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New post office opens for business in Watford City

Watford City's new Post Office houses nearly 3,000 P.O. boxes and 16 sections of parcel lockers. Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press 1 / 3
The new facility is more than double the size of the previous building, and is complete with two retail counters and P.O. boxes available to rent. Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press 2 / 3
A new post office opened in Watford City last fall. Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press3 / 3

WATFORD CITY—Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps the post office from doing its job, but now residents in Watford City have a brand new spot to pick up their packages and letters.

On Sept. 25, the Watford City Post Office opened for business at its new location, 1204 4th Ave. NE. The new facility is more than double the size of the previous building, which was near the downtown area, and is complete with two retail counters and P.O. boxes available to rent.

The new location provides more parking space for customers and capacity for 10 postal carrier routes. The 9,000-square-foot building houses nearly 3,000 P.O. boxes and 16 sections of parcel lockers.

"The new office is meeting the needs of the United States Postal Service customers living in the Watford City community," Darla Swanson, with the U.S. Postal Service, said in an email to The Press.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said the expanded facility will help Watford City and the postal service. The new location was announced in 2016.

"Watford City's expanded postal facility will help to meet the needs of the community and provide better service for residents and businesses now and into the future," Hoeven said in a press release in September.

Debra Brost, the manager of post office operations for part of western North Dakota, said the increased space is a benefit.

"It's wonderful," she said. "It has so much more room than the old one, so we can provide much better service to our customers. They have better access and better parking."

Brost added that the new facility has also been a plus for staff.

"I think it's been going really well," Brost said. "... We've gotten really good feedback from the public on the new facility so I'm really happy about that. There's much more work for our team in the back, so it was a good move for us."

Brost said there is also a contract postal unit inside Cashwise in Watford City, which allows customers a second location to send off mail during the day.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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