Protesters show support for Erhard Post OfficePublished 11:02am Friday, September 6, 2013
Thirty Erhardians showed their support for the small-town post office on Aug. 27 as the USPS held a town meeting on hours and service reductions, according to the Pelican Rapids Press.
Richard Noreen, postmaster in Mahnomen who filled in after a regional executive could not make the meeting, announced to the community that service hours at the post office would be reduced as part of a far-reaching postal service expense-cutting initiative.
Under the USPS plan, Erhard is one of thousands of rural post offices that will experience reductions.
Erhard serves 432 residents on its primary rural delivery route, and another 67 on a route shared with a different post office.
The Erhard Post Office also holds 67 P.O boxes in its lobby.
New hours in the Erhard office will likely be changed to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Customer retail visits to post offices have dropped from 1.28 billion to 93 million over a six-year span, prompting the USPS to reduce hours and cut expenses.