Saving North Dakota’s Post Offices 

‘The Prairie Post Office’ authors to hold discussion and book signing Sept. 17

Steven Bolduc, a Minnesota State University Moorhead economics professor and Amy Phillips, Minot State University at NDSU professor of social work, will present a free public talk and book signing on “The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota” Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, 612 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, N.D. 

The book’s authors use the insights and experiences of rural North Dakotans to highlight the critical roles of rural post offices and postal employees. The book features more than 100 color photos of North Dakota post offices, postal employees and postal customers by retired MSUM photography professor Wayne Gudmundson. The book also details the history of mail delivery in North Dakota and the northern Dakota Territory from the perspective of Kevin Carvell, former director for Sen. Byron Dorgan’s eastern North Dakota operations.

The book is available at and NDSU Press.