We applaud the U.S. Postal Service's decision to at least temporarily delay the closing and consolidating of more mail-processing centers around the country, including Minot's facility.
The change was to have taken effect Feb. 1, but the indefinite delay gives local officials and the state's congressional delegation more time to make a case to keep the Minot facility open.
We understand the Postal Service's attempts to consolidate facilities that perhaps overlap in service areas, but that certainly isn't the case in Minot. The city and the area around Minot continue to grow in population, and the western part of the state is still welcoming a constant flow of new residents. Closing the mail-processing facility in?Minot would only exacerbate the already existing problems faced by rural mail customers and those customers living in suddenly booming towns. Does anyone think the mail situation in Watford City or Ruso is the same as it was five years ago.
We trust that visits to western North?Dakota by high-ranking Postal Service officials, including Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Postal Service Western?Area Operations head Drew Aliperto, have begun to open eyes to the enormous and daunting challenges facing mail customers in this area.
The decision to delay the closing of the Minot facility and others is greatly encouraging, and we hope it leads to a permanent decision to remove the Minot facility from the list of closures and consolidations.