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Published December 29 2012

Oil boom puts stress on western ND postal service

MINOT, N.D. — Rapid growth in western North Dakota's oil fields has put stress on postal service in the area.

The Minot Daily News reports that the U.S. Postal Service has struggled to provide adequate staffing for post office in some oil-boom towns where populations have grown substantially in recent years. That has led to complaints about long lines at post office windows, late mail, returned mail and undelivered mail.

Gretchen Stenehjem with First International Bank in Watford City says businesses are having problems in getting mail in a timely manner.

Pete Nowacki, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Minneapolis, says staffing is a huge issue for post offices in the area. He says it's difficult to get additional staff to keep up with the growth.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.