Hillsboro junior Holte one of area’s few beekeepers

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 6:15 am

Dozens of bees hover near Korina Holte as she casually removes her gloves and mesh veil and replaces the wooden cover to her hive. 

“Oh, I’m sorry!” she says, pushing some of the bees out of the way so they aren’t crushed by the cover. “I feel so bad if I kill one of them.”

With her bee colony numbering between 10,000 and 15,000 drones and workers, the Shelly, Minn. teenager’s beekeeping hobby isn’t what one would expect from an average 16-year-old. 

And her love of the insects doesn’t run in the family.

“My younger sister (Evelyn) wants nothing to do with the bees,” Holte says with a laugh. “She doesn’t want to go anywhere near them and she won’t talk about them.”

Holte, a junior at Hillsboro High School this year, is a busy bee herself.

She is active with schoolwork, basketball, volleyball, music and other extracurricular activities in Hillsboro.

She admits that with her interests so diverse, only a few of her friends know she also dabbles in beekeeping.

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