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Community Hopes For Compromise in Post Office Cuts

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Rutland, N.D. - About 60 residents gathered this afternoon to talk about drastic cuts to the city's post office hours. Starting in 45 days, business hours for the post office retail window in Rutland, North Dakota, will be reduced from the current eight to just two hours each weekday.

 Post office operations manager Pete Slabik says the reduction is part of an attempt to save money while better suiting an overall decrease in demand. "The use of the mail - first-class mail - is going down. We're not selling as many stamps because of the decline in first-class mail," Slabik explains. "People are purchasing their postage online [and] having carriers pick up their packages."

"People here in Rutland like to do business with the post office," says Rutland resident Paul Anderson. "We want to do business with the post office. They keep fighting us; they don't want to do business with us."

Some in Rutland say they are still hoping to compromise at four hours of operation per weekday, but it will be another year before that could be considered.

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