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USPS to Cut Saturday Mail to Trim Costs

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The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week. 

The U.S. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe explains how it will work, "Mail delivery will occur Monday through Friday and we will not deliver nor collect mail on Saturday. What we are announcing today is not very complicated. Package delivery will continue Monday through Saturday. There will be no change in terms of Post Office hours. If we are open Saturday, we will be open Saturday."

In the Wednesday announcement, the service says the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about $2 billion annually. The move will impact more than 20,000 jobs nationwide.

The change accentuates one of the agency's strong points - package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010. The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

In the past year, the USPS has cut hours at thousands of post offices. In Fargo, the postmaster says in the past 10 years the workforce has been cut in half.

Some postal customers say the news of "no Saturday mail" didn't really come as a shock, Rather, it was something that needed to be done.

"It's no big deal to me its fine to help them save money I don't get that much money on Saturdays," Jack Hommen says.

As for Lawrence Moll, "I do not expect delivery on Saturday I don't pick up my mail on Saturday when they come to my house I say hey take a rest." And Francis Weintraub actually likes the plan, "I think if its save money and preserves jobs I think its a good idea."

The "no Saturday service" is set to begin August 5.

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