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Longtime auctioneer honored at national Hall of Fame

FARGO — Tony Heinze has perfected his quick-fire rhythmic chant over the past 47 years.

The auctioneer picked up the skill, he said, because, “I was 21 years old, and I was tired of leaning on a shovel.”

Heinze, of Heinze-Trottier-Parkman Auction Service, was recently inducted into the World Wide College of Auctioneering Hall of Fame in Mason City, Iowa.

He said the induction is like a lifetime achievement award.

Heinze is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the North Dakota Auctioneers Association. He also founded the Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneers Contest, which rotates between North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. The original contest was held in West Fargo in 1989, he said.

Heinze, who also farms near Dazey, and does custom corn and hay chopping, has won a number of auctioneering awards. He also has been inducted into the North Dakota Auctioneering Association Hall of Fame.

Heinze served as president and on the board of directors of the association and said he has never missed a convention.

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