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Not just Anna Nicole Smith.

Friday, February 9, 2007
Businessman Bruce Lien dies

RAPID CITY - Bruce Lien, who for more than 60 years was a partner in the prominent Rapid City Company, Pete Lien & Sons, died Thursday. He was 79.

Friends and associates remember Bruce Lien as a gentleman and businessman who enjoyed travel, conversation and a good joke.

Ron Wheeler of Deadwood, former South Dakotat sercretary of transportation, worked with Bruce Lien on business matters in the past four years.

"He was just a marvelous guy - good sense of humor, very ethical," Wheeler said. "He always had a smile on his face. An extremely nice gentleman."

In 1944, Bruce's father, Pete Lien, bought the old Black Hills Marble Quarry west of Rapid City and set up the partnership with sons Bruce and Chuck Lien called Pete Lien & Sons.

Over the years, Pete Lien & Sons became a broad-based mining and construction materials business. Headed by Bruce Lien's brother, Chuck Lien, Pete Lien & Sons is a broad-based corporation with interests in sand, crushed rock, concrete products, ready-mix concrete, steel, oil and gas, land development and other ventures.

Bruce Lien sold his share in teh family business one year ago, marking the end of an acrimonious family dispute that included a lengthy lawsuit.

In addition, Bruce Lien had interests in gambling and other ventures. In the 1990s, he was the primary shareholder in Concrde Gaming, based in Rapid City. A publicly traded company, Concorde operated cambling operations at various times in North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida and Colorado.

"He was a true gentleman in all of his appearances and utterances," said Dr. Ernest Schabauer, who met with Bruce Lien regular at the gathering, who died in 2005.

Lien was a regular at the three-times-a-week coffee club. "He always had a good, cool wit and in many ways, was most entertaining and enjoyable," Schabauer said.

Services are pending with Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel...
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