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Oakdale, Minn. man killed in Amery crash

Saturday's motorcycle crash occurred on a county road south of Hwy. 8 and east of Hwy. 46, near Amery.

A motorcycle crash near Amery Saturday afternoon claimed the life an Oakdale, Minn. man whose father is a well-known philanthropist and the name behind the John Nasseff Heart Center and Nasseff Neuroscience Center, associated with United Hospital in St. Paul.

Polk County authorities said Monday that John M. "Mickey" Nasseff, 68, was traveling eastbound on 120th Avenue just east of 130th Street about 1 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 1992 Harley Davidson, left the road and flipped, ejecting he and his passenger, Beth Holmgren, 53, also of Oakdale.

Both Nasseff and Holmgren were transported to Amery Regional Medical Center, where Nasseff died. Holmgren wsa subsequently transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where she was listed in fair condition late Monday, the Pioneer Press reported Tuesday.

Polk County Medical Examiner John Dinnies ruled that Nasseff died of head injuries sustained in the crash. Neither Nasseff nor Holmgren were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

Assisting Polk County Sheriff's deputies at the scene were Balsam Lake First Responders and Unity Ambulance Service.

Nasseff was the founder of Nasseff Mechanical Contractors of Oakdale, a firm launched in 1972.

The company's web site indicates the firm contracted to do the plumbing on the former West Publishing office facility in Eagan, Minn., a firm where his father served as an executive vice-president. In 2002, the firm moved to St. Paul and expanded in scope. Although the company subsequently took on other shareholders, Mr. Nasseff still maintained an active role.

Funeral services for Nasseff are set for Friday with O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home in St. Paul.