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Talkin Bob Dylan Blues


Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

Once again, the inspiration for what follows has come from a recent English assignment: a (gasp) ten-page research paper complete with note cards and parenthetical documentation. Two months ago, as my fellow advanced English classmates and I embarked on our research paper journey, we were advised by our teacher, Mrs. Breitenstein, to choose a topic we would find both interesting and informative. My first choice was none other than Minnesota native, Bob Dylan. I scoured the library and internet for information, but, to my own disappointment, soon realized that an enigma like Bobby would be too difficult for a ten-pager.

Now, most people know Bob as that whiney and raspy voiced guy who sings "Blowin in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Knockin on Heavens Door." Yet, anyone who is a fan of Dylan (whom I believe to be the greatest lyricist of all time) also knows that he is much, much more. Dylan was actually born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota. At eighteen he said goodbye to the mining town of Hibbing, and headed off to the University of Minnesota. However, he received little praise for his performances in the folk clubs of Dinkytown, so it was on to "New York Town" for Dylan and his guitar. Inspired by the rambling folksinger, Woody Guthrie, the blue-eyed, twenty-year old Bob was determined to make it big. Well, its been over forty years since Bob Dylan first graced the music scene and hes still an ever-present figure; this past September, just four months after his sixtieth birthday, Dylan released his forty-third album, Love and Theft.

Im proud to say that Ive grown up listening to Bob Dylan. I remember many a day spent playing Barbies while my mom jammed to the tunes of "Maggies Farm" and "Tangled Up in Blue." I also fondly look back on countless car rides as a child and early teen spent whining about having to listen to him again or doing embellished and exceedingly annoying impersonations of Bob until my mother was either forced to pull over or just turn the music up louder. It wasnt until my sophomore year that I began to truly appreciate Dylan for the creative genius that he is.

All of my dreams came true this summer when I got to see good ol Bobby in concert for the first time. It was at the grandstands of the Iowa State Fair that two of my friends and I were awed by the thumb-sized Dylan as he rocked out for a good ninety minutes. I received the privilege to see B .....
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The impertinence of being earnest

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, January 14, 2002

It has been brought to my attention that I may have, however inadvertently, stepped on some toes here and there over the years. It has always been my credo that knowledge should be shared and not locked up in some cran ..... 
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A Rant and a Rave

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, December 31, 2001

Last week, in this very paper, there appeared a quote from Garrison Keillor where he extolled the value of true newspapers: those that report crime, uncover scandal, and feature a few "irreverent columnists." This tr ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Lost

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

My hands clutch the steering wheel and the cord of the CB radio. My knuckles must be as white as the snow that imprisons me in my car. The strong competent voice of my husband comes over the radio: "Nan, where are you? ..... 
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Turtle Dreamtime

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, December 10, 2001

While long winter naps certainly seem appealing, a cold weather snooze lasting some five or six months is just a tad bit excessive. Factor in not a breath of fresh air or single bit ..... 
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Check out the heirlooms

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, January 7, 2002

Even in the midst of winter there is always something to say about gardening. It's time to check out those catalogs and order your seeds for this year's garden.

What is open pollinated?

Wha ..... 
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The Compass Never Tells the Truth

Fri, Jan 18th, 2002
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By Wayne PikeMonday, January 14, 2002

I am somewhat skeptical of those directional compasses that you buy to keep in the car. My grandfathers compass that he had in his 19 Ford was the last one that I knew of that worked properly, with the po ..... 
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What about Fillmore County?

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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story Published farm subsidies stir up debate, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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