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Retired postmaster Mike Rooney is one of the organizers of Benson's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. In this 2007 file photo, he is shown in front of Duffy's, the site of more Irish festivities after the parade, this year set for March 20. (Tribune file photo)

It's that time o' year ... Communities plan celebrations in honor of St. Patrick's Day

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Parts of west central Minnesota are looking a little greener this week.

It's that time o' year when the region's Irish-American population gathers to wear, drink and celebrate all things green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.


Communities throughout the area are sponsoring a variety of events in honor of the holiday, from parades to dinners to shamrock hunts.

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