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HIBBING, Minn. — The woman rumored to be the subject of Bob Dylan's song "Girl from the North Country" died last week in California, according to friends and Dylanophiles. Echo Star Casey, nee Helstrom, was in her late 70s and had lived in California for years, though she stayed in touch with her Hibbing roots. It was as a teenager in the Iron Range city when Casey — described as "striking" with white-blonde hair and dark eye makeup, the Brigitte Bardot of Hibbing — dated the eccentric folk singer, then a classmate at Hibbing High School.
DULUTH, Minn. — It might have taken eight years, but eventually Josh Rude made good on his engagement present to his wife Natalie Salminen Rude: a canoe paddle. They had met as canoe guides working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the late 1990s and had, during business hours, settled for any old paddle. For the gift, they were looking for something light with a double bent shaft, something beautiful. But nothing they found in stores was quite right, size or style-wise. Time passed, paddle-less.
DULUTH — After Kat Perkins was eliminated from season 6 of "The Voice," she took a quick break to decompress. The Minneapolis-via-North Dakota musician got much-needed sleep and ate real meals. But after a week, the rock 'n' roller was back in the studio. "I wanted to write a song and record a song that still had all these raw emotions," she said.
DULUTH, Minn. — If you ask Bill Pagel, he will say there is no chance that Bob Dylan would stop by his childhood home in Duluth's Central Hillside on his birthday. No way. "This would be the last place on earth he would be," said Pagel, a Dylan memorabilia collector who has owned the duplex since 2001. "During Dylan Fest?"
The motivator SUPERIOR, Wis.—Megan Wilson went to bed at the end of the week confident that the 3,000-step advantage she had on her coworkers at Re/Max here would be enough to win the inner-office challenge. She was wrong.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Matthew Johnson's trip to the site of the Super Bowl was born of Pepsi-marinated chicken and a cabbage slaw that simmered in Sierra Mist. The Duluth-raised chef-in-training and his partner, Cullen Folks of Atlanta, advanced to the Game Day Grub Match after competing in a challenge that asked cooking school students to create Super Bowl party fare using PepsiCo products.