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Aasness Auctioneers take top honors at state conference

The Fergus Falls-based United Country Aasness Auctioneers team received several top honors during the recent Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Conference and Show held in Minneapolis.

In the showcase Auctioneer Championships event, Tammy Tisland and Cody Aasness were named as two of the top five Minnesota Champion Auctioneer finalists. The championships consist of a judged preliminary round of live selling along with a finals interview and a final round of selling.

Tisland, who operates out of the company’s Bemidji office, has finished as a top five finalist three times and placed third in Minnesota’s premier auctioneer championship event. Aasness, who was named last year’s 2013 Rookie Champion Auctioneer, placed fourth in the event.

Aasness is the son of Cary M. and Anita Aasness, the owners and founders of Aasness Auctioneers. Cary was the 1992 Minnesota Champion, 1997 All-Around Reserve World Champion, 1999 North Dakota Champion and 2005 International Champion Auctioneer.

In addition, Aasness Auctioneers received five top awards in the state association’s annual advertising and marketing contest, including awards for excellence in real estate/land, farm, commercial/industrial, specialty and antique marketing divisions.

The Minnesota State Auctioneers Association is comprised of and attended by many of the state’s leading auction companies, in addition to top companies from North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The annual conference and show features speakers, educational seminars and networking, along with auction-related events pertaining to the auction industry.

United Country Aasness Auctioneers, founded in 1985, has been serving the auction industry for nearly 30 years, conducting more than 6,000 auctions. The company is headquartered at the Red Horse Ranch Arena near Fergus Falls, and has satellite offices in Dalton and Bemidji, Minn., along with Pauls Valley, Okla.