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Minn. Town Wants To Honor Bob Dylan

June 30, 1999

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) _ A task force of Hibbing residents is considering a center that would honor Bob Dylan, the folk music pioneer who grew up here.

``I remember a fellow coming from Ireland, and he came to Hibbing looking for a Dylan museum. This had to be in the late ’70s,″ task force member Don Hilligoss said this week.

Dylan was born in Duluth, 75 miles away, but grew up in Hibbing. Task force member Ed Beckers said Hibbing’s center could have performance areas, with proceeds used to fund scholarships for fine arts students.

``We don’t have a place. We don’t have anything but this idea. We don’t have money,″ Beckers said. ``When he left in ’59, that’s all he had too.″

Meanwhile, New York consultant Susan Phillips is spearheading an effort to develop a nonprofit Bob Dylan Digital Arts Center in Duluth.

Phillips envisions a privately funded center that would feature a library devoted to writings about Dylan and his paintings, as well as interactive media and a performance space. It would include a screening room featuring video clips, concert footage and Dylan’s favorite movies.

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