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Willmar woman wins national auctioneer award

WILLMAR -- A Willmar woman is the top female auctioneer in the country after competing at the National Auctioneers Association's annual conference over the weekend.

Kristine Fladeboe-Duininck, 36, won the title Friday night of 2010 International Auctioneer Champion, edging out 22 other female auctioneers from across the country at the association's annual conference in Greensboro, N.C. The international competition also included female auctioneers from Canada and South Africa.

During the competition, auctioneers were judged by a panel of peer judges on interviewing and bid-calling skills including presentation, chant, voice quality, body language and other elements of effective auctioneering.

Fladeboe-Duininck, who is a partner in her family's business, Fladeboe Auctions based in Minneapolis and Willmar, will receive $5,000 for winning the contest and will serve as a national ambassador for the organization.

"I found my professional passion when I became an auctioneer, and I look forward to representing auctioneers from across the country in this position in the coming year," said Fladeboe-Duininck in a news release.

Her father, Dale, started Fladeboe Auctions in 1978 in Willmar.

Fladeboe-Duininck now owns the company with her father and two siblings, Glen and Kimberly, who are all professional auctioneers.

Fladeboe-Duininck specializes in selling farms by real estate auction and conducting fundraising auctions, raising money for more than 125 Minnesota nonprofits each year at benefit events. In 2009, the company raised more than $4.8 million dollars for Minnesota nonprofits.

"I am a farm kid who loves to put on blue jeans and sell a farm, and I also love being at black-tie gala events in downtown Minneapolis raising money for our nonprofits," said Fladeboe-Duininck.

"The auction business is a unique profession where you can bring people together to maximize competition and get top dollar for a farm or raise critical revenue to support our nonprofits."

-- Staff reports