BALSAM LAKE, Wis. - The son of a prominent retired St. Paul business executive and philanthropist is dead after a motorcycle crash in western Wisconsin Saturday.
The Polk County Sheriff's department says John "Mickey" Nasseff, 68, was killed when his motorcycle went off the road on 120th Avenue just east of the intersection with 130th Street near Balsam Lake just before 1 p.m.
Nasseff is the son of John Nasseff, a well known philanthropist who made his fortune as a top executive at West Publishing.
Investigators believe Nasseff was riding eastbound on 120th when his 1992 Harley Davidson left the road. They say Nasseff overcorrected and lost control of the bike, causing the machine to go down on its right side and flip. Nasseff and a female passenger, 53-year-old Beth Holmgren of Oakdale, were both ejected.
Nasseff died at Amery Regional Medical Center from head injuries. Neither he nor his passenger was wearing a helmet.
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