Minneapolis officials said a pair of beehives on the roof of City Hall aren't nuisance invaders -- they're welcome guests.
Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council Member Lisa Goodman and Mdewakanton Sioux Chairman Charlie Vig held a news conference Thursday to introduce the public to the rooftop hives of honeybees, donated by the Mdewakanton Sioux's apiaries, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported Friday.
The officials said the City Hall hives, which are expected to grow eventually to contain a total 500,000 bees, are part of efforts to promote beekeeping in the city.
The Mdewakanton Sioux have been offering locals a 15-week course covering all aspects of beekeeping since April.
The efforts, as well as similar programs in other cities, are designed to head off crop troubles stemming from honeybee deaths from loss of habitat, use of pesticides, diseases and parasites.