Reader's View: Hospital’s demise a chance to honor Bob Dylan

Can part of the block that St. Mary’s Hospital sits on be dedicated to the birthplace of Bob Dylan?

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No other city in the world has the opportunity that Duluth has. Duluth is the only city that can honor Bob Dylan and the place where it all started. Although there have been many attempts to recognize the Nobel Prize, Gammy, and Academy Award winner, among many other awards, Duluth has not met the challenge so far.

At his concert at Bayfront Festival Park in 1999, Dylan made mention of the hospital where he was born. With that hospital being targeted for demolition, this may be yet another chance to pay tribute to a person who profoundly changed music and, in many ways, culture. Can part of the block that St. Mary’s Hospital sits on be dedicated to the birthplace of Bob Dylan? How about a small park there? A commissioned statue of Dylan, possibly sitting with his guitar and harmonica? Funding could be raised privately.

Duluth, we only have one opportunity to get this done. I hope we can do it.

Dave Lee



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