Buzz at Minneapolis city hall favors ending 34-year beekeeping ban

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2009 - 12:03 PM

Minneapolis drew closer to legalizing hives after the City Council heard from "stealth beekeepers."

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doctor2687Apr. 15, 0910:16 PM

So people who are breaking the law are allowed to testify about changing the law? I don't get it..

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killermebeApr. 16, 09 1:40 AM

Oh come on doctor2687 what don't you get? This is not a criminal matter this is a civil matter. Why wouldn't you want your city council to make an informed decision? I don't know what country you're from but it sounds pretty un-American to me. "Breaking the law"!!! Geeeez

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k57pulbufApr. 16, 09 6:52 AM

you bee my neighbor?

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PaleriderApr. 16, 09 7:50 AM

Think of living next door to a hive of bees - makes those summer outdoor gatherings a real treat. Particularly if you are allergic to bee stings. Talk about watching civil law in action! Or would that become criminal law? Hmmm.I do have to admit that this story is a prime example of the Mpls City council tackling real, hard core pressing issues.

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nathanduhApr. 16, 09 7:54 AM

"Keepers would be required to get some schooling and a city permit of $100 initially and $50 annually." What is with the fees to have a hive? These are bees! WTF!

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trulogicApr. 16, 09 7:55 AM

for local government to collect. "No new taxes" but will you just look at all the new fees!

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hiofcerApr. 16, 09 8:00 AM

The article states "Minneapolis is looking to legalize beekeeping." If it's not legal now, it must be illegal. I am not saying having a hive justifies criminal action but, like everyone else we must follow the law whether we like it to not. Questioning why someone who is breaking the law, is allowed to testify is not un-American. Quite the opposite actually.

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TeiresiasApr. 16, 09 8:39 AM

I don't object to keeping bees in the city, but it seems that people who have been breaking the law are now being rewarded (for a price, of course) by the city.

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krgregoryApr. 16, 09 8:47 AM

and am therefore deathly afraid of them. In fact, I run like a child everytime I see one. And though the odds of me coming in contact with a bee keeper would be rare....I would hope people would be more worried about someone's safety over someone's hobbies. So if my neighbor decideds to start a bee hive can I petition so that they don't?! Let's hope.

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ZarephethApr. 16, 09 8:53 AM

How many posters violate traffic laws by exceeding the posted speed limit? Complaining about the beekeepers violating a civil law when you do so yourselves is rather hypocritical...

Our nation was built upon the principle that people should violate laws that don't make sense. We have many laws at Federal, State, and local levels that no longer serve the best interest of the public, but needlessly deprive people of their freedoms. Although the Minneapolis beekeepers are violating the current law, they are the ones with the knowledge required for the city counsel to make informed decisions and set up appropriate rules to regulate beehives if they are allowed.

Note: I'd suggest beekeepers post bond and keep liability insurance to cover medical service expenses if their bees sting people or pets.

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