Minnesota Delegation Congratulates Dylan

Franken, Klobuchar and Nolan talk about native son

From left, Rep. Rick Nolan, Sen. Al Franken and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were among those who congratulated Bob Dylan on his Nobel Prize win. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
From left, Rep. Rick Nolan, Sen. Al Franken and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were among those who congratulated Bob Dylan on his Nobel Prize win. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted October 14, 2016 at 9:11am

Members of the Minnesota congressional delegation on Thursday celebrated native son Bob Dylan for his Nobel Prize.

Dylan, who was born in Duluth and grew up in Hibbing, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature “for having for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Democratic Sen. Al Franken highlighted Dylan’s roots in the state, from when he played with the Grateful Dead at what is now Vikings Stadium 30 years ago, to having his likeness painted in Minneapolis.

“Bob Dylan is a renowned lyricist and musician, but he’s more than that in Minnesota,” Franken wrote in a Facebook post. “His history can be traced across our state, and he’s a part of us.”

Rep. Rick Nolan, whose district includes Hibbing, said on Facebook that it was “well-earned recognition.”

“His words have helped shape social movements and define our American tradition,” the 8th District Democrat said.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Dylan’s Minnesota roots were clear in songs like “Girl from the North Country.” 

Also joining the well-wishers was Rep. Betty McCollum, whose district includes St. Paul. Last year, the city named a part its 4th Street to “Positively 4th Street” after the Dylan song.

“He’s just another example of the tremendous artistic talent fostered in our state,” the Democratic congresswoman said.