Minnesota Highway To Be Renamed In Honor Of Prince

Minnesota lawmakers recently voted in favor of a bill to name a highway after late pop superstar Prince.

The Senate voted 55-5 to rename the highway that runs past Prince’s Paisley Park museum and studios. Prince’s oldest sister Sharon Nelson was among those who watched the proceedings.

The bill passed the House unanimously last month on the seventh anniversary of Prince’s death and now goes to Governor Tim Walz for his signature.

The purple signs will be going up on a seven-mile stretch of State Highway 5 in the Minneapolis suburbs of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie, and the stretch will now be named Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.

According to the lead sponsor Republican Senator Julia Coleman of Waconia, Prince’s friends and fans are footing the bill.

“Prince was a true genius, a visionary artist who pushed the boundaries of music and cultures in ways that will never be forgotten,” Coleman told her fellow senators. “His influence can be heard in the work of countless musicians who came after him, and his legacy continues to inspire new generations of artists to this day.”

Prince lived most of his life in Paisley Park and did his recordings there. He died in Paisley Park on April 21, 2016, of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

His estate runs a museum in the 65,000-square-foot complex in Chanhassen. The complex also houses an event venue and a recording studio.

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