(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The state of the roof at Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building has everyone abuzz. Literally.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have donated a pair of hives that could help grow bee colonies exceeding 50,000 each.

The two hives sit nestled among the honeysuckle and native grasses already growing atop the roof.

The hives were introduced as part of a nationwide effort to reverse the trend of waning honeybee populations, due to loss of habitat, pesticides and disease.

Experts say that bees are responsible for pollinating as much as one-third of the foods we consume, and therefore a decline in the population would correlate with an increase in food prices.

Statistics show Minnesota is consistently one of the top five U.S. states in honey production.

Click here to learn more about beekeeping regulations in Minnesota and about Minneapolis’s sustainability efforts.



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