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    Re: No bees, what now?

    Fall dinks don't survive winter. Two fall dinks combined into one…die. I've learned it the hard way.
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    Re: Honey and Cheese

    +1 Michael's comment. The sweet of honey with a sharp cheese - excellent. More here: http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/10/pairing-cheese-and-honey.html
  3. Re: What would you pay for equipment assembly?

    We're an authorized dealer for Mann Lake in SE Minnesota and we have a lot of customers who want to buy ready-to-use boxes. There's a local organization ("Ability Building Center", or ABC) that finds...
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    Re: Bottled my first honey and well..

    Purple Loosetrife honey is greenish
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    Honey thieves - western Minnesota

    Supers stolen, just before they were going to be pulled for extraction. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/03/bee-honey-theft
  6. Fact or Fiction: Storing supers wet prevents wax moths

    Dialog amongst beeks with 10+ years experience during a Q&A at our last bee club meeting - they stated with surety that if honey supers are stored wet, the residual honey will prevent wax moth...
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    Re: "Storing Wet Frames"??

    The experienced - and vocal - beeks in our local club insist that storing honey supers wet was a surefire way to prevent wax month infestation. Truth or Fiction?
  8. Re: We had a commercial pollinator drop pallets too close.

    The responses indicating that a few pallets won't affect one's crop are interesting, considering I got a pretty hot phone call a couple of years ago - on Father's Day, no less - from a commercial...
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    Re: first year honey?

    From one Minnesota beek to another, your first priority this year is to have a large number of healthy bees with 75+ pounds of honey to get through winter. Since you're starting out on brand new...
  10. Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Twenty-plus mentors on our club list for the past two years. None got a call. Can't push a rope.
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    www.facebook.com/TheBeeShed
  12. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    For the small operation, the escape board is a nice option. I used it this year for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how effective it was. Yes - it's a bit more work because you need to...
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    Re: Managing a hive for hire

    The University of MN established it's "Hive to Bottle" program (http://beelab.umn.edu/BeeSquad/bee_supporters/index.htm). It raises public awareness and some money for bee research. The UM students...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    I go right to the manufacturer: http://www.dahltechplastic.com. I can get a case of 242 one pound queenline PET bottles for $0.20 each, and fliptop lids for another $0.07 each. I live 90 miles away...
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    Re: Hello from Twin Cities, MN

    Stillwater has a beek club - they might have someone willing to be a mentor and are right down the road from you. I was just at their monthly meeting on Monday this week - a great bunch of folks. The...
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    Re: where does this pollen come from??

    They're known to bring in corn dust from a bird feeder or maybe a feed pile that's in their range.
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    Re: Baby it's cold outside!!

    When it gets cold in Minnesota, we go surfing on Lake Superior: http://gearjunkie.com/lake-superior-surfing-minnesota
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    Re: Bee Club Communications

    Funny you should ask - I just sent my first test message with MailChimp yesterday afternoon. It was recommended to me by my ISP as a way to handle messages to the 160+ on our list.

    I like being...
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    Re: bees chew out entrance reducer?

    My entrance reducers show the same damage, from the inside.
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    Re: What did I hear today....

    Earlier this summer I was checking on a hive that was superceding. I pulled out one frame to check on the queen cells I knew were there. I got there just in time to watch the queen emerge - she...
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    Re: golden rod bloom

    SE MN - Goldenrod around my yards is nearly done, but we're dry as a bone here. Bees are working sneezeweed hard, and the NE Asters are just starting to bloom.
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    Re: Advice on a new opportunity

    I think you might be surprised by how much they use pesticides - systemic or otherwise.

    You'll need access to the hives that works for your schedule but might not work for theirs - meaning you...
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    Foulbrood then versus Varroa now

    Our club had a highly respected retired commercial beekeeper give a history of commercial beekeeping in MN, starting back in the early 1900s. This particular beekeeper started keeping bees in 1949 at...
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    Re: Entrance reducers

    Go figure.:D
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    We polled our club members here in SE MN at our Feb club meeting about survival to date. At that point we had an overall survival rate pegged at 53%. That was across about 25 different Beeks with a...
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