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Al Hoffman, 77, works in one of many flowerbeds at his home in Willmar. Although he grows a variety of flowers, he says he likes tulips the best because they bloom early. Tribune photo by Gary MIller

Local gardener prefers tulips because they're first

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Winter was a tough one, even by Minnesota standards, and spring took its sweet time getting here -- if it's really here.

As for the April showers an old song promises will come our way, the showers continue to dump water on us in the month of May.

But the song also promises flowers and they're blooming everywhere.

Gardens and flowerbeds at homes, churches and parks all over west central Minnesota are filled with such blossoms of spring as tulips and daffodils.

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