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Published February 06, 2013, 05:58 PM

USPS announces plan to end Saturday mail

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You'd better get that bill in the mail a little earlier. The U.S. Postal Service announced today plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You'd better get that bill in the mail a little earlier. The U.S. Postal Service announced today plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays.

This comes after years of budget issues and proposed cuts in the agency.

A big announcement from the U.S. Postal Service means the end of weekend mail.

Rachel Freehauf, Mail Carrier: "To be honest, I just heard it on the radio this morning, which is about how the Postal Service usually works. We hear things at the same time as the public."

USPS announced today they will stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning August 5th. However, package deliveries will continue six days a week.

Rich Brommenschenkel, Moorhead Resident: "It will be a little harder to pay bills on time, the mail has to be moving."

The Postal Service expects to save about $2 billion a year by eliminating Saturday mail deliveries. In 2012, they had a loss of almost $16 billion.

The Internet has changed the way we use the postal service. Instead of letters, we send e-mails and many now pay their bills online.

Alex Schrader, NDSU Student: "It's just more convenient and faster."

Greg Johnson, Fargo Postmaster: "It's just a way to try to stay viable and continue to serve our customers."

Fargo Postmaster Greg Johnson says at this time, they aren't planning any layoffs, but admits there will be some changes in scheduling.

Freehauf: "They haven't really announced any plans right now, so it's a little bit of a concern to not know what will happen with the workforce they no longer need."

Saturday is already the lowest-volume day for deliveries because many businesses are closed.

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