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Duluth Mail Processing Center to Close

Posted at: 02/12/2013 4:50 PM
Updated at: 02/12/2013 5:44 PM

On Tuesday, during a contractually mandated meeting, the U.S. Postal Service notified the union leader from the mail processing center in Duluth, that the center would be closing.

The exact closure date isn't known yet. But it could happen as soon as this summer, June or July, or it could be as far away as February of 2014.

The center had a reprieve last spring, when other centers were notified they were going to close. But the USPS had said that 89 more centers would be closing, and Duluth was never taken off that list.

Todd Fawcett, the president of the local American Postal Workers Union, said that some people are feeling stressed out about all of this again, even though this wasn't a surprise.

He said Senator Al Franken's office has reached out already, to help them. Franken did try to save the post office the first time with legislation in the Senate.

Fawcett estimates at least 100 people still work at the center.

When the center does close, a letter that is mailed from Duluth to another address in Duluth would have to go down to the Twin Cities to be processed first.