There are 30,000 air-purifying live plants, including 400 trees, in the Mall of America. And there are also thousands of aphids trying to eat them.SEE ALSO: Sarah and Bristol Palin receive a lukewarm welcome at Mall of America
So officials have decided to one-up the aphids by releasing a whole shit ... More >>
"Imagine paying $50 for a pint of hand-pollinated strawberries," says the voiceover in this compelling video from the Beez Kneez, a local organization devoted to reviving the bee population in the Twin Cities and educating the local community about how bees affect our overall ecosystem. "That's what ... More >>
A potato-chip-chomping trucker carrying a load of beehives to California from Minnesota crashed around 10 p.m. last night in Montana, spilling hives all over the highway. The trucker, an Iowan, told Montana police that while driving he reached down to grab a bag of chips. When he looked up, a dee ... More >>
This sick little bastard is now on the state's payroll.Emerald ash borers are real punk insects. They have no respect for Minnesota's trees, and at about an inch long as adults, they're pretty hard to round up by human hand.As recently leaked documents show, the Minnesota Department of Agricultur ... More >>
How are Minnesota's bees doing?A recent New York Times article suggests that a virus and fungus have paired up to cause the demise of many hives across the country. Since the Upper Midwest is home to many large and small beekeeping operations, we asked a couple of local experts about what this me ... More >>
BirdChick.comWorking hard for the honey.It's a sweet friendship between local Sharon Stiteler, an obsessive bird-watcher who blogs about her adventures on birdchick.com, and Neil Gaiman, who penned the Oscar-nominated flick Coraline. Each had always wanted to keep bees, but Gaiman couldn't commit ... More >>
Photo by guanoWe thought emerald ash borer was unstoppable. We had already started to envision the Twin Cities naked as all the ash trees succumb to the evil buggers. But fear not! Wasps to the rescue.
Minnesota plans to introduce stingless wasps (whew) in southern parts of the state first. The ... More >>
ACT ONE, TOOThe Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's stage adaptation of the Kevin Bacon classic Footloose has won rave reviews and added some kick to a lineup of shows that usually features singing nuns and Elvis (not in the same show, unfortunately).
Local singer/dancer/actor Ben Bakken tackles th ... More >>
bcjordanAt least one person is dead after a semi-truck hauling bees was involved in a crash on the northbound side of I-35 in Lakeville. Another person was injured and taken to the hospital.But that's not the end of it: apparently the swarm of angry bees is making the recovery effort difficult. F ... More >>
We've heard from a couple concerned residents who saw what seemed to be healthy trees meeting their fate shortly after being spray-painted with the green ring of death. Apparently the city decided to clear out the ash trees in the city before the emerald ash borer even has a chance to strike. I ... More >>