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USPS helps ease holiday pressure

If cranking out greeting cards is turning your good cheer into a grand chore, the U.S.

If cranking out greeting cards is turning your good cheer into a grand chore, the U.S. Postal Service might help you lick the problem.

With the click of a few buttons, Web sites allow patrons to select and send holiday cards or prepare labels and pay postage for packages, according to Laurine Roehrich, customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service in Fargo.

"Through the online card store, they (customers) can choose from 50 different holiday cards, or they can do their own by putting their own picture on a card," Roehrich said.

"They can upload their address book, add the postage with a credit card and hit send. The Postal Service does it from there," she added.

Web sites explain the process, but demonstrations are being held as well.

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One will run from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the Moorhead Post Office and another from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Postal Service's main office in downtown Fargo.

Roehrich said customers who want to mail packages can avoid lines at the post office by printing labels and paying for postage from their homes.

People can then drop off the packages at the post office or arrange to have items picked up by a mail carrier at "no extra charge," Roehrich said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

You may reach me by phone at 701-241-5555, or by email at dolson@forumcomm.com
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