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No controversy as House overwhelmingly OKs bill to rename highway after Prince

Holding up a copy of the proposed sign design, and wearing an apt color, Rep. Lucy Rehm discusses HF717, a bill to rename a segment of Highway 5 as “Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.” The bill passed 121-0 Friday. (Photo by Catherine Davis)
Holding up a copy of the proposed sign design, and wearing an apt color, Rep. Lucy Rehm discusses HF717, a bill to rename a segment of Highway 5 as “Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.” The bill passed 121-0 Friday. (Photo by Catherine Davis)

Sometimes it snows in April. Sometimes highway signs are purple.

Legislators saw firsthand the truth of Prince’s words on a chilly, overcast Friday before voting overwhelmingly in support of the “Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.” Purple signs would be mandated to mark the proposed designation.

Sponsored by Rep. Lucy Rehm (DFL-Chanhassen), HF717 would name a 7-mile stretch of Highway 5 in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen after Minnesota’s musical icon.

Supported by purple-clad legislators of both parties, the bill passed the House 121-0 Friday – the seventh anniversary of Prince’s death – and next goes onto the Senate.

Minnesota House passes HF717, bill to rename stretch of Hwy. 5 in honor of Prince 4/21/23

“Prince brought people together not only through his music, but through his advocacy of public library access, education, civil rights, and more,” Rehm said in a statement following the bill’s earlier approval by the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. “It’s a tremendous privilege to work with Minnesotans and all the advocates to recognize and honor Prince’s contributions to our state, our country, and the world.”

The “Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway” would run from west from Mitchell Road in Eden Prairie to Highway 41 in Chanhassen, past Prince’s former home and studio, Paisley Park, which is now open to the public.

The bill would also alter the Augie Mueller Memorial Highway honoring the former legislator by moving its eastern border to Highway 41 rather than its current Highway 101. Conversations with Mueller’s family indicated they are amenable to the change in one section of the road.

“We want to keep that highway in his name, but we wanted to designate a section for Prince,” Rehm said.

Private parties have raised the approximately $3,000 needed to pay for the signs and have committed to help pay for maintenance. Purple signs would deviate from standard white on brown prescribed by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Sen. Julia Coleman (R-Waconia) said during a Senate Transportation Committee hearing in February she doesn’t believe this would set a precedent, because there isn’t a precedent quite like that of Prince.


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