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Postal cuts meant to help small towns may still hurt

October 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

While the latest plan means more post offices will remain open, the reductions could erode a service that many in small towns have come to rely upon. Some experienced employees, for example, have departed. Continue Reading

Cheaper junk mail? Newspapers decry USPS plan

August 15, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its rates for one of the nation’s top direct marketing companies, a move that threatens the newspaper industry’s biggest money-maker: the Sunday advertising bundle. Continue Reading

OPINION: We can save the USPS

August 14, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The outside of the Old City Post Office in Washington, now home to the National Postal Museum, bears a noble inscription to the mail: “Bond of the Scattered Family/ Enlarger of the Common Life/ Carrier of News and Knowledge/ Instrument of Trade and Industry.” Continue Reading

Watford City postmaster works to keep up with pace of booming city

July 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Watford City has added 1,240 post office boxes in the past six months, including 720 that will be ready this week after the post office sacrificed some mail sorting space to make room for the new boxes. “It never seems to slow down. When you’re not working the window, you’re helping sort mail. When you’re not helping sort mail, you’re trying to send out reports and answer e-mails,” said Postmaster Jason Hirst. “It’s just crazy.” Continue Reading

Hours unchanged at Dickinson post office; Dunn Center USPS facing hour reduction

May 22, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Hours will remain the same although Dickinson post office officials say they have experienced an increase in business as the population has grown. Continue Reading

SD’s delegation welcomes new Postal Service proposal

May 10, 2012 in The Daily Republic

South Dakota’s congressional delegation welcomed the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement Wednesday that it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours.
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Postal Service: Rural post offices will remain open, but with shorter hours

May 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. Continue Reading

Postal Service to consolidate mail processing centers in Minnesota

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Postal Service has announced which mail processing operations it will consolidate as it teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. The Postal Service said today that in Minnesota, it will move processing from Duluth and Rochester to St. Paul and processing operations in St. Cloud, Mankato and Bemidji to Minneapolis. Continue Reading

U.S. mail processing centers in Devils Lake, Minot to be relocated

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Postal Service’s Customer Service Mail Processing Center in Grand Forks will remain open. The Devils Lake operation will move to Grand Forks, while the processing center in Minot will move to the Bismarck Processing and Distribution Center. No dates have been set for the changes. Continue Reading

Post office: $18 billion loss without cuts, rate increase

February 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mired in red ink, the U.S. Postal Service is warning it will lose as much as $18.2 billion a year by 2015 unless Congress grants it new leeway to eliminate Saturday delivery, slow first-class mail by one day and raise the price of a postage stamp by as much as 5 cents. Continue Reading