MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four mail processing facilities in Minnesota are on the Postal Service’s list for possible closings.

More than 250 offices across the country are part of the proposal.

The four offices under consideration in Minnesota are in Bemidji, Duluth, Rochester and Waite Park.

Changes in delivery standards and the closings could save the agency as much as $3 billion, and officials are seeking changes from Congress that could help them cut expenses more.

The agency lost $8.5 billion last year and is facing an even larger deficit this year as it struggles with shrinking business because of the movement of first-class mail to the Internet and the struggling economy, which limited advertising mail.

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Comments (7)
  1. Jane says:

    This has NOTHING to do with the story above… What’s your point other than to push your one sided views on others?

  2. Paulie says:

    This makes me angry. How is closing a few post offices and laying off ‘workers’ going to save money and fix our economy? The first thing they need to start seriously considering is stopping that ridiculous Saturday delivery and cutting down to a 4-10 hour work week. Duh. duh. duh. duh. Now THAT would save not only money but many jobs. How effen stupid are people making these decisions?

    1. Duh. duh. duh. duh? says:

      The post office is an indpendently run entity that does not operate on tax payer money. What you are hearing in the news is the bailout of their pensions by the government. So, the closing of these offices and stopping of Saturday mail would be the inependent decision of the organization. If you aren’t buying stamps or sending post, you are not supporting the post office, hence the need to reduce offices. The way it works on the economy at large is the laying off of postal persons and their requirement of unemployment.

    2. SO SAD says:

      They also need to eliminate their trip to MAILCOM every year. I used to do trade shows for a company, and this was one of the postal service’s big event every year. They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to send representatives to the show and have big parties. What a waste!

    3. ByBye P>O> says:

      Why is it the post offices job to save the economy? closing 250 offices you think would save no money, you must be 1 of them union workers, the jig is up, I know numerous people who work for the post office they are some of the most unreliable people I know. Mail could operate 3 days a week it’s almost completely obsolete, what news could you get 1 day that wouldnt be as vauable the next day, if a family member needs help you call them.

  3. Mean ol' Rico Suave says:

    Just 4? That’s too few.

  4. Dee Lorilee Johnston says:

    These MUST be cities with multiple offices currently.

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