Kathy Smith handles a new colony of honeybees with neither gloves nor hood. Smith said she enjoys the honey her Chisago City colony of bees produces, and said she always buys honey from the different international locales to which she travels, to taste the local varieties. She said buckwheat honey and orange blossom honey are particularly delicious. (submitted photo)
Mounds View rethinking chicken and bees, New Brighton to hold public hearing May 12
Mounds View's city code regarding what it considers farm animals — horses, cows, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens and bees, among others — is cut and dry.
Raising them in Mounds View is "unlawful and a public nuisance affecting the public peace, safety, and welfare," according to city code 701.06, which the city adopted in April 2002.
St. Anthony resident Nicholas Welter photographed the aftermath of an accident off of St. Anthony Boulevard. Welter describes his photo as such: “Emergency personnel have just removed the driver from the car with the help of hydraulic cutting/ramming tools, and have managed to get him onto a stretcher. All [seven] visible emergency personnel are caring for the driver.” (photo courtesy of Nicholas Welter)
A widespread power outage that was traced to problems with a transformer at the Xcel Energy power substation in Roseville blinked out areas of New Brighton, northeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony the afternoon of April 22.
A house fire the evening of April 18 on the 1400 block of Pinewood Drive in Shoreview spread to two neighboring houses, damaging all three, though no injuries were reported, according to the Lake Johanna Fire Department.
Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)
North Oaks author's book to be released May 1
On one of her many walks through the woods near her North Oaks home, author Cheryl Blackford saw a "lone coyote trotting across the frozen lake" and wondered how it lived successfully so close to an urban area.
Blackford says she walks outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. It's her thinking time for writing stories, including imagining the setting for her newly published children's picture book, "Hungry Coyote," a story about a year in the life of an urban coyote.