This week I listened to a progam on Minnesota Public Radio, with multiple segments, regarding the â€˜boomâ€™ of back yard beekeepers, and also, in the city of Minneapolis and suburbs of. Guests were Dr. Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, and Dr. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois who recently introduced research relative to honey bees having personalities. Articles and audio provided here, the audio with the Docs is worth a listen to: Beekeeping Legal in Minneapolis Beekeeping Permits Jump in Minneapolis Plight Of The Bees Spivak and Robinson Model Beekeeping Ordinance MN It was amazing to me how many â€˜illegal keepsâ€™ there are in suburban settings. In the city of Minneapolis keeps are required to obtain a permit, take a BK class and pass a BK test. Register their hives at $100 and pay 50$ every year thereafter for those hives, erect a fence and obtain consent from any neighbor within 100 feet. I am not looking to start a debate here about the rights or wrongs of city government and beekeeping. :grin: â€¦.would have plenty to say on that myself. I would like to â€˜take a pollâ€™ or know how many keeps here are suburban backyard beekeepers or beekeepers governed in a rural area: how many hives do you keep? Legal or not? Been through a rat race of a beekeeping ordinance and requirements you must meet? Any other comments you would like to share. Someone jump in and start out, thanks! ps, i am trying to create a 'poll' for this thread, so forgive me if i don't get it right!