officials are expecting to discuss gang investigation, suppression, prevention, and homeland security.

The group has more than 2,000 members in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is scheduled to speak Tuesday.



Dells business owners gearing up for busy season

Despite the recession and the slow economic comeback during the past few years, business owners in the Wisconsin Dells area largely say that 2011 was a surprisingly strong year for their attractions.

So how are they preparing for what they hope will be an even busier 2012? Business owners said that they're still hopeful.

As proprietors get ready for their money-making season, some are counting on veteran parks and attractions to continue their success, while some are rolling out new or largely untested ideas.

For example, the company that runs the original Wisconsin Ducks is in just its second year of a new spooky excursion called "Lost Voyage." Assistant manager Amanda Glime said it has been a challenge marketing the new spin-off.

DOJ to focus on human trafficking at summit

Wisconsin Department of Justice officials plan to focus on human trafficking at the agency's annual law enforcement summit in June.

The summit is scheduled to run from June 6 through June 8 at a Wisconsin Dells resort. The agenda includes human trafficking talks by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, detectives from the Milwaukee Area Human Trafficking Task Force and crime victim specialists.

Also on the agenda is a discussion of Wisconsin's concealed carry law.

Teens learn dangers of texting while driving

Hundreds of Wisconsin students are getting a lesson about the dangers of texting while driving.

More than 600 teens from across Wisconsin gathered this week in Wisconsin Dells for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America Summit, where they learned about the dangers of distracted driving.

Students from Oak Creek High School's FCCLA chapter created an interactive obstacle course. It includes traffic signals, pedestrians and a talkative passenger to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving.

"It was very confusing. I tried to get it as perfect as possible, but it just wasn't possible," said Jackie Bedtka, of Stuben, one of the students who attempted to navigate the roadway on a bicycle while sending a text message.

As one student leader put it, the message is simple -- "there's no text worth dying over."

800 teens to gather about texting, driving in Dells

Nearly 800 teens from throughout Wisconsin will gather in Wisconsin Dells this week to talk about the dangers of texting while driving.

Oak Creek High School students along with the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin Family Career and Community Leaders of America and AT&T Wisconsin organized the first-ever "Teen State Summit."

The students were chosen last fall to participate in the National Teen Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., and then tasked with holding the meeting in 2012.

They hope to reinforce the message that text messages should wait until after driving.

The summit Tuesday will feature a documentary called "The Last Text" about lives altered or ended by texting and driving and an obstacle course presentation that demonstrates how difficult it is to text and drive.

Bidding continues for Great Wolf Resorts

The bidding war isn't over for Great Wolf Resorts and its 11 indoor water parks.

The Madison company said on Thursday KSL Capital Partners has increased its offer to $7.25 cash per share. The offer comes a day after an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, K-9 Acquisition, raised its bid from $6.75 to $7 a share.Apollo and KSL have been submitting escalating bids since Great Wolf went on the market.

A shareholder lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Madison last month to prevent Great Wolf from being sold to Apollo for its initial offer of $5 a share, plus assumption of debt. The plaintiffs said the $5 a share offer was "woefully inadequate."