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Published August 29, 2011, 10:08 PM

EGF Mail Carriers Now Reporting to GF Post Office

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Consolidation efforts by the United States Postal Service are forcing mail carriers in East Grand Forks into a different morning routine. Those carriers now begin their morning duties at the Grand Forks Post Office.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Consolidation efforts by the United States Postal Service are forcing mail carriers in East Grand Forks into a different morning routine. Those carriers now begin their morning duties at the Grand Forks Post Office.

All mail sorting equipment has been moved out and just three staff members occupy the building during business hours.

"I've had a lot of calls. People think that we closed, which we haven't and words just got to get back out hey we're still in business," East Grand Forks Postmaster Harry Miskavige said.

The East Grand Forks Post Office was oddly quiet for a Monday morning.

The post office hasn't closed, but consolidation efforts have forced some big changes. Along with shortened business hours, the ten carriers are adjusting to their new home at the Grand Forks Post Office.

"Kind of confusing. I think one of the carriers quoted it right like the first day of school and getting acclimated to new conditions and basically different rules, how things are done differently," Miskavige said.

"We start a half hour later and it's a little confusing in the morning because everything is different over there, paperwork and all that kind of stuff," East Grand Forks Mail Carrier Perry Landesdown said.

"It's stressful right now, but it will get better I hope," Landesdown added.

The Unites States Postal Service lost a record $8.5 billion last year and has been working on consolidation and cost-cutting measures like this across the country.

"It's a bummer but I understand why it has to be done, some of it anyway," Landesdown added.

"We were kind of shocked. When we first heard rumors we thought maybe we'd be exempt from that type of scenario being we own the building and stuff, but it wasn't to be," Miskavige said.

East Grand Forks residents shouldn't notice too much of a change in their service, just about an hour delay for delivery. There will still be post office boxes, stamps can be purchased and packages will be metered and mailed.

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