Susan Brown, founder and owner of Mademoiselle Miel, is bent over a hive near the front of her St. Paul-based shop, speaking softly to a honey bee. She stretches out her hand and grabs ahold of it momentarily, then approaches the front door to set the fuzzy creature free. It soon flies back to its s ... More >>
We bite into uncharted territory from testicles to urchins
While the bees are feasting on dandelion nectar, we'll be sampling treats made from their dandelion honey, at the first Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge. Chefs from all over the Twin Cities are set to compete in the event presented by the Beez Kneez on Thursday, April 10 at the Nicollet Island ... More >>
Daniella Martin is removing three plastic containers of bugs from her freezer. "This is the death chamber," she says. She gives the containers a shake to loosen up the frozen bugs and dumps the contents onto separate baking sheets. Martin will bake the mealworms and crickets first. As she salts the ... More >>
Daniella Martin's life revolves around bugs. She eats bugs, raises bugs, writes about bugs for the Huffington Post, and just released Edible -- a book dedicated to the benefits of bug consumption -- in February. She also inspired an episode of The Simpsons, regularly blogs about bug-eating adventure ... More >>
The honey makers use apples instead of bees for their sweet products
To promote their official grand opening on August 26, the Beez Kneez Honey House, the Twin Cities first urban community honey house, is hosting a preview event tonight from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at their headquarters in Longfellow. The family-friendly evening includes refreshments from Verdant Tea ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
Father John Brown served as priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. Now 92, he's retired and lives at a nursing home in St. Paul.SEE ALSO: Pastor's anti-gay marriage testimony about "ejaculation inside of a colon" is LOL-worthy [VIDEO] Recently, a former altar boy named Davis Pususta came f ... More >>
There are 30,000 air-purifying live plants, including 400 trees, in the Mall of America. And there are also thousands of aphids trying to eat them.SEE ALSO: Sarah and Bristol Palin receive a lukewarm welcome at Mall of America So officials have decided to one-up the aphids by releasing a whole shit ... More >>
"Imagine paying $50 for a pint of hand-pollinated strawberries," says the voiceover in this compelling video from the Beez Kneez, a local organization devoted to reviving the bee population in the Twin Cities and educating the local community about how bees affect our overall ecosystem. "That's what ... More >>
A potato-chip-chomping trucker carrying a load of beehives to California from Minnesota crashed around 10 p.m. last night in Montana, spilling hives all over the highway. The trucker, an Iowan, told Montana police that while driving he reached down to grab a bag of chips. When he looked up, a dee ... More >>
This sick little bastard is now on the state's payroll.Emerald ash borers are real punk insects. They have no respect for Minnesota's trees, and at about an inch long as adults, they're pretty hard to round up by human hand.As recently leaked documents show, the Minnesota Department of Agricultur ... More >>
But the production is a bit too long
How are Minnesota's bees doing?A recent New York Times article suggests that a virus and fungus have paired up to cause the demise of many hives across the country. Since the Upper Midwest is home to many large and small beekeeping operations, we asked a couple of local experts about what this me ... More >>
They're hard to kill and coming to a cushion near you
BirdChick.comWorking hard for the honey.It's a sweet friendship between local Sharon Stiteler, an obsessive bird-watcher who blogs about her adventures on birdchick.com, and Neil Gaiman, who penned the Oscar-nominated flick Coraline. Each had always wanted to keep bees, but Gaiman couldn't commit ... More >>
A penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Green Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: 'ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone'
Photo by guanoWe thought emerald ash borer was unstoppable. We had already started to envision the Twin Cities naked as all the ash trees succumb to the evil buggers. But fear not! Wasps to the rescue. Minnesota plans to introduce stingless wasps (whew) in southern parts of the state first. The ... More >>
ACT ONE, TOOThe Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's stage adaptation of the Kevin Bacon classic Footloose has won rave reviews and added some kick to a lineup of shows that usually features singing nuns and Elvis (not in the same show, unfortunately). Local singer/dancer/actor Ben Bakken tackles th ... More >>
McCafé McCafé McCafé bees McCafé McCafé. The more you try and understand Haunted House the more they will mercurialize through your pitchfork. Do just enjoy.
bcjordanAt least one person is dead after a semi-truck hauling bees was involved in a crash on the northbound side of I-35 in Lakeville. Another person was injured and taken to the hospital.But that's not the end of it: apparently the swarm of angry bees is making the recovery effort difficult. F ... More >>
We've heard from a couple concerned residents who saw what seemed to be healthy trees meeting their fate shortly after being spray-painted with the green ring of death. Apparently the city decided to clear out the ash trees in the city before the emerald ash borer even has a chance to strike. I ... More >>
February 1 marked the tenth anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota. The minus 60 degree reading (measured in the Arrowhead town of Tower) produced a weird sort of provincial glee. If memory serves, one enterprising television reporter demonstrated the extremity of the cold ... More >>
Ames farm revolutionizes the gathering of honey, to flabbergasting effect
Mink Lungs: One band, a dozen hallucinogenic pop songs, 2,000 biting red ants
A downtown cockroach and a nihilistic alley cat light up the gutters in the Theater Gallery's Archy and Mehitabel
So winter makes you think of mulled cider, snow angels, and Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Well, then, shut up and go away.
For the planet's most voracious insects, Minnesota is just one more pit stop
Wings sprinkled with fairy dust. Free-falling sex. A bite that can kill. Meet Minnesota's favorite insect -- and the men who adore it.
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