Re: Hello from Twin Cities, MN
Welcome to Beesource!
You may also find that it may be difficult to acquire bees without placing an advance order. Package bees are definitely a seasonal item. It may be possible to purchase nucs and full size hives over a more extended period, though.
There is a introductory course on April 29 offered here:
If you haven't checked to see if its full, its worth checking. I see on that page that there are also Fall courses.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft