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Bee scholarship

Colin Witte of Rockwell and Gwen Voaklander of Osage have been awarded beekeeping scholarships from the Iowa Honey Producers Association. The scholarships will provide a bee hive, beekeeping equipment, honeybees, a mentor and beekeeping classes. 

Two North Iowa students have been awarded beekeeping scholarships from the Iowa Honey Producers Association.

Collin Witte of Rockwell and Gwen Voaklander of Osage will receive a bee hive, beekeeping equipment, honeybees, a mentor and beekeeping classes, according to a news release from the association. 

Both will soon receive their beekeeping equipment and begin to assemble their hives. Their honeybees will arrive in late April and will be installed into their hives with help from their mentors. 

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Throughout the spring and summer, Witte and Voaklander will check on their honeybees to monitor their progress and watch for anything that would be harmful to the bees. 

They may have honey to harvest in the fall, but the goal for the first year of a new hive is to get it through its first Iowa winter. Winter preparation and pest management typically happens in mid- to late fall. 

The Iowa Honey Producers Association Youth Scholarship Program is designed to bring young people into the world of beekeeping. For more information, visit www.iowahoneyproducers.org.

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