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Brett Kent searches the hive for the queen, considerably larger than her peers. He seeks advice from a beekeeper mentor and the Internet "chat lines." Last summer learned of a bee vacuum, used to retrieve a swarm 30 feet up in a tree. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Bees abuzz with spring honey production in Park Rapids

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Twenty-five years ago Brett Kent, working as a Highway Patrol deputy in Roseau County, was introduced to beekeeping.

A chief deputy asked if he might put a couple of hives in the Kents' yard.

The bee colonies' caste system, from the queen, the guards, workers, scouts, nurses and foragers - all females - to drones - the males - captured his imagination and piqued his entrepreneurial spirit.

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