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Honey & Bees At The Minnesota State Fair

More Bad News For Minnesota Beekeepers

The latest national survey by the Bee Informed Partnership shows Minnesota’s beekeepers losing bee colonies at an alarming rate.

05/14/2015

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Bee-Keeping On Union Depot Rooftop

If you see any bees buzzing around St. Paul they might be heading home to an unlikely place. There are five hives on the rooftop of the Union Depot with about 10,000 bees each.

05/12/2015

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Minnesotan To Meet: Beez Kneez Founder Kristy Allen

After working on Bar Bell Bee Ranch, owned by her aunt and uncle, Kristy Allen decided to combine her two favorite things –bees and biking – to create her own business.

04/07/2015

Honey & Bees At The Minnesota State Fair

USDA To Spend $4M On Honey Bee Aid In 5 States

The federal government this fiscal year is providing $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help Midwestern farmers and ranchers improve the health of honeybees.

10/29/2014

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Scientists Study Number Of Minnesota Bee Species

Minnesota has hundreds of bee species. And now, for the first time, scientists are doing a count of how many bees call our state home. The count allows scientists to study relationships between population changes and pesticide use.

08/04/2014

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E-Cig Restrictions, Other New Laws Take Effect In MN Tuesday

The Minnesota Legislature passed scores of new laws this spring, and many of them take effect Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the more notable.

06/30/2014

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How Honeybees Are Helping Minnesotans With Disabilities

Honeybees are helping to change the lives of some Minnesotans living with disabilities. Just last year, Midwest Special Services in Shoreview started a bee keeping program for its clients, making a sweet difference in their lives.

06/23/2014

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Warm Weather Draws Wasps Out Of Their Nests

When out picnicking on a nice day, wasps aren’t typically welcome. “I just run,” Kelley Hart, from Waconia, said. But it seems like all of a sudden they’re everywhere. “When you’re outside picnicking, eating, grilling that type of stuff, that is when they come out quite a bit more,” Hart said.

05/23/2014

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USDA Spending $3M To Feed Honeybees In Midwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

02/25/2014

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Hackensack (Day 1)

HACKENSACK, Minn. (WCCO) — The second stop on this year’s winter lake trip brought Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer to Hackensack, Minn., a town in Cass County with a population of just over 300. The […]

01/23/2014

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Why The Influx Of Yellow Jackets Buzzing Around?

Minnesotans spend much of the summer swatting away mosquitoes, but in the fall, it’s the yellow jackets that become a big pest. They’re from the wasp family, and they do have a painful stinger. But there are ways to avoid being stung.

10/10/2013

Honey & Bees At The Minnesota State Fair

You Can Help The Hardest Workers At The Fair…Or Anywhere

If honey bees were to disappear, the world — not to mention the State Fair — would grow to be a much bleaker place. “Apples, oranges – things like that – they’d all be gone,” said Emily Campbell, the 2013 American Honey Princess.

08/26/2013

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Home Gardeners’ New Plants Could Be Killing Off Bees

An environmental group said Wednesday that many home gardeners may be unknowingly hurting the bee population, as the insects’ numbers continue to decline. Bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and cucumbers. The Pesticide Action Network along with a well-known University of Minnesota bee researcher said a study found that garden supply stores including Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling plants that are treated with pesticides that kill bees.

08/14/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘More Than Honey’ Gives A Hive-View Look Into What’s Killing Bees

And right now I’m even tempted to describe the doc as refreshing and nutritious as honey. And so I will. More Than Honey is just that — it’s smart, multi-layered, glittering with interesting characters, varied scenes, and Planet Earth-pretty images of bees, flying, working, mating, dying, enduring. More Than Honey is easily one of my favorite science docs this year. And while it’s not all doom-saying, don’t thinks movie won’t give you pause. Ands loads to think about.

07/12/2013

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Minneapolis City Hall Roof Could Be Home To 100,000 Bees

The state of the roof at Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building has everyone abuzz. Literally. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have donated a pair of hives that could help grow bee colonies exceeding 50,000 each.

06/06/2013

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Honey Production, Fruit Picking Delayed By Late Spring

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, farmer’s markets are back in business. But, you may not see some of your favorite foods right away. Fresh fruits and the honey supply will be delayed this year. Step into the packing facility for Ames Farm Unlimited, and it seems like business as usual. But owner Brian Fredricksen says all the jarred honey, candles and honeycomb are leftovers from last summer.

05/18/2013

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Lino Lakes Boy To Be Honored For Saving Brother, 3, From Bee Attack

An 11-year-old Lino Lakes boy heroically saved his 3-year-old brother from a bee attack in late August. Now, he’s being honored by the City of Lino Lakes and the Lino Lakes Police Department.

11/13/2012

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Bees Attack Day Care Kids In St. Paul

The St. Paul Fire Department says 11 daycare kids and two adults were walking along Mississippi River Boulevard late Wednesday morning when they were attacked by a swarm of bees.

09/19/2012

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Bees, Birth Marks & Mayonnaise

Carrie Rocha from Minneapolis sent me a question from her kids using Twitter: What’s the difference between bees and wasps?

07/27/2012

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‘Golden Lining’ Of 2012’s Weather: Honey Crop

One good result of this year’s extreme weather in Minnesota is a bumper crop of honey from local bee farmers.

07/05/2012

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More Beekeepers Than Ever In Minneapolis

The buzz in Minneapolis is the fact that the number of beekeepers is growing, and the number of people wanting to be a beekeeper is, too.

04/25/2012

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Beekeepers Fear Harmful Effects Of Pesticides

Beekeepers say a new pesticide is killing bees. A group is asking the EPA to do more testing before using the pesticide, which was approved in 2003.

04/08/2012

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Honey Production Drops In Minn., Wis. In 2011

Honeybees in Wisconsin and Minnesota have had an off-year. Wisconsin produced 3.6 million pounds of honey in 2011. That’s down 12 percent from the 4.1 million pounds it produced the previous year.

04/05/2012

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Truck Driver Indicted In Deadly Multi-Vehicle Crash

A truck driver who was involved in a multi-vehicle Lakeville accident that killed two people and an unborn child has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

05/02/2011

MN Farms Hurt by "Honey Laundering"

Cheap Chinese honey being dumped into US market

08/30/2010