Matt Laible, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-2786 
Jennifer Hellman, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, 651-292-8062

June 5, 2013

Green roof of the City Hall and Courthouse building becoming home sweet home for honeybees

WHAT:             Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council Member Lisa Goodman and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Secretary/Treasurer Lori Watso will show off two new beehives and honeybees donated for the City Hall and Courthouse building’s green roof.

Beekeeping gear will be available for media who want a closer view of the bees.

WHEN:             1 p.m., Thursday, June 6

WHERE:           Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building, 350 S. Fifth St.

Media should enter through the Fourth Street doors to be escorted to the courtyard roof.

MORE:             The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated the bees from its own apiaries. Bees on rooftops are common in cities, and the green roof provides critical, protected habitat – especially in a commercial area such as Downtown. The two hives are expected to grow to about 50,000 bees each.

Honeybee populations have been declining because of several factors including loss of habitat, use of pesticides, bee diseases and parasites. Minneapolis is one of many cities around the country promoting beekeeping. From Washington, D.C., to Chicago to San Francisco, municipal governments and beekeeping organizations are working to reverse the trend of disappearing honeybees.


Published Jun 5, 2013



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