‘Tangled Up in Ore: Bob Dylan and the Iron Range’

Dylan Days starts today. There’s plenty going on in Hibbing these next four days, but I’d like to point out the special Bob Dylan exhibit that opens today at Ironworld in nearby Chisholm. As Dylan Days co-chair, I played a role in the early stages of this project. But the hard work and vision came from the professional staff at Ironworld. I can’t think of a better way to open Dylan Days. Open until Aug. 3, “Tangled Up in Ore: Bob Dylan and the Iron Range” offers an interactive exhibit and summer-long arts and interpretive programming. It’s a must see.

Last night, Ironworld hosted a “1963”-themed preview for Ironworld members, dignitaries and people who helped with the exhibit. About 150 people gathered and the outcome of all the hard work was apparent in the quality of this exhibit. Everyone involved has a lot to be proud of. Anyway interested in how a guy like Bob Dylan could come from a place like the Iron Range should plan to see this exhibit, preferably this weekend during Dylan Days but certainly any time this summer during the exhibit’s May 22-Aug. 3 run.

Tuesday’s Hibbing Daily Tribune released a special Dylan Days section and ran a story yesterday profiling “Tangled Up in Ore.”

Today’s Duluth News-Tribune, from the front page to the “Wave” section, includes stories about Dylan Days and “Tangled Up in Ore.” Ann Klefstad interviewed Mike Ricci and me about Dylan Days and the creative writing/playwright contest. It was a very nice story, though the early Dylan tapes I heard referenced in the story were of Dylan alone and not the Golden Chords; and several of my quotes might get me in trouble … for the record I (heart) Hibbing’s city fathers and really do want to stress the significance of Dylan’s admission to the Hibbing Historical Society Hall of Service and Achievement. But still, it’s amazing how much good press Dylan Days keeps getting each year and how many new community partners join in.

Welcome to Dylan Days! Come on down (or up) to Hibbing for good times in the heart of the Mesabi Iron Range.

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