Winner:Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan's mark on history is in some ways immeasurable. He gave a generation a voice and spurred them into political action. He revolutionized rock and roll and echoes of his influence can still be heard in modern popular music. But much of what Dylan was came from his humble beginnings in the North Country of Minnesota. The state is embedded in his legacy--its history of populist, liberal politics, its down-to-earth spirit. And Dylan himself has certainly left his mark here. The ghost of Dylan still haunts the vibrant Minneapolis music scene, and many local citizens remember him from his days at the University of Minnesota. For these reasons and many more, Dylan deserves his place among the 150 forces that shaped our great state.
~Michael Herman, Shoreview, MN

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