About Sid Dinsdale

Sid Dinsdale grew up in Palmer, Nebraska working summers and evenings in the fields and feedlots of his family and farm. While his childhood was filled with the typical ups and downs of life in Nebraska, Sid also got to see and learn a bit about every facet of living and working in the state, thanks to his father and grandfather.

In the 1930s, Sid’s grandfather, George, was a rancher and farmer. After weathering the Great Depression, he was approached by local leaders with the idea of starting a bank in Palmer. And while George wasn’t at first enthusiastic about becoming a banker, he recognized the need. By 1940, the State Bank of Palmer was up and running.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Sid’s father and uncle helped grow the business, expanding the bank to communities around the state.

One of the unique qualities of a bank is that it touches and is impacted by everything that happens to the people it serves. And, so, Sid grew up learning about the families, farms and businesses of Nebraska around the family dinner table. He heard about the challenges and the successes and he grew up knowing the value of hard work and the happiness of serving the community.

After graduating from Palmer High School, Sid attended Hastings College for two years and then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he graduated with a degree in Finance. Sid has completed the President's Program in Leadership at Harvard University.

Sid began his professional career working in bank branches throughout the state, learning every aspect of the business, but more importantly, learning about each community.

In July of 1976, Sid married Dawn Schreurs. Dawn has been the love of Sid’s life for 37 years now. They have three children, daughters Alison and Paige and son Matt. Alison and her husband, J.R. Johnson, have two daughters. Paige is married to Brian Ritter. And Matt and his wife, Sheena, have one son, Graham. 

In 1994, Sid became President of Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc., a four-bank holding company which includes Pinnacle Bank-Nebraska.  Pinnacle Bank-Nebraska is the second largest family owned bank in the state. He serves on the boards of directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Methodist Hospital Foundation and Ameritas Life.

And while Sid’s family and career has grown over the past decades, one thing is still the same: The Dinsdale dinner table is still a place where life in Nebraska is discussed. Where the value of hard work and good works is still celebrated. And where it’s understood that strong Nebraska values can help build a stronger nation. That is why Sid Dinsdale and his family have decided to enter the Nebraska Senate race.

 

Minimum Wage Increase Would Make Minimum Sense

By Susan Williams
February 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Williams, (402) 676-2136
susan@sidforsenate.com

 

Sid Dinsdale called Friday for a rejection of the push to increase the minimum wage, saying “it makes minimum sense and would hurt young and struggling employees far more than it would help.”

A Congressional Budget Office estimate this week projected that a hike in the minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 could kill 1 million jobs.  Dinsdale, Republican candidate for Nebraska’s U.S. Senate seat, said “simple economics” show that an increase in price lowers demand. Forcing higher wages would cause employers to lay people off or not hire new workers, he said.
 
“Many small businesses are operating on a razor-thin margin as it is,” Dinsdale said. “If those businesses raise their prices to cover the additional labor costs, consumers will buy less, negatively impacting business. It will be the tipping point. Small businesses such as those across Nebraska won’t be able to survive.” 
 
Dinsdale indicated that he has seen the impact of government overreach in his own business as well as those of his customers across the state.  Many businesses are struggling because of government interference and this increase will only worsen the business climate.  That’s the polar opposite of what we want.”
 
Dinsdale said he will push for reduced taxes, a simplified tax code, and the elimination of burdensome regulations that prevent employers from creating good new jobs. He cited Obamacare and the EPA as examples of “job killers put in place by people who did not understand the impact of their actions.”
 
Dinsdale said, “The Obama approach to job creation is a proven failure and government overreach at its worst. Bad policies are why our small business startups are at an all-time low. You can’t throw money at the economy and create jobs. I’m still hopeful. American small businesses are the greatest economic engine in world history. If we could just get level-headed conservatives into the Senate and the White House, we could unleash that job-creating power again and succeed as never before.”

 

Dinsdale officially files for U.S. Senate run

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2/19/2014|KHASTV|Colin Murphy

Republican Sid Dinsdale officially filed with the state of Nebraska on Tuesday to run for U.S. Senate.

The farmer and businessman from Palmer says he intends to create public policies that will reduce what he called quote government overreach in Washington and put less Washington in Nebraska and more Nebraska in Washington.

At 61 years of age, Dinsdale has never run for political office. He is in the middle of a crowded field running for the seat that will be vacated by Mike Johanns.

In addition to Dinsdale, the Republicans running are Bart McLeay, Shane Osborn, and Ben Sasse. The Republican Primary is set for May 13th.

Democrat Dave Domina and independent Todd Watson are also in the race.

 

Dinsdale Disappointed by Pipeline Ruling

By Beth Kramer
February 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Williams, (402) 676-2136
susan@sidforsenate.com

 

U.S. Senate candidate Sid Dinsdale expressed his disappointment in the Keystone Pipeline court ruling Wednesday, calling it “a prime example of government overreach that threatens American business and industry.

Dinsdale said he is frustrated by "five years of bureaucratic delays by the Obama Administration" in the approval process for the pipeline.  “There is no reason, given the abundance of resources in our country, that America is not energy independent."

"America's energy policy must begin with energy independence as our primary goal," Dinsdale said. "Dependence on foreign oil is a threat to both our national security and our economic security. The Keystone project means more oil and more jobs for Americans.”

"For energy independence, we need a comprehensive energy policy. If we had leadership in Washington, America would not be tied to foreign oil." Dinsdale said.

"We've vested a dangerous amount of power in unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. We need people in Washington, D.C., who will take a pro-business, pro-jobs approach to energy policy." 

 

Minimum Wage Increase Would Make Minimum Sense

By Susan Williams
February 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Williams, (402) 676-2136
susan@sidforsenate.com

 

Sid Dinsdale called Friday for a rejection of the push to increase the minimum wage, saying “it makes minimum sense and would hurt young and struggling employees far more than it would help.”

A Congressional Budget Office estimate this week projected that a hike in the minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 could kill 1 million jobs.  Dinsdale, Republican candidate for Nebraska’s U.S. Senate seat, said “simple economics” show that an increase in price lowers demand. Forcing higher wages would cause employers to lay people off or not hire new workers, he said.
 
“Many small businesses are operating on a razor-thin margin as it is,” Dinsdale said. “If those businesses raise their prices to cover the additional labor costs, consumers will buy less, negatively impacting business. It will be the tipping point. Small businesses such as those across Nebraska won’t be able to survive.” 
 
Dinsdale indicated that he has seen the impact of government overreach in his own business as well as those of his customers across the state.  Many businesses are struggling because of government interference and this increase will only worsen the business climate.  That’s the polar opposite of what we want.”
 
Dinsdale said he will push for reduced taxes, a simplified tax code, and the elimination of burdensome regulations that prevent employers from creating good new jobs. He cited Obamacare and the EPA as examples of “job killers put in place by people who did not understand the impact of their actions.”
 
Dinsdale said, “The Obama approach to job creation is a proven failure and government overreach at its worst. Bad policies are why our small business startups are at an all-time low. You can’t throw money at the economy and create jobs. I’m still hopeful. American small businesses are the greatest economic engine in world history. If we could just get level-headed conservatives into the Senate and the White House, we could unleash that job-creating power again and succeed as never before.”

 

 

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