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Cheesemakers earn honors at contest
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MONROE - Cheesemakers from the region took home a number of top prizes in the annual U.S. Cheese Championships at Lambeau Field this week.•  Steve Webster, of Monroe's Klondike Cheese Co., took first place - or best in class - in the Feta, Flavored category, with his peppercorn feta in brine that scored 99.05 points.•  Steve Stettler of Brodhead's Decatur Dairy, took first place in the Havarti categorty, with his Havarti entry, which scored 99.50.•  The "Decatur Team" from Brohead's Decatur dairy also took frist place in the Quesos Para Fundir category, for its Quesos Para Fundir entry, which scored 99.40.• Doug Kundert, of Monroe's Chalet Cheese Co-op, took first in the Smear Ripened Semi-Soft Cheeses category with his 5-pound German-style Brick Cheese Loaf, which scored 98.95.•  Decatur Dairy's Stettler also took first in the Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles) for his Havarti Pepper cheese, which scored 98.75•  Bruce Workman, of Monticello's Edelweiss creamery took first place in the Reduced Fat Hard Cheese catergory, with his reduced fat, low sodum lacey swiss, scoring 99.15. Other regional winners, who finished in the top six in each category, include:•  Silvan Blum, Chalet Cheese Co., Monroe, second place, Baby Swiss Style, 20 pound Baby Swiss Wheel, 96.60.•  Mike Tourdot, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, third place, Baby Swiss Style, 40 pound Block Baby Swiss, 96.55•  Neal Schwartz, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, third place, Baby Swiss Style, 20 pound Baby Swiss Wheel, 96.25•  Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, second place, Feta Flavored, Tomato and Basil Feta in Brine, 96.85•  Emmi Roth USA, Emmi Roth, Monroe, second place, Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles), Havarti Jalapeno, 98.60•  Hansi Lehner, Jr., Valley View Cheese Co-op, South Wayne, sixth place, Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles), Jalapeno Havarti, 98.25•  Team Emmi Roth USA, EmmiRoth USA, Monroe, second place, Smear Ripened Semi-Soft Cheeses, Mezzaluna Fontina, 98.80•  Team Emmi Roth USA, EmmiRoth USA, Monroe, fourth place, Smear Ripened Semi-Soft Cheeses, Braukase, 98.65•  Nathan Leopold, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, sixth place, Smear Ripened Semi-Soft Cheeses, five-pound German-style Brick Loaf, 98.45•  Hansi Lehner, Jr., Valley View Cheese Co-op, South Wayne, fifth place, Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles), Jalapeno Havarti, 98.25• John Jay Lewis, Valley View Cheese Co-op, South Wayne, second place, Havarti, Havarti, 99.10•  John Yttri, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, third place, Havarti, Plain Havarti, 99.05• Decatur Team, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti, Havarti, 98.90• Bruce Workman, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, seventh place, Havarti, Plain Havarti, 98.80•  Dennis Schliem, Zimmerman Cheese, Inc., South Wayne, fifth place, Quesos Para Fundir, five-pound Asadero Wheel, 98.90•  Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, sixth place, Quesos Para Fundir, Quesos Para Fundir, 98.55•  Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, second place, Havarti Flavored, Dill Havarti, 98.40• Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, third place, Havarti Flavored, Dill Havarti, 99.35•  John Yttri, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, fifth place, Havarti Flavored, Onion Havarti, 99.05•  Decatur Team, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, sixth place, Havarti Flavoried, Havardi Dill, 98.80• Team Emmi Roth USA, EmmiRoth USA, Monroe, second place, Blue Veined, Blue Affinee, 99.40•  Brian Zimmerman, Zimmerman Cheese, Inc., South Wayne, third place, Brick, Muenster, five-pound Brick Loaf, 99.15•  Dennis Schliem, Zimmerman Cheese, Inc., South Wayne, fourth place, Brick, Muenster, five-pound Muenster, 99.05•  Nick Patterson, Torkelson Cheese Co, Lena Ill., fifth place, Brick, Muenster, Brick Cheese, 99.00•  Team Emmi Roth USA, EmmiRoth USA, Monroe, second place, Gouda, Aged, Aged Gouda, 98.96•  Bruce Workman, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, fourth place, Gouda, Aged, Grass Based Cellar Aged Gouda, 98.35•  Team 2, Ed Goebel and Miguel Ortega, Mexican Cheese Producers, Darlington, second place, Quesos Frescos, five-pound Fresco Wheel•  Paul Rufener, Swiss Heritage Cheese, Monticello, third place, Quesos Frescos, Queso Blanco, 98.85•  Team One, Wisconsin Cheese Group, Monroe, fifth place, Quesos Frescos, Queso Blanco, 98.60•  Team Emmi Roth USA, EmmiRoth USA, Monroe, third place, Smear Ripened Hard Cheeses, Gruyere Reserve, 98.65•  Team Maple, Maple Leaf Cheese Co-op, Monroe, sixth place, Cheddar Aged One to Two Years, English Hollow Cheddar Wheel, 98.95• Soft Ripened Production, Kolb-Lena, Inc., Lena, Ill., second place, Brie Camembert and Other Surface (Mold) Ripened Cheeses, Alouette Baby Brie, 98.70•  The WOW Team, Kolb-Lena, Inc., Lena, Ill., fifth place, Brie Camembert and Other Surface (Mold) Ripened Cheeses, Brie, Plain, 16 oz.