Are you keeping bees in Northern Minnesota?
The few I know of either migrate south for the winter or kill off their bees at the fall honey harvest, and start new again each spring.
I am working to successfully overwinter here as well as raise my own queens and looking for advise from others keeping bees in Northwest Minnesota or South Southeast Winnipeg, as I am only a couple hours from the border.
Would like to find a overwintering bee keeper in my area to get queens from.
We get no lake effect where I live. Way to far from any large lakes.
Weather here in winter is very harsh most years. -30, -40 and at times we have been down to -50.
I get a lot of wind at times in my area as well.
Cold winter winds bite hard here.
Do any true Minnesota bee keepers exist this far North?