Area’s Brush With Prince Remembered
Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:15 AM
The area’s history with the film “Purple Rain” and its star will be featured in Prince memorial on KSTP news (Ch. 5).
Many people in Minnesota were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Prince Rogers Nelson at his home, Paisely Park, in Chanhassen last year. Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death.
He died April 21 from an overdose of Fentanyl, an opioid. Prince was 57.
In the year since his death, Henderson residents were among those who shared their stories and memories of the pop star, especially about the few scenes in Prince’s 1984 film “Purple Rain” which were filmed in Henderson.
Last Tuesday, April 11, a crew from KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News was in Henderson to shoot some footage of the “Purple Rain” sites. Reporter Joe Mazan spoke to city officials about scenes and the filming process. The segment is set to air at 10 p.m. tonight (April 19).
“This will be an overall piece about how Prince affected this small, Minnesota town by filming “Purple Rain” here,” Mazan said.
Several scenes of Prince riding his motorcycle featured Henderson farmland including Arnold Brethke’s farm, Doloris Nagel’s farm, and Darlene Boehne’s farm.
The scene where Prince’s costar Apollonia Kotero jumped into “Lake Minnetonka” was also filmed outside of Henderson. Kotero actually jumped into the Minnesota River.