Generations of land specialists

Generations of land specialists

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

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(Bloomington, MN)—In a complete surprise to him, the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association announced Saturday night the induction of Dale Fladeboe, of Willmar, into the Minnesota Auctioneers Hall of Fame.

Each year Minnesota auctioneers gather for their annual conference, and the Hall of Fame winner is announced at the end of the convention at their evening dinner event.   The announcement was made by last year’s Hall of Fame winner, Al Wessel, a champion livestock auctioneer from Long Prairie, MN. 

“We live in a world in which you need contracts to do business, and I have done business with this man myself, and I can tell you that with him you do not need a contract, his handshake is as good as gold,” Wessel said when announcing that Fladeboe had been chosen.

According to the Auctioneer’s Association, the Hall of Fame award was created to honor individuals who have demonstrated honesty, high ethical standards, a willingness to share with others, a high standing in his or her community and the Minnesota State Auctioneers, and made significant contributions to the auction profession.   The decision of who is chosen is made by current Hall of Fame auctioneers who gather each year and select a new inductee.

Fladeboe, who lives on a farm north of Willmar, MN with his wife Grace, went to the World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1978 and soon after began conducting farm, antique and real estate auctions.  Now in its second generation, Fladeboe owns the business – Fladeboe Auctions - with his children, and the company specializes in agricultural farmland and benefit auctions.  In 2014, Fladeboe Auctions sold farmland across Minnesota and conducted 260 benefit auctions throughout the country, raising $17.2 million dollars for non-profit organizations. 

In accepting the award, Fladeboe thanked his wife and children and credited Abner Jacobson, a Hall of Fame auctioneer from Benson, MN who gave Fladeboe a start in the business and was instrumental in teaching him the fundamentals of salesmanship and how to run a successful auction company.

“I also want to express a heartfelt thank you to all of the families who have hired me over these 36 years.” Fladeboe said.  “The auction business has seen so many changes - from the toughest of times selling farm foreclosures during the farm crisis of the early 80’s, to now seeing these high farmland values – it has been a remarkable three decades and I feel grateful to be a part of it.”    

Fladeboe also praised the work of the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association and those who have volunteered their time to advance the profession and help the careers of others.      

 “As much as this honor is about the past, I am excited about the future.  I love working with my children and it looks like 2015 will be one of our busiest years yet with our farmland auctions.  In the coming year I also plan to help the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association by promoting the auction method of marketing across Minnesota,” Fladeboe said.