Bees at city hall? Honey of a deal


Life just got a little sweeter on the rooftop of Minneapolis City Hall thanks to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

The Star Tribune reports the tribe donated two hives of honeybees to promote beekeeping in the city, which is allowed with a permit.

In April, the city council amended the beekeeping ordinance to make it easier for residents to have beehives.

The honeybee population has been rapidly declining over the last several years.

Bees are vitally important to the U.S. food supply. They pollinate fruits, vegetables and nuts--a process that is required for more than 100 different crops and about one-third of all food production.

Beekeepers suspect the decline is caused by disruption of natural habitats, pesticide contamination and numerous bee diseases and parasites.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton offer a 15-week course that covers all phases of beekeeping, including extracting and bottling honey.

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