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Published September 29, 2011, 09:41 PM

Forest River Residents Rally to Save Post Office

FOREST RIVER, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Another post office in North Dakota could be on the chopping block. The Forest River community is rallying to save its post office, while the U.S. Postal Service considers closing nearly 3,700 post offices nationwide.

FOREST RIVER, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Another post office in North Dakota could be on the chopping block.

The Forest River community is rallying to save its post office, while the U.S. Postal Service considers closing nearly 3,700 post offices nationwide.

Reps have said the postal service loses $23 million a day.

Fixing this cash hemorrhage is falling on small post offices.

But because bigger cities like Grand Forks also face some postal service cuts, going to far away cities to pick up mail might be a problem for some people.

Grand Forks hearing doctor Kevin Fire gets a lot of business from Forest River. To help some of his customers keep their post office open, he brings up hearing aids.

"The population is getting older and fewer and fewer are able to get out and ship those types of things. It may be a consequence of shutting down this smaller office," Fire Audiological Service doctor Kevin Fire said.

The people here say it's a necessity. Driving miles to pick up their mail in the middle of winter could be more than just a hassle.

But two words: "financial crisis" make it expendable for the postal service.

"You can buy stamps at ATMs, automated postal centers, grocery stores," Post Office operations manager Wayne Ralph said.

Add in the fact most people pay their bills online, delivers why the postal service says it's losing money.

Last year it made $12.5 billion, a $2 billion drop from 2006.

Even though it makes almost $28,000 per capita in exports every year, closing the post office in Forest River would save almost $64,000 a year.

But to the people at this meeting, their post office is priceless.

"It's a daily meeting place to pick up your mail, do business, the café is there. It is very important," Forest River mayor Ivan Muir said.

So, closing the Forest River Post Office might be an answer the postal service's budget crisis, but it also brings up a few questions.

"With older individuals who might not be able to get down to services, you wonder if they'll get the services they need," Fire said.

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