DULUTH, Minn. – The ceremony to unveil an outsize coin-like marker in the front walk of Bob Dylan’s first home in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood stopped Lindsay Munson in her tracks.

Jogging in the alley facing the yellow duplex that was restored to honor its significance to the Dylan legacy, Munson yielded Tuesday to a crowd that was swelling into the street outside the home at 519 N. Third Ave.

The musician’s 75th birthday Tuesday, coupled with Duluth Dylan Fest, which continues through Sunday, made for a crowd hip to share in Duluth’s relationship with the prolific and notoriously private artist.

Though Dylan never looked back on his rocket to fame, it’s incorrect to say he doesn’t warm to thoughts of his birthplace, said John Bushey, a Dylan aficionado and master of ceremonies at Tuesday’s event.

“Part of the Hillside experience,” former Mayor Don Ness said of the Life Link III blades rotating overhead. Dylan is said to have lived in the home from 1941-47; Bushey said more and more people from around the globe incorporate the home into their trek to Hibbing to see w the singer-songwriter spent his formative years sharpening his legendary sensibilities prior his breakthrough.

Duluth’s Judy Mitchell wore a wide-brim hat with a drawstring under her chin and a Dylan T-shirt to Tuesday’s gathering.

“I’m honored to be part of the Bob Dylan legacy,” he said.

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