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A bee, its wings flapping so rapidly they barely can be seen, takes off one flower and looks for another. In the process, it takes pollen from plant to plant. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Bee buzz gets louder at Minnesota State Capitol

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ST. PAUL -- Bees are tiny, but are big players in crop production, so the growing problem of them dying off is creating a huge concern throughout the Upper Midwest.

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Minnesota leaders are looking at ways to help because bees are chief pollinators of many crops throughout the region. More than a third of crops depend on bees to produce food.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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