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Large Beehive Removed From a Tree Near the Law Enforcement Center

Posted: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Samantha Smith

A large team of bees who made their hope on the outside of a tree near the Marion County Law Enforcement Center were taken to a new home this afternoon. Sheriff Ron Goemaat says he noticed the large hive just a few days ago and knew the bees wouldn’t make it through the winter. Shawn Van Gorp of Pella, owner of Menninga Pest Control volunteered to take the bees and honeycomb off their hands and try to see if he could keep them warm enough to survive the winter at the small bee farm at his mom. Van Gorp put on protective gear and vacuumed the bees into a special container and took the beeswax and honey with to put in their new home. Van Gorp said he wasn’t sure they would be able to make it through the cold winter months but they would have a better chance of survival at his place than they would on the exterior of the tree near the Law Enforcement Center.