I am a new suburban beekeeper in Rochester MN. I took Mary and Gary's course at U of Mn, and hived my first 3# package of carniolan bees on Saturday. So far so good. It seems like they are enjoying the warm spring in MN, and the neighbors are more excited than I am. I have been surprised by my teenage daughter, too - she is always asking to help out. Thrilled to join this great community!