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Duane Burchill, Rural Route 2 mail carrier for the Valley City Post Office, was recently recognized by the Dakotaâ€™s District of the United States Postal Service for his role as a Road Test Examiner/Trainer and Facilitator.
He received a letter of appreciation from the District commending him on his role in training new hires to our organization, said Valley City Postmaster Sherry Johnson.
Burchill said he has been working as a Road Test Examiner/Trainer and Facilitator â€śfor four or five years, and with the post office about 25 years.â€ť
Said Burchill, â€śIâ€™ve been on the same route all these years. I know where all the snowbanks are supposed to sit.â€ť
The rural route runs west and south of Valley City including the Kathryn Valley.
â€śThe only part (of Barnes County) I donâ€™t go is north. Itâ€™s about a 115-mile route.â€ť
Burchill said this has been a great year for rural mail carriers. â€śIt was a piece of cake this winterâ€ť due to a lack of snow.
Heâ€™s also looking forward to an easier driving spring because he is not anticipating much if any road flooding. â€śIt should be easy this spring,â€ť Burchill said.