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Published May 21, 2012, 07:15 PM

Lake Region Residents Not Happy With Mail Processing Center Closure

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region residents aren't happy that the Postal Service is shipping its mail processing out of town.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region residents aren't happy that the Postal Service is shipping its mail processing out of town.

The change cuts service to Devils Lake as well as jobs at the local post office. Local residents say the service cuts will be more than just a minor inconvenience for the entire Lake Region.

The Postal Service's decision to shut down processing in Devils Lake effectively kills next-day delivery in the Lake Region, which worries regular customers.

"I use the post office every day," postal customer Susan Kjelland said.

Everything from magazines to bills will arrive at least a day later. The change affects everything, including time-sensitive packages.

"But my mother does, you know, she gets medication comes through the Postal Service here, so I'd imagine it affect her," customer Brian Pederson said.

Postal cuts were originally announced in February, but Congress delayed the plans in order to come up with another way for the postal service to save money.

"That gave us a ray of hope because Senator Hoeven and Senator Conrad had hoped that they could get some input, and they may change their viewpoint on this," Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson said.

But the Postal Service went forward with plans last week after Congress couldn't come up with a compromise.

"Sounds like typical Congress, dragging their feet, not getting things done in time," Pederson said.

The closing will eliminate two jobs at the Devils Lake post office and have wide-reaching effects.

"The city of Devils Lake draws a clientele from a lot of miles out. Our nearest big town out is Grand Forks," Kjelland said.

Grand Forks is where Devils Lake mail will now be processed. While that change doesn't sit well in Devils Lake, locals say the Postal Service is too important not to use.

"I suppose it won't change how often I use the post office because it's what we have here, but a person would have to plan better ahead of time," Kjelland said.

The Devils Lake processing center is just one of 140 the Postal Service plans to close and all 140 of those will be closed by next February.

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