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French mustard wins worldwide competition in Middleton

A French mustard, Bornier Dijon Mustard, has been named Grand Champion at the 2014 World-Wide Mustard Competition, according to a release.

Held at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, the 2014 Worldwide Mustard Competition drew more than 300 entries in 16 flavor categories.

Judges tasted the mustards not knowing if they were tasting international brands or small boutique mustards, organizers said. The judging took place at the Mustard Museum and at the Kendall College Culinary Arts School in Chicago where the Grand Champion was picked from the 16 gold medal-winning mustards.

?Bornier Dijon represents all that one could want in a classic Dijon mustard,? said Barry Levenson, curator of the National Mustard Museum and director of the competition since 1995. ?It is sharp, perfectly balanced, silky smooth and versatile for use in both cooking and as a condiment for sandwiches, sausages or cheese.?

Middleton dispatcher helps teen 700 miles away via text

A Middleton police dispatcher helped a teenager almost 700 miles away via text message get emergency help last week, according to a release from the Middleton Police Department.

Last week a Middleton Police Department dispatcher received a text message from a teenager who was afraid that his mom was having a medical emergency, officials said.

The type of contact is fairly common to dispatchers, but after exchanging several text messages the dispatcher discovered that the teenager and his mother were about 700 miles away in Manchester, Tenn., according to the release.

Police do not know why or how the teen found the number to reach police in Middleton, but he said he didn?t have minutes left on his phone and was only able to communicate using Wi-Fi from a local restaurant using a texting app.

Sun Prairie pounds Middleton, 16-4

Ryan Curran hit a grand slam and drove in eight runs as Sun Prairie defeated Middleton, 16-4 in a Big Eight conference baseball game in Sun Prairie Friday afternoon.

Michael Marchese went 4-4 and Mike Brekke was 3-3 with three RBI as Sun Prairie built a 13-3 lead after three innings.

Kanyon Fellers got the win for Sun Prairie which handed Middleton its first loss in the conference this season.

Sun Prairie is now 6-1 in the Big Eight, Middleton is 5-2.

Madison craft beer scene sees explosive growth

By Aaron R. Conklin

It's one of the first things you notice when you sidle up to the bar at Dexter's Pub?and why wouldn't it be? It's what you're here for, after all. More than a third of your twenty-four tap beer choices are local craft brews. If you're a local beer lover, you can tick 'em off like the days of the week?there's New Glarus and there's Capital. And there's Lake Louie, Tyranena and Vintage. Uh-huh.

Dexter's owner, Nick Zabel, a self-described craft beer nut, always wanted to run a craft beer bar. The local piece of it, he says, has just fallen into place.

"It's quality product first," says Zabel, who's also given tap space to other locals, like Ale Asylum and Karben4, in his east-side establishment. "And the bottom line is that these guys are brewing awesome beer."

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

Prep Mania Game of the Week spring schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school baseball and softball games this spring sports season. Here's the schedule:

Tues., May 6- Wisconsin Heights at Lodi baseball (Dane Baseball Field) - 4:45 p.m.

Thurs., May 8 - Middleton at LaFollette softball (Olbrich Park) - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., May 14 - Edgewood at Memorial baseball (Mansfield Stadium) - 5 p.m.

Thurs., May 22 - Sun Prairie at Middleton baseball (Middleton HS) - 5 p.m.

Tues., May 27 - Waunakee at Stoughton baseball (Stoughton HS) - 5 p.m.

American Family Insurance having success being green

American Family Insurance having success being green

American Family Insurance started a simple recycling program at its national headquarters in 1989. In the 25 years since, the company has developed it into one of the most aggressive programs in the country in diverting waste from landfills.

"We just feel like it is about doing the right thing, and we pledge to protect the dreams of our customers. And we do that in part by being supportive of the communities in which they live and we feel this is one way in which we can do that," said Maggie Becker, facilities program analyst for American Family Insurance.

With nearly 3,000 employees working at ther national headquarters, a significant amount of waste is generated. Currently, American Family Insurance is able to divert 78 percent of that waste from landfills. It has an expansive recycling program but also collects organic items, which are then sent to a composting facility in Oshkosh. Their goal is to reach a 90 percent rate of waste diverted from landfills.

Beltline lane closures scheduled near west side, Middleton

Beltline lanes will be closed for construction near Middleton and Madison?s west side starting Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said.

Construction on the Beltline between Mineral Point Road and Terrace Avenue will start Wednesday, and the construction zone will be extended from Mineral Point Road to University Avenue on Thursday, according to a release.

The project includes pavement rehabilitation, working on auxiliary lanes and making ramp improvements at the Greenway Boulevard interchange, according to the release.

Lane closures are scheduled in the area from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, officials said.

The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2014.