Auction of former North Dakota missile site falls short

North Dakota missile site

An underground bunker of a Cold War Minuteman missile site in North Dakota shows a launch control panel. Image courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An auction of a former missile site in northeastern North Dakota fell short of the hoped-for price Tuesday.

Over 70 bidders were registered online to bid on the 50-acre, double-fenced, Cold War-era site near Fairdale. Leslie Volochenko of Mandan bought the property in 2012 and put it up for sale since he hopes to move to Texas.

Dave Keller of Pifer’s Auction & Realty conducted the auction but says the highest bidder fell short of the nearly half-million-dollar price Volochenko hoped to get.

Keller said they are negotiating with the highest bidder, who is a man from North Dakota, and hope to strike a deal by the end of the week.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the site includes a command bunker and 14 missile launch tubes.


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