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Beekeepers meeting January 29
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Area beekeepers will gather next weekend to indulge in what has become annual exercise in group therapy. With snow on the ground and their bees locked away in their hives, the group’s focus will be: “What can we do about our inability to do much for our bees?”

Meeting for the first time in the new Gays Mills Community Commerce Center, the beekeeper group will explore winter-feeding techniques, ways to keep bees as warm and moisture-free as possible. And the discussion will surely also turn to planning for a new season of honey making.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, in the board meeting room of the new Community Center on Highway 131.

Veteran beekeepers in the group will join together to provide practical advice on these and other subjects for newcomers to the subject. The group will also deal with a range of housekeeping topics, including the election of officers for the new year, a schedule of events for future bi-monthly meetings and how the club will arrange for the discount purchase of starter packages of bees in the spring.

Meetings of the Ridge and Valley Beekeepers are open to all who are interested. For further information, contact Brad Niemcek, at 608-624-3409 or online at