The number of requests for beekeeping permits is spiking in Minneapolis, nearly two years after it was legalized.
It’s still a relatively small number-fewer than four dozen—but it represents a four-fold increase over last year. Thirteen permits have already won approval and another 28 are pending for a total of 41.
The increase is a sign of the resurgence in the popularity of beekeeping, especially in urban areas, and also the willingness to go through the permit process, local beekeepers said.
Other metro towns are starting to allow bees. Here, Terry McDaniel, president of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association, tends to one of her five hives in her Inver Grove Heights backyard. McDaniel was checking each hive for a queen bee, which she knew was present when she spotted larvae.
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