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Local Scout Honored for Work in Native Bee Conservation

From Troop 45, Niko Liepens

Target Center is not only home to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx; it is now also home to bees native to the state of Minnesota. Nikolas Liepins, 14 year old student at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and Founder and COO of Bee Kind MN, Inc., chose Target Center to help promote biodiversity by placing two native bee houses on the arena's already green roof, with the plan to add more.

"Native bees are facing devastating habitat loss and a rapid decline in their populations due to pesticide use, urban food deserts, and the lack of safe housing," says Liepins. "We have made it our mission to help save the native bee population. Together, we can save the bees by not using pesticides, planting pollinator gardens, and making bee houses."

Liepins was recently honored by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) by receiving the United States "2017 Pollinator Advocate Award." The award was bestowed at a special reception and ceremony held at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Nikolas Liepins is the first Minnesotan and youngest-ever recipient of this prestigious award.

"We are pleased to be able to recognize the outstanding efforts of these special individuals, who are leading by example in taking innovative actions that help make the North American landscape a better place for our pollinating partners," says Val Dolcini, President and CEO of the Pollinator Partnership, which facilitates NAPPC.

Bee Kind MN, Inc. is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. At BEEKINDMN.org, over 160 bee houses have already been registered from the United States, Canada, and France. Liepins provides free seeds for pollinator plants to all who register their Minnesota bee houses. Bee houses registered outside of Minnesota receive seed recommendations for their area. Target Center (registered Bee Kind House #52 and #53) is proud to be associated with Bee Kind MN!

To learn how to build a bee house and join in the effort to #SaveTheBees with #BeeKindMN, please visit www.BEEKINDMN.org

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