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Published March 21, 2013, 03:57 PM

Badger Post Office to Reduce Hours

A Minnesota town of less than 500 people came together Thursday to support its local post office, which will soon see a reduced number of hours. Badger residents showed up in full force at a town meeting at the post office that's been around since the 1800's.

A Minnesota town of less than 500 people came together Thursday to support its local post office, which will soon see a reduced number of hours. Badger residents showed up in full force at a town meeting at the post office that's been around since the 1800's.

A petition with more than 300 signatures was presented to a Post Office district manager who was in town to explain the upcoming changes. Residents tried, but failed to keep the local office as is with no reduced hours. But officials say due to budget cuts, this is just not possible.

The mayor says folks around town have been worried since a survey was mailed a few weeks ago, which warned residents a change was coming.

Jim Rinde, Badger Mayor: "As soon as you hear something, reducing the hours, you think well the next step is shutting the doors. So, as mayor of Badger, I hope that doesn't happen."

The mayor says he feels better after having things explained today and is assured the local office won't close. Come May, the Badger Post Office is expected to go down to four hours on weekdays and just a couple of hours on Saturdays.

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