Postal Service's infrastructure in western North Dakota isn't set up to
deal with the amount of people in the Bakken, and it's creating chaos
in towns like Williston and Watford City. And the problems people are having with mail service hasn't gone unnoticed in Washington, D.C. Senator John Hoeven and the Postmaster General were in Williston today
to talk about some changes coming to the mail system in oil country.
North Dakota is different from the rest of the country in many ways.
Post offices being too busy is one example, and officials have been
trying to come up with solutions to make sure the mail system is
"You have to think outside the box, and do things necessary to
continue, as a city we a provide a service as well, you just got to
think outside the box," says Williston Mayor Ward Koeser.
General Patrick Donahoe says the Postal Service is going to fix the
mail problems in western North Dakota, and he's going to start by
opening a second post office in Williston.
"It will be for P.O. Boxes, window service, and will probably put an
automated postal center in there, so that a person can actually mail
things out 24 hours a day," says Donahoe.
He says it will most likely be somewhere north of town. Another problem
the city is facing, in terms of mail, are the number of new apartment
"What we will do, is we'll work with you to establish delivery, in what
we call NDCBU, it's like a cluster box type of delivery," adds
hopes to use a new style of cluster boxes that are able to take
packages, too. Rural areas were also talked about at the meeting.
The greater impact of this has been in the rural areas. We have almost
the homestead act being reenacted right now," says Williams County
Commission Chair Dan Kalil.
Hoeven says Donahoe is a businessman and will make sure everyone gets their mail.
"There's a real desire to find ways to meet these needs, and so, we want
to do everything we can to help make that happen," says Hoeven.
is also planning changes for the post office in Watford City. He wants
to work on the addressing system so mail can be sent out, rather than
residents coming to pick their mail up.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.