State’s highway signs to honor Prince
The late pop superstar Prince will have a highway named after him in his home state, following a vote by Minnesota lawmakers Thursday.
The Senate vote was 55-5 to rename the highway that runs past Prince’s Paisley Park museum and studios. Among those watching was his oldest sister, Sharon Nelson.
The bill passed the House unanimously April 21, the seventh anniversary of Prince’s death, and now goes to Gov. Tim Walz, who is expected to sign.
Purple signs will soon go up along a 7-mile stretch of State Highway 5 in the Minneapolis suburbs of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie — designating it the Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway. Prince’s friends and fans are footing the bill, said the lead sponsor, Republican Sen. Julia Coleman.
Paisley Park, where Prince lived and recorded, now draws visitors from around the world. Paisley Park is also where Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at age 57 in 2016.
Sharon Nelson told reporters her brother’s music will live forever and that his spirit “sneaks up on me sometimes.”
The idea to name the highway after Prince came three years ago from Mark Webster, a longtime friend of the pop star who works security at Paisley Park. He was among the fans who gathered at the Minnesota Capitol to celebrate the vote.
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In a ruling recently published, a Utah judge said attorneys for Paltrow and Terry Sanderson had agreed to drop the matter of Paltrow’s attorneys’ fees. District Court Judge Kent Holmberg’s final judgment did not detail why the matter of fees that Paltrow sought in her 2019 countersuit was dropped.
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Cunningham novel slated for January: The next novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, his first in a decade, is a family saga set in
New York City before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Random House recently announced that “Day” will be published in January. The novel takes place on three separate days in April, one each in the years 2019 to 2021.
In a statement, Cunningham calls the new book “a story about people dealing with something terrible, and it’s about survival, but more centrally it’s a story about love. … And love is most interesting when it has survived terrible tests.”
Cunningham’s “The Hours” won the Pulitzer for fiction in 1999 and was adapted into an Oscarwinning film of the same name.
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