Rounds: Downsizing of postal facilities in South Dakota put on pause

WASHINGTON, D.C.–On social media on Monday, South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds stated that the postal service is pausing the downsizing of South Dakota mail processing facilities.

According to Sen. Rounds, the pause follows concerns from the public, and the senator’s letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Previously, concerns were raised about a 10-year plan that proposed moving some processing from Sioux Falls to Omaha, and from Huron to Fargo.

The United States Postal Service announced it would keep the Sioux Falls facility open as a Local Processing Center and invest $12.75 million into the facility. That plan would also mean transferring mail processing outgoing operations to the Omaha Processing and Distribution Center.

On Monday, Senator Rounds wrote on social media, “I’m pleased to see that the postal service is pausing the downsizing of mail processing facilities in SD following concerns and my subsequent letter to Postmaster Louis DeJoy. This is a step in the right direction to protecting rural mail services across our state.”