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The dike road in Lakefront Park was closed to pedestrian traffic beyond where the replica Columbus boats were docked Tuesday. A swarm of honey bees was discovered on a tree halfway to the end of the dike.

Bee swarm closes Hudson’s dike road

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Bee swarm closes Hudson’s dike road
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Hudson’s dike road was closed at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, after the city’s lead parks supervisor, J.J. Barnes, noticed a large swarm of bees on a tree about halfway to the end of the dike.


Tom Zeuli, director of the Public Works and Parks Department, said Hudson beekeeper Stewart Erickson was called and has started the process of removing the honey bees from the dike.

Zeuli said Erickson brought a box that the bees began entering - and then another box when the first one appeared to be full.

Erickson estimated that the swarm has 30,000 to 50,000 individual bees, according to Zeuli. Erickson reportedly said it is a large one.

Zeuli said the dike road will remain closed until the swarm is removed. He thought it might take the rest of the day for that to happen.

Lakefront Park is busy with people visiting the replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta boats, which are anchored along the dike road. People are also sunbathing, fishing and enjoying the warm summer day.

The high water of the St. Croix River has spilled over the first seawall in Lakefront Park, making islands of tops of picnic tables and benches. Children have been playing on them.

Zeuli cautioned that the water drops off quickly from the seawall. He indicated that the Public Works and Parks Department may fence off the seawall, or put up signs warning people of the drop-off.

Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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