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Walt Stephen stands near one of about 10 bee colonies on his property in Bonner Springs; he has 40 overall, the others located on farms in Leavenworth and Douglas counties. What started out as a method to pollonize his apple trees turned into a lucrative side business and has earned Stephen and his wife first-place ribbons for the best honey products at the Kansas State Fair.

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Bonner couple has best honey, apples in state

Walt Stephen started planting apple trees on his land when his family moved to Bonner Springs 20 years ago just so he’d have “something to do” when he retired.

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