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Bob Dylan's old Dinkytown guitar store gets new life

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On Wednesday night, Bob Dylan will take to the stage at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. He's well-known for his Minnesota roots, and a Dinkytown music store he used to haunt will soon get a new life.

The place still holds a special spot in Dylan's heart. The native of Hibbing, Minn., spent a good portion of his past at the shop while studying at the University of Minnesota before he moved to New York and became an American icon.

The store was set to close for good at the end of June, but it's now getting a new lease on life.

Inside, it's not unusual for owner Jim Tordoff to play his favorite Dylan tracks -- but he's not just a fan. He now owns the store where Dylan bought the guitar he used to play "Tangled Up in Blue."

"It's a venerated name. It's an institution in this area," Tordoff told FOX 9 News. "I worked there when I was younger and it's a thrill to be part of it again."

In the 1950s and 60s, Dylan bought guitar strings at The Podium in Dinkytown. At the time, he lived above Grey's Drug Store, which is now the Loring Pasta Bar.

Later this summer, the Podium and several businesses on the same block will be torn down because a developer bought the property and plans to build an apartment complex in their place.

"A lot of that history will be gone," David Roos said. "You just won't be able to see it. It's going to look so different."

Even after he hit it big, Dylan returned to the Podium in the early 70s to buy the guitar he used to re-record half the songs on his classic album "Blood on the Tracks" with musicians in Minnesota.

"It quickly became legend, and I was lucky enough to fall into it and become a part of it," Tordoff said.

At the time, Tordoff was working at the store and got to hang out with Dylan and company in the studio. So, when he heard the store was closing, he decided to buy it so he could merge it with Guitar Rodeo.

"They have a better selection of nicer guitars," he explained. "When I spoke with the owner, we decided it was better for it to live on here."

Although Dylan hasn't been back to the Podium in 40 years, Tordoff said he is glad the Minnesota music institution will stand for years to come.

"The podium was good for providing a place for people to come and exchange ideas," he said. "It's good that it goes on."

Tordoff told FOX 9 News he is in the process of changing his store into the new Podium, and says it should be finished by next week.

Coincidentally, Dylan's son, Jacob, is also in town. He performed at Myth nightclub on Tuesday night with this band, The Wallflowers, and The Counting Crows.

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