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Published January 18, 2014, 10:00 AM

ND post office puts undeliverable mail on display

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Some residents in northwestern North Dakota had the chance to celebrate Christmas all over again.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Some residents in northwestern North Dakota had the chance to celebrate Christmas all over again.

The Watford City post office held an open house Thursday night and invited people to stop by to see if any of more than 200 undeliverable parcels might belong to them.

Postal service spokeswoman Karen Fredrickson tells the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1dhHHcz) the post office became overwhelmed in December by the volume of packages and had been holding undeliverable mail rather than immediately returning it.

The postal service held the belated Christmas party to try to locate as many recipients as possible before making the returns.

Fredrickson says parcels were up 25 percent in northwestern North Dakota over Christmas and it's difficult for the post office to find part-time holiday help in the oil patch.

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