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Massive storm hampers mail delivery in Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota

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Severe winter weather and difficult travel conditions are impacting mail delivery throughout the region today, including North Dakota, South Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

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"Mother Nature's latest blast is playing havoc today with mail delivery in the entire Dakotas district," said Rickie Kunzweiler, manager of the US Postal Service's Dakotas district, in a news release sent out during the noon hour. The district headquarters is based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

With a foot of snow in some areas, "deliveries are being attempted and Post Offices are open wherever possible. However, in some cases trucks transporting mail have been unable to reach Post Offices," the release said.

Mail delivery could be sporadic in places until roads are cleared.

In North Dakota, serious problems are being felt across the entire state.

Northwestern Minnesota will also be impacted by the conditions in ZIP code areas 565 and 567.

In South Dakota, the most serious impacts will be in ZIP code areas 572, 573, 574, 575, 576 in north central and northeast area such as in the Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown, Sisseton and Mobridge areas.

"We will remain open and will continue to deliver wherever it is safe to do so," Kunzweiler said in the release. "We appreciate the patience that has been shown by our customers during this challenging time."

Customers may contact their local post office for further information or to pick up their mail if they do not receive delivery.

Residents that have information about closed roads can also report that to the local post office to assist our rural carriers in their attempts to deliver.

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