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North Dakota man plows Prince’s symbol in farm field

Gene Hanson, a retired farmer in Edgeley, North Dakota, plowed Prince's symbol in his cornfield last week. | Gene Hanson via AP

EDGELEY, N.D. — A retiree in a tiny community in North Dakota has paid tribute to Prince in perhaps the most unique way a farmer can.

Gene Hanson, a retired farmer in Edgeley, always liked the song “Purple Rain.” On Friday, he hopped on his tractor and plowed a football field-size version of the late musician’s symbol into his cornfield.

The 75-year-old said he found an image of the symbol on the Internet. He put it on his tractor’s dash and followed the pattern. When he had finished, he got on his airplane to check it out. He couldn’t believe that it had turned out so well.

The tribute is only temporary. Hanson said the field was seeded Monday.

Prince died on April 21 in suburban Minneapolis at 57.