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Beatrice grain elevator coming down in smashing fashion

October 26, 2017

BEATRICE — The grain elevator that sits just south of downtown Beatrice is slowly being brought to the ground.

On Monday, crews from Lottman Excavating in Beatrice started swinging the wrecking ball that will eventually mean the end of the 80-foot structure that was constructed in 1950.

Dull thuds could be heard and felt throughout downtown Beatrice as a crane swung a heavy, forged-steel wrecking ball into the reinforced concrete sides of the elevator. Chunks of cement and debris hit the ground below as cars passed by on U.S. 77.

A large group of onlookers gathered near the Chief Standing Bear Trail as the wrecking ball smashed through the walls of the six-chambered grain elevator, sending columns of white dust into the air.

The winds were strong Monday, and even stronger Tuesday, and gnarled, 15-foot sections of rebar could be heard swaying against the sides of the structure. Even with winds reaching 25 mph, crews were still working to bring down the structure.

“We’re hoping to be done by the end of the week,” said Tim Lottman of Lottman Excavating.