Senators announce postal improvements for state

GRAND FORKS U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven announced Monday that the U.S. Postal Service will be introducing Mobile Point of Sale devices in six locations across North Dakota this week.

“The mPOS devices will improve customer service, which is our top priority,” Hoeven said in a prepared statement. “I remain committed to continuing working with the Postal Service to ensure that North Dakotans are receiving the best possible service.”

The developments are meant to lessen delivery times and other slow effects of postal service in the state that over 100 residents had complained of in stories submitted to Heitkamp’s “Fix My Mail” effort and other means. She brought those concerns to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

“The commitments I received from Postmaster General Donahoe are critical for folks across the state and I will keep pressing USPS to continue to follow through so that all the hard-working North Dakotans I hear from every day have the mail delivery and services they deserve,” Heitkamp said in a prepared statement.

Hoeven hosted Donahoe in Williston to hear from local business and community leaders and local postal employees about challenges to mail delivery in the region. Donahoe committed then to finding a location in northern Williston to open a new facility.

In addition to locations in Bismarck, Dickinson and Fargo, the mPOS devices will be unveiled at 117-5th Ave. SW in Minot, 212-2nd St. NE in Watford City and 120 E. Broadway in Williston.