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Minnesota Cities Fight Postal Service Closings

Star Tribune - National lawmakers have joined Minnesota mayors in the fight to keep mail processing centers in four outstate cities from closing. Earlier this summer, the U.S. Postal Service announced a plan to shutter dozens of mail processing centers across the county — including those in Duluth, Bemidji, Mankato and Waite Park near St. Cloud. The consolidations, set to start in January, would save $750 million a year, the Postal Service says. But the plan is unpopular with local unions and elected officials, who argue that shifting the work to Twin Cities centers will slow service to outstate cities and rural areas, hurting businesses and residents who rely on timely mail delivery.