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Published December 28, 2010, 04:22 PM

Longtime Bathgate, ND Postmaster Preparing to Retire

Mary Ann Houston's role as postmaster in Bathgate is much more than just sorting the mail, and she says she will miss it when she retires on Saturday.

The people of Bathgate, ND, are getting ready to say goodbye to a familiar face. One that's has always been there, along with their mail.

Mary Ann Houston's role as postmaster in Bathgate is much more than just sorting the mail, and she says she will miss it when she retires on Saturday.

Houston has been with the Bathgate Post Office since 1986 and postmaster for 18 years.

She says as a kid she would write letters to soldiers in Vietnam.

This correspondence helped ignite a passion for letters and mail, and she says when she was a kid, she always thought it would be neat to work in a post office.

As she looks towards retirement, she says she is proud of helping quadruple the post office's revenue by working with other businesses.

Houston says she will miss chatting with people in town and hearing their stories when they pick up their mail.

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