On a sunny afternoon this spring, around a table in her Duluth home overlooking Lake Superior, Mary Hagen, her son Jay Hagen, and Mary's companion, Lou Schindler, looked at a stack of old black-and-white photos. "Oh, he was so cute," Mary said. She was looking at a photo of her brother, U.S. Marine Sgt. James Joseph Hubert. "He went by Jim. I think he went by Jim," she said. "I mean, my sister always referred to him as Jim — 'my brother Jim.'"
The annual weeklong celebration of all-things Bob Dylan is set to begin this weekend with a variety of events including concerts, poetry readings, art openings, pub trivia, and the ever-popular Blood on the Tracks Express. Kicking off Duluth Dylan Fest's seventh year with a concert on May 20 at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Robby Vee and His Rock-N-Roll Caravan will be on the bill, and it will benefit the Duluth Armory Arts and Music Center. Robby Vee is the son of Bobby Vee, a Fargo, N.D., musician who had an early but lasting impact on Dylan.