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Grand Portage, Wolf Ridge to receive bees and beekeeping equipment

Jan 07, 2018 11:54AM ● By Editor
By Matt McKinney - The Star Tribune - January 7, 2018

The Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland is one of 80 groups national to win honeybees, a beehive and beekeeping equipment from the Honeybee Conservancy's national Sponsor-A-Hive program.

The center has pollinators class at its school farm, where some 13,000 K-12 students visit annually for stays up to five days.  The bees arrive this spring.

A second Minnesota school, the Oshki Ogimaag Charter School in Grand Portage for students in the kindergarten through sixth grade, will receive dozens of solitary bees such as leafcutters, masons and carpenters for their garden.  The bees are expected to pollinate fruits and vegatables and improve the garden's yield.  These solitary bee species make their own nests in the ground and rarely sting.

The Honeybee Conservancy has created 165 bee sanctuaries nationwide since 2015.
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