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Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

The Little Post Office that
Roared: and Was Heard

Author's note: This post has been corrected to read that the Bruno post office is not closing, but is staying open with decreased hours. I apologize for the error. 

It isn't every day that the town of Kerrick, Minnesota is mentioned on National Public Radio. But there it was in the news, the east-central Minnesota town of sixty-plus residents. Yesterday the Postmaster General reversed his decision about closing rural post offices. And small towns like Kerrick and Bruno are celebrating.

The victory isn't a complete one. The Bruno and Kerrick post offices will stay open for four hours instead of the hoped-for six. But they will still be a wellness checkpoint for seniors who gather there every morning.

The preservation of rural post offices is a classic David-and-Goliath story. If little towns like Kerrick and Bruno can make the Postmaster General reverse a decision, no obstacle is too big or no opponent too formidable.

Terri Stadin, Kerrick's "Post Officer-in-Charge."
People say they value things like small-town living, tight-knit communities, and the ability for older adults to live at home rather than nursing facilities.  Keeping rural post offices open accomplishes all three, at a cost of one percent of the post office budget, according to Debra Stadin, who organized a petition drive to save the Kerrick post office.

To generate revenue, perhaps the post office could partner with a company like Studio 56 to create tabletop collectibles of rural post offices. I can picture the Kerrick post office displayed on a mantel.

Listen to the NPR story here. Follow the blog sand creek almanac by Deb Sewell of Bruno for stories of the good life in east central Minnesota -- made even better by the preservation of rural post offices.

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Susan! Although I hadn't heard anything about Bruno still closing; I thought every post office would remain open with a reduction in hours.

  2. Deb, thank you for pointing this out. I have corrected the post. My apologies to Bruno. I hope this one reads better. Susan


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