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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 2:19 pm | Updated: 11:01 pm, Mon Oct 7, 2013.

The downtown Yankton post office won’t be sold — at least not during the temporary government shutdown.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) site, where the Yankton property was listed, is not available because of the ongoing standoff in Washington.

“Auctions will continue after we return back to the office,” states William Morgan, a project manager with the GSA, in a voicemail message for callers.

He adds in the message that he is not able to take calls or return messages until the shutdown concludes.

According to the GSA website, auction closing dates will be extended based on the duration of the shutdown.

As of Sept. 17, online bidding for the Yankton post office was to close at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. The Press & Dakotan cannot say with certainty whether that date was changed prior to the shutdown.

The downtown Yankton post office was closed in January 2012 and put up for sale. Postal operations were consolidated into the annex at 506 West 25th Street. That facility was built in 2000.

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