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Hello, folks, welcome to a mid-winter edition of the Beehive. I thought I would check in with you folks and let you know how the bees are doing, and what is going on this time of year in the commercial Beekeeping world. So as we dig out of the biggest snow storm of the season, the bees are busy trying to stay warm in the hive boxes. As you know, if you are regular readers of the Beehive, I did not take my bees to Kansas this year. Nor did I try to winter the bees in the heated garage.
With the recent heavy snowfall, it might be necessary to clean off the roof to prevent a cave-in or stop leaks into the attic that could wreck shingles. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security reminds consumers that ice dams can lead to expensive repairs and hazards - and are frequently preventable. Ice dams are caused by the presence of warm air in the attic, combined with snow on the roof and the right weather conditions. Ice dams occur when heat leaks into the attic and melts the underside of the snow on the roof.
This Friday and Saturday, State Senator Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) will meet with constituents across Senate District 2. Representative Roger Erickson will co-host this weekend's legislative town halls with Senator Skoe. Town hall meetings give area residents an opportunity to meet their local legislators and discuss in-person important state issues currently being heard at the Capitol. All are invited to attend and join the conversation. "I look forward to the discussions Representative Erickson and I will have with constituents from District 2 this week," said Senator Skoe.
The 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener in Park Rapids is approaching faster than you might think. Currently, committee members are looking for four varying levels of support. First, the group has been promoting the sale of raffle tickets to win one of two prizes, each of which will be granted to two lucky winners.
Two forfeits and a minor decision in the final four matches gave the Park Rapids wrestling team a 42-33 win over Fosston/Bagley in the final dual meet of the regular season Thursday night at the Century School gym. Jared Sunram's 9-7 minor decision at 113 pounds and Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 120 gave the Panthers a 9-6 lead.
The local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), East Ottertail SWCD, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are offering free irrigation clinics Feb. 26-27. Three clinics will be offered across Central Minnesota. Clinics will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are offered in Becker and Hubbard County, Otter Tail and Todd County and Wadena and Morrison County. Interested people are asked to pick the clinic location that is most convenient.
Why is it that some teams get results effectively and efficiently and others just waste our time? Could it be that they are organized? Could it be that they have a process? Could it be that they have effective leadership? Could it be that they share a mutual responsibility to act professionally and are focused on moving toward desired results? Probably all of the above. The potential for great achievements lies within the grasp of all organizational teams. There is no doubt that several brains are better than one.
Spring is around the corner and soon the spectacular color of Minnesota's peonies will spot the landscape. Minnesota peony expert Harvey Buchite will present information on the history and role of Minnesota peonies within the state as well as across the country at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Park Rapids Area Library. The free presentation is part of the Kitchigami Regional Library System's Legacy Program Original archive materials from the Brand Peony Farm, the first nursery in Minnesota, were digitized to bring a first-hand look at our Minnesota Peony Heritage.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) has been awarded a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council to fund four of the nine educational programs it will offer area residents during its spring series. The programs will run from Feb. 19 through April 16. The grant, in the amount of $1,970, will enable HCLL to present four programs that will examine artistic elements and forms common to America's shared cultural heritage and values.
Angie's Groom 'n Board is holding its second annual dog wash Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. Angie Walther and her staff donate their time, so all proceeds go to Headwaters Animal Shelter. Last year's event raised more than $2,000 for the shelter. The dog wash is a freewill offering, and includes nail trimming, anal gland expressing, ear cleaning, blow-drying and a light brush out. Openings are limited, so call 732-9862 for an appointment. Angie's Groom 'n Board is located at 1109 Western Avenue South, next door to Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.