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Bar Bell Bee Ranch Donates Honey to KAXE/KBXE Fundraiser; California Bees Cope with Minnesota "Spring"

Bar Bell Bee Ranch Ed and Eileen
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Eileen and Ed Menefee

It's Fundraiser time here at KAXE/KBXE and there has been a buzz of excitement all week long as friends of the station have been coming out of their hives to pitch in. we've been hearing from the amazing colony of supporters, volunteers, and sustaining members, and it's safe to say they truly are the nectar that makes the KAXE/KBXE community so sweet.

One of those supporters, Eileen Menefee, stopped by the studio earlier this week to show why she is the Queen of local honey here in the northland. Eileen, Ed, and rest of the workers at the Bar Bell Bee Ranch donated six 5-pound tubs of local, raw honey that was produced special for KAXE at the ranch. When word got out that new sustaining members would receive the tubs of honey, a swarm of donations came in to swoop them up.

Eileen spoke with Heidi Holtan and Max Philbrook during the Wednesday Morning Show to share what's happening at the Ranch and give some love to all the places that buy their honey. From Duluth clear to Bemidji and back again to Virginia, bakeries, restaurants, breweries, co-ops and grocery stores in the area are well-stocked with fresh, non-heated honey from Bar Bell Bee Ranch.

But there is some drama happening at the Ranch too. Ed recently returned from California with a whole new batch of bees for this season's honey. It's not clear yet how the warm-weather-loving Cali bees will fare here with the late Spring in the Northland. Hang in there, Bees! It'll get better soon... probably.

Click the player at the top of the page to hear Eileen's full conversation with Heidi and Max and learn more about why the Bar Bell Bee Ranch supports the KAXE/KBXE mission of creating community in northern Minnesota.

To keep up to date on the status of the bees and to learn more about the Bar Bell Bee Ranch, click here to visit their website.

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.
Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.