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Jolene Jokela Veo is 2008 state champion auctioneer

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Jolene Jokela Veo, competing against the top men and women auctioneers in the state, has been chosen the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association's state champion, hauling home a trophy of gargantuan proportions.

Son Logan, 9, was confident in Mom's ability. "I knew you'd win," he told her.

Jokela Veo has 30 years' experience with a gavel, beginning as a clerk for her parents, Eddie and Lorraine Jokela, when she was 12 years old.

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