- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A new postal facility is opening in the western North Dakota oil boomtown of Williston on July 1.

U.S. Sen. John Hoven made the announcement in a statement on Friday.

The new facility will have more than 2,800 post office boxes, an automated 24-hour kiosk and a full service window with three clerks.

Hoeven says the new facility is a big step toward improving postal services in the oil patch.

The postal service has struggled to keep up with the rapid growth rate of the oil patch and compete with high salaries offered by other jobs in the area. Earlier this year they bumped starting salaries up to $21 an hour and added a $1,000 hiring bonus for new carriers.

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