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By Don Ogle 

Sidney brothers set to close long-time business


Don Ogle / Sun-Telegraph Editor

Concrete culverts frame an idle road grader in the yard at Nienhueser Construction and Excavating south of Sidney. After 70 years, the company, a fixture in the community, is preparing to halt operations.

For 69 years, Nienhuesers have been working on, in, and above the soil in the southern Panhandle.

But in its 70th year, Nienhueser Construction and Excavating will cease to exist, as aging family members, unable to sell the business as a whole, have decided to close the business.

In April the bulldozers, graders and loaders will park for the last time, waiting for new owners to claim them through an online auction service, Big Iron Internet Auctions.

The company was founded in 1947 by Cliff Nienhueser, who was joined by sons Dave, Keith and Dennis as they became old enough. Now the sons, al...

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