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Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway sign goes up in Chanhassen

Fans gather as Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway sign goes up
Fans gather as Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway sign goes up 02:01

CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- Minnesota's most famous musician is now honored in the city he called home for years.

A new highway sign memorializes Prince on the road that rolls right past Paisley Park.  


It's hard to miss the dedication sign, because it is, of course, purple. Along a 7-mile stretch of Highway 5 in Chanhassen drivers can see two signs on each direction saying they are on Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.

A small group gathered Thursday morning as the Minnesota Department of Transportation raised the sign and permanently put it in the ground.

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Those who came to watch included some of Prince's siblings, friends and state leaders who helped get the bill passed to legally change the name of the stretch of highway.

Prince's spirit shined brightly, especially for some lucky tourists from North Carolina who were visiting Paisley Park when this dedication happened.

"The universe was conspiring on our behalf so we could be here for this," said Mia Lamotte.

Prince's oldest sister Sharon Nelson spoke about the meaning of the sign and what she hopes people do as they drive this highway.

"You know Prince's DNA is all up and down this highway, right? For so many years, he really was," she said. "And we're going to remember every time we pass this way every great song he ever made. 'Purple Rain,' number one, that is his signature tune. And we're going to remember them every time we pass this highway."

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Your tax dollars did not pay for these signs. They were a private purchase by a man named Mark Webster, a Paisley Park employee who is close to the family and singer.

"This is my job," Webster said. "I never worked for him but I think I'm working for him now, so I'm trying to do the best I can in his honor to make things right."

MNDOT is asking drivers not to pull over on the highway to take pictures. There is trail access next to Paisley Park where you can easily get a picture of the new Prince signs in a safe way.

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