December 10th to be proclaimed “Bob Dylan Day” by Gov. Dayton

Gov. Dayton will make the annoucement at a community celebration in Hibbing

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Governor Mark Dayton will proclaim “Bob Dylan Day” in the state of Minnesota, at a community celebration in Hibbing.

The Governor’s proclamation marks the day the Minnesota-born music legend will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Bob Dylan was a true son of the Iron Range in his independence, his talent, and his ability to triumph over adversity. He spoke to a generation of young Americans, myself included, who were engaged in an unending war in Vietnam, the fight for civil rights, and the rapid changes in our society,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Dylan’s influence on American music and culture will be long-lasting.”

In October, the Swedish Academy announced it was awarding Bob Dylan the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24, 1941. He was raised in Hibbing and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1959, and briefly attended the University of Minnesota.

Dylan is the second Minnesotan to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He joins Sinclair Lewis, who was the first American to ever receive the award in 1930. Dylan is only the 12th American writer to receive the honor since the inception of the prize in 1901.

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