A Minnesota story

Photo by Tracy Walsh Photography
Photo by Tracy Walsh Photography

By the time Lou Nanne was 50 years old, he was retiring from one heck of a hockey career that took him on many adventures far and wide, on and off the ice.

In fact, the man had become a Minnesota legend in his own right by the time he reached that milestone birthday.

And yet, that life change wasn’t an end, but a new beginning. That was when Nanne launched his second career as a sales leader in the asset management business — a role he’s still enjoying to this day, including a heavy load of work-related travel.

And that’s on top of his philanthropic efforts to raise millions for the Gopher Athletics department at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.

Not bad for a guy who’s 75.

And that’s not all: Our Good Age Cover Star this month is shooting for a career hat trick with the recent opening of Lou Nanne’s, a new fine-dining establishment in Edina.

The American-style grill is Nanne’s first foray into the restaurant business with local restaurateur Mike McDermott, perhaps best know for his Rojo and Ling & Louie establishments in the Twin Cities.

Lou Nanne’s is filled with memorabilia, including a framed photo of him in his iconic green-and-gold North Stars jersey. (Oh, those were the days!)

Add to that family life — including three hockey-playing grandsons — and you’ve got quite a Minnesota story.

Our profile of Nanne is one of the many articles I’m excited about in this issue.

Check out our story on Lanesboro, a charming Minnesota town. I can’t wait to make my own escape there to take in the area’s biking trails, including a pit stop for pie.

In this issue, you’ll also find a brand-new occasional series in our Housing section — called Housing Spotlight — featuring new and interesting senior-housing options.

Whether you’re looking for housing for yourself or a loved one, these virtual tours will, I hope, give you a glimpse of just some of what’s out there for Minnesota seniors who are seeking their own new beginnings as they enter “older” age if not “old age” or, as we like to call it, the Good Age!