The St. Louis County Board will celebrate Bob Dylan and his upcoming 80th birthday at its meeting in Duluth on Tuesday.
Commissioners will proclaim the "Year of Dylan" set to begin on Dylan's birthday, May 24, and lasting until the iconic troubadour's 81st birthday in 2022.
Referring to Dylan as a "cultural giant," the proclamation outlines his birth at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth in 1941, and his years growing up in Hibbing.
"Upon moving to Hibbing his early and lasting influences including forming bands while still in high school, including the Golden Chords," the proclamation notes, adding that Dylan referenced his education during his Nobel Lecture after receiving the Nobel Prize in literature in 2016.
"I had principles and sensibilities and an informed view of the world," the proclamation quotes Dylan as saying. "And I had had that for a while. Learned it all in grammar school."
The "Year of Dylan" proclamation dovetails with a yearlong celebration locally of Dylan's legacy.
The "Year of Dylan" project is being conducted by a host of organizations, including the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee, Hibbing Dylan Project, Visit Duluth, Iron Range Tourism, Minnesota Discovery Center, Hibbing Area Chamber, and the county.
Events throughout the year will be bookended by each of the Duluth Dylan Fests later in May. Events throughout the year include: a special addition to the Mesabi Trail near Hibbing, a year of Zoom talks, a Dylan-themed concert in Chisholm at the Minnesota Discovery Center, the dedication of the Hibbing Dylan Project on May 22 at the high school, and 80th and 81st birthday parties.
"His work is so highly regarded that it is being taught as a separate course in numerous colleges and universities," the county proclamation said.
The County Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Louis County Government Services Center on West Second Street in downtown Duluth.