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Mail carriers work through the weather

JAMESTOWN, N.D.--Postal carriers for the U.S. Postal Service are some of the few who were out in the blizzard conditions last week and the cold and slippery conditions on Monday.

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JAMESTOWN, N.D.-Postal carriers for the U.S. Postal Service are some of the few who were out in the blizzard conditions last week and the cold and slippery conditions on Monday.

Gerard Bercier, Jamestown Post Office postmaster, said the carriers deliver as safely as they can in these conditions.

Pat Zimmerman said he has been a postal carrier for 10 or 11 years and walks 14 miles every day. Except for delivering packages in the morning, Zimmerman delivers all his mail on foot.

"You dress for it and get used to it," Zimmerman said about delivering in the winter conditions. "We help everybody out if people fall behind."

Zimmerman said the number of packages coming through started increasing in October and now, two weeks from Christmas, is really busy.

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A storm last week delayed some mail. Interstate 94 was closed from Dickinson to Fargo Tuesday morning, so the mail was unable to make it from Fargo that day, Bercier said. The post office was able to deliver parcels on Tuesday that it had received the day before, but no regular mail, Bercier said.

I-94 from Fargo to Jamestown was reopened Wednesday morning.

Two trucks brought mail to the Jamestown post office from Fargo on Wednesday, and the Postal Service used the rest of the week to catch up on deliveries, Bercier said.

Bad weather is more of a challenge around Christmas time because there are more parcels to be delivered, Bercier said.

"It's by far our busiest month, all hands on deck," Bercier said.

According to the U.S. Postal Service website, the service is projecting about 750 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, a 12 percent increase in volume from last year. The Postal Service predicts that Monday, Dec. 19, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day of the year.

UPS Inc. is expecting a record seasonal delivery with an increase of more than 14 percent above last year's peak delivery period, according to a statement from its website.

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