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Area residents see mail service improve

Postal delivery issues that have left residents of Eastside Estates wondering, “Where’s my mail?” appear finally to be resolving.

Eastside Estates resident Gwen Szablewski said this week that regular delivery has resumed recently and the backlog of missing mail is gradually getting delivered.

The subdivision south of Minot had received mail only one day between April 13 and May 1, prompting several contacts with the U.S. Postal Service and congressional offices. Sen. John Hoeven’s office contacted the Postal Service’s district office on behalf of residents, which prompted the USPS to send a supervisor to Minot to look into the situation.

Delivery remained sporadic at best in the weeks since, though, Szablewski said. Service improved with the return to work of the regular mail carrier, who had been absent on family leave, she said.

The Postal Service had responded in May that it was flexing its available resources to match the workload and was working to resolve issues. The Postal Service, like many employers, has been seeking to recruit workers in a tight labor market.

USPS advises people to sign up for Informed Delivery on its website to discover which pieces of mail they can expect to receive each day. Szablewski found Informed Delivery to be a valuable service and recommends postal customers sign up. She noted mail might at times take a little longer to arrive than indicated on Informed Delivery, but it is a useful tool for monitoring one’s mail.

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