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In this Friday, April 29, 2016 photo provided by Gene Hanson, a corn field in Edgeley, N.D., shows the symbol of the late megastar Prince. The retired farmer Hanson, who always liked the song “Purple Rain,” plowed the football-size symbol Friday. He then got in his airplane and took a photo of the temporary tribute to Prince who died April 21, at age 57, at his suburban Minneapolis compound. (Gene Hanson via AP)

Purple Grain: ND man plows Prince’s symbol in farm field

EDGELEY, N.D. (AP) — 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 is a retired farmer in Edgeley who always liked the song “Purple Rain.” On Friday, he hopped on his tractor and plowed on a football field-size version of the late musician’s symbol into his corn field.

The 75-year-old says he found an image of the symbol on the Internet. He put it on his tractor’s dash and followed the pattern. When done, 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 says the field was seeded Monday.

Prince died April 21 in suburban Minneapolis at age 57.

Related news: Prince’s 1990s band plans tribute concerts in Minneapolis

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