The great Greyhounds vs. Bluejackets mix-up myth

The Hibbing Memorial Building Arena is a historic, well-kept and beautiful place to watch hockey. It has a massive arched ceiling, black art deco doorways and concrete block corridors beneath the bleachers. But there’s something odd planted in the middle of its ice sheet. An anchor. A big blue anchor with an attached rope and … More The great Greyhounds vs. Bluejackets mix-up myth

Forget the Nobel Prize ceremony, this place is more important

  I didn’t get an invitation to the Nobel Prize award ceremony for Bob Dylan in Sweden today. Instead, I visited a memorial to the most important people in his life: His parents. Abram and Beatrice Zimmerman are both buried in Duluth, Minnesota; the same place they brought Bob Dylan into this world more than 75 … More Forget the Nobel Prize ceremony, this place is more important

Rocking on the rails at the Duluth Dylan Fest

Put the legend of Bob Dylan, four bands and 200 drunken hipsters on a train rumbling through the foggy Minnesota north country and you have one heckuva rock & roll song. Each May, Duluth music fans organize the Duluth Dylan Fest, a birthday celebration for the world’s greatest songwriter and reluctant native son Bob Dylan. This year the … More Rocking on the rails at the Duluth Dylan Fest

Dylan in Nashville: How a Minnesota music legend changed country music

The Country Music Hall of Fame front door greeter was trying to sell my wife and I on all the big attractions inside the massive concrete and glass music cathedral in downtown Nashville earlier this month. “We’ve got a career spanning exhibit on Eric Church,” she said. “Trisha Yearwood’s “The Song Remembers When” is excellent…” … More Dylan in Nashville: How a Minnesota music legend changed country music