My daughter lives outside of Washburn in northern WI and is thinking about starting bees. If there are any beekeepers from up in that area maybe you could let me know what the specific problems are. I can kind of guess - long winter, deep snow, bears - but maybe there are some specific issues I'm not thinking of. If there are bee clubs up in that area maybe you could let me know how to contact them.
Bears sheesh I can't imagine having to set up your bee yard to keep bears out.