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Published May 17, 2012, 04:54 PM

Devils Lake Mail Sorting Center to Close

(AP) — The mail processing center in Devils Lake is among the 140 slated for consolidation by February. Centers in Aberdeen and Pierre, SD, will also be consolidated.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

(AP) — The mail processing center in Devils Lake is among the 140 slated for consolidation by February.

Centers in Aberdeen and Pierre, SD, will also be consolidated.

Nearly 250 centers will close as the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service moves forward with a multibillion-dollar cost-cutting plan. The Postal Service on Thursday said it can no longer wait as Congress remains deadlocked over how to help.

Processing at Devils Lake, N.D., will shift to Grand Forks, N.D. Processing at Aberdeen and Pierre will shift to Huron.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the agency's mail processing network had simply become too big, given declining first-class mail volume and mounting debt.

It will now consolidate nearly 250 plants as originally proposed, including 48 this summer, but will stretch out the remainder in 2013 and 2014.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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