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    Looking for work, H2a worker from Chile

    Asking for a friend…he’s from Chile and aspires to work bees commercially in the US on a work visa. He’s second generation, runs up to 150 colonies in the mountains and sells product in Santiago-area...
  2. Re: What is the efficacy of powdered sugar as a mite treatment

    Peer-reviewed study from 2008: "We found that dusting colonies with powdered sugar did not significantly affect the adult bee population (treated: 10061.72 ± 629.42; control: 10691.00 ± 554.44) or...
  3. Re: The Beeinformed Survey Is Now Taking Answers -- Please Complete It

    It's not a particularly user-friendly survey. They're asking questions in April that required a detailed level of documentation from 9-12 months earlier. In June, I'm not thinking about what the next...
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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
  6. 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
  9. 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?
  11. 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...
  13. 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
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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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