Trott column: Beekeeping experts to lead free workshop in Alexandria and two other cities

The Alexandria workshop is set for Monday, June 27

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ALEXANDRIA — Come see what it’s like inside a honey bee colony! University of Minnesota Extension educators are excited to offer three honey beekeeping field days across the state.

Join Dr. Katie Lee, University of Minnesota Extension apiculture educator, and local beekeepers in Alexandria and two other cities as they go through colony handling, common disease and insect pests, and safety information — for you and the bees.

These free in-person workshops will demonstrate the steps for a proper hive inspection, give you timely information to keep your colony healthy, and more. Beginner and advanced beekeepers would all benefit from attending these field days.

Hive inspection is key to understanding the condition of the hive.

Three county University of Minnesota Extension programs will be hosting these workshops: Steele County, Douglas County, and Hubbard County.


If you have access to beekeeping protective equipment, please bring it to the workshop. Veils will be available to use during the program.

  • Saturday, June 25, 1-3 p.m. at 1949 Southeast 38th St. in Owatonna. To RSVP, please email Claire LaCanne at or call 507-444-7685.
  • Monday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon at the intersection of Douglas County Road 42 and East Lake Carlos Drive in Alexandria. Look for signs. To RSVP, please email Robin Trott at or call 320-762-3891.
  • Monday, June 27, 3-5 p.m. at 307 Grove Ave. N. in Park Rapids. To RSVP, please email Tarah Young at or call 763-688-1390.

Pre-registration is required, and workshops will be limited to 20 participants at each location. Pre-register soon to hold your spot!
If you have questions about these workshops, please contact Robin Trott.

Robin Trott is a horticulture educator with University of Minnesota Extension. Contact her at 320-762-3890, or at trot0053@umn.

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