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Auction for Noyes customs office extended

Former Customs and Immigration Border Station at Noyes, Minn. Photo courtesy of General Services Administration.

The online auction of the former U.S. Customs and Immigration Station in Noyes, Minn., has been extended two weeks.

Bidding originally had been scheduled to end this past Monday.

The bidding period was extended to allow prospective bidders time to respond to the most recent real estate advertising efforts by the federal General Services Administration, which owns the property, according to GSA spokeswoman Gina Gilliam.

Bidding started May 2 at $5,000. As of Tuesday, the highest bid was $30,000, with four bidders on the board.

The Noyes port of entry, located about 80 miles north of Grand Forks, closed in 2006. However, the Border Patrol continued to occupy the building until 2011, when it moved its operations to Pembina, N.D., where it currently shares the U.S. Customs House with customs agents.

A new 30,000-square-foot Border Patrol station is under construction in Pembina, but it likely will not be ready until late fall, according to Christopher Misson, chief Customs and Border Protection officer in Pembina.

The former Noyes station, built in 1931, is comprised of a two-story administration building with a one-story garage wing affixed on either side.

The administration building features a truncated hipped roof, and the roofs upon the garage wings are hipped, according to GSA. Both structures feature a concrete foundation, and are wood framed with English Bond brick cladding across all components of the buildings. The improvements are designed in a Colonial Revival design that is informed by Georgian influences.

Bidding on the property is scheduled to end at 2 p.m. CDT Aug 1. However, if a high bid is placed within 24 hours of that deadline, the auction will continue for 24 additional hours, until no more bids are received, according to Gilliam.

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Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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