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Dakota Central Processing Center to close in 2012

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The Dakota Central Processing Center in Huron is set to close in the next year.

The facility was set to process mail for 105 post offices in South Dakota, some of those in the Aberdeen, Pierre and Watertown areas.

Many people in the Huron area with PO boxes will soon receive a letter that says help "Save America's Postal Service".

The United State Postal Service now plan to close the Dakota Central Processing and Distribution Facility in Huron; this comes just a short time after the postal service announced the facility would take over mail processing for the closed post offices.

"From what they are planning, nobody will get overnight shipping, not from the postal service," Said Debra Kates, Employee and President of the local Union.

Kates says under the new plan, all of the processing for the whole state would take place in Sioux Falls; which could hurt local businesses and inconvenience the average person trying to send a letter.

"A close look needs to be taken at what's causing this problem and how to rectify it," Said Jack Dedeyne, Owner of Jack's Janitorial Vacuums & Carpet Cleaning.

"People want speed these days, they don't want a decrease in that, they want it now,"

Dedeyne says many of his customers are 60 to 70 miles from his business and he frequently uses the postal service to deliver products.

He says the two to three days means less business.

"Time is money is the old saying, no matter what you do," Dedeyne said.

There is a public meeting scheduled at the Huron Event Center on December 27, 2011 at 7pm for people to express their views on the processing facilities closing.

The facility could close as soon as May of 2012.

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