Dozens of rural Minnesota post offices will remain open under a plan announced Wednesday but with reduced service hours.
Among the 117 post offices that were slated for closing in the state was the one in Calumet, above, a dwindling Iron Range town with a population of 367. Like many other rural post offices, the Calumet post office will reduce its daily retail window service from 8 hours to four. Access to the retail lobby and to post office boxes would remain unchanged
"In a nutshell, I'm pleased as punch," said Calumet Mayor John Tuorila, who had coordinated a letter writing campaign imploring members of Congress to stop the closings. "I'm really happy for Calumet, for our 367 residents and 182 box holders." Around town, he added, "Everyone is grinning from ear to ear."
Added resident Beverly Sigfrinius, "It really does make a person feel good ... that our senators and congressmen are listening to us."
A list of post offices and their new hours is at: about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/our-future-network/welcome.htm.
KEVIN DIAZ AND MADELINE SZEMPRUCH
SZEMPRUCH, A SENIOR AT EASTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, IS PARTICIPATING IN SCHOOL DISTRICT 196'S PARTNERSHIPS WITH PROFESSIONALS MENTOR PROGRAM.