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Published February 23, 2012, 07:37 PM

Devils Lake Mail Processing Center to Close

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - After a five month study, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to close the mail processing center in Devils Lake.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - After a five month study, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to close the mail processing center in Devils Lake.

That means mail from Devils Lake will be sent to Grand Forks for processing, essentially killing off single-day delivery in the Lake Region.

Even though the number of letters passing through the post office is dropping, nearly everyone will feel effects from closing the processing center.

"We're here in rural North Dakota and the actual decisions are made in a larger processing area," Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Director Rich Brueckner said.

Brueckner says Thursday's decision was expected, but that doesn't make it any easier to accept. Two jobs will disappear from the Devils Lake post office.

"For us, a small community like we are, losing two families out of our community is tragic," Brueckner said.

The Postal Service says it collects 25 percent less first class mail than in 2006.

"Well just besides the occasional 'come to our college' or letter from a school, not very often," student Paige Longie said.

Electronic communication has drastically changed the system.

"Instead of mailing them off in paper form, I could send it over just an email, and it'll be that much faster," Longie said.

Brueckner hopes the changes will bring the post office out of the red, and raise the possibility of expanding services once again.

"I'm hoping that as time rolls on and the post office becomes more viable, that this door isn't completely closed," Brueckner said.

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