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Woman's driveway covered with lucky pennies

A Sauk City woman who underwent brain surgery hoped for a little good luck before her surgery, and it turned out people gave her a penny party on her driveway.

Cheri Johnson posted a request for a show of support and good luck through lucky pennies on her Facebook page.

Johnson's mother underwent surgery Monday and is recovering.

The family said thanks for the support and they hope to pay the favor forward one day.

Wisconsin Dells rental vacation home makes top 10 list

A rental vacation home in Wisconsin Dells made a top 10 list of vacation rentals in the U.S., according to a release.

According to the website TripAdvisor, travelers ranked Devil?s Lodge, a family vacation home, as No. 7 for top-rated vacation rentals in the U.S.

The house goes for $2,400 a week and has imported stone floors, in-floor heating, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and is on three park-like acres of land.

Other rentals making the list include places in Hawaii, Florida, California and Arizona.

Eatery offers mac-and-cheese with more

A new eatery in Wisconsin Dells is offering several new twists on an American standard: macaroni and cheese.

MACS -- the macaroni and cheese shop at 208 Broadway St. that opened last month -- has specialty varieties of the noodle dish spanning the gamut of cheeses.

The shop’s mac-and-cheese bowls include 12 original recipes such as the Jalapeno Popper Mac with cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, jalapenos, bacon and cream cheese; or the Memphis Mac with American, cheddar, mozzarella, pulled pork, barbecue sauce and onion tanglers, according to the restaurant’s online menu.

Prices range between $4.95 to $9.50.

MACS also serves several sandwich melt options, fountain sodas and draft or bottled beer. The shop is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sauk County quarantined for invasive pest, officials say

Wisconsin agriculture officials say emerald ash borers have been found at Mirror Lake State Park.

The discovery has prompted agriculture officials to quarantine Sauk County for the invasive pest.

A number of the adult beetles were caught in one of the purple traps set out around Wisconsin to monitor for emerald ash borers.

In addition, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources forest health staff found immature beetles and other signs of infestation when they peeled bark from some of the ash trees at the park entrance.

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials confirmed the beetles are emerald ash borers.

The quarantine will apply to all of Sauk County. It prohibits wood products from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.

Water levels on most state waterways drop

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said water levels on many lakes and rivers in central and southern areas of the state are finally beginning to drop.

Much of the state got rain in the last week, while northern Wisconsin received several inches. The DNR said the Flambeau River remains high, but the St. Croix, Wolf, Baraboo, Rock, Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers have all been going down. Sandbars have finally returned to the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.

With all the rain, the berry crop in some areas looks better than it has in years. Juneberries, blueberries, and even some raspberries have started to ripen. The DNR expects the upcoming blackberry crop to bring high yields.

Body discovered in motel pool

The body of an Illinois man was found in the pool of a motel in Wisconsin Dells, according to Wisconsin Dells police.

Officers were called to Indian Trail Motel at 1013 Broadway at 8:02 a.m. Friday.

Jose Manuel Robles-Orozco, 34, of Aurora, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said there appears to be no foul play and alcohol is believed to be a factor.

The death is under investigation pending the results of an autopsy and toxicology tests.

Baraboo bank robbed again, bank offers reward

A Baraboo bank robbed Tuesday was also the target of a robbery on June 6.
Baraboo police were called to the Wells Fargo Bank at 710 Broadway St. at 10:55 a.m. after a robbery was reported.

The robber was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and was wearing navy sweatpants with a stripe, a light-colored shirt and dark shoes, according to police. He displayed a handgun and had a white plastic bag that looks like a grocery bag. He was last seen walking toward 6th Street. His face was covered but police believe the robber might be in his 30s.