Mpls. City Hall green roof is honeybee home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Hall is abuzz with honeybees.

The green roof of the downtown City Hall and Courthouse building is now home to honeybees, thanks to a donation from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (SHAHK’-uh-pee mid-ah-WAHK’-ah-tuhn soo) Community.

The green roof provides critical habitat. Officials say the two hives are expected to grow to about 50,000 bees each.

The tribe donated the bees and equipment as part of its commitment to sustainable environment and to help Minneapolis with its environmental goals. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community manages more than 4.8 million honeybees in 120 hives in six apiaries.

U.S. honeybees have seen a mysterious and dramatic disappearance since 2006. A parasitic mite, habitat loss and pesticides are among factors blamed for the bees’ decline.

Bees, especially honeybees, are needed to pollinate crops.

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