Senator Franken Sends Letter to Postmaster General to Discontinue Rerouting of Northland Mail

June 11, 2015 07:40 PM

Minnesota Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to the Postmaster General to discontinue the rerouting of mail parcels from northeast Minnesota to the Twin Cities. In April, the Postal Service began rerouting mail from northeast Minnesota. Specifically, mail that used to be canceled at the Duluth Processing Center is now trucked to Eagan where that mail then canceled and trucked back into Duluth.

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Senator Franken says that he has received many complaints that mail is being delivered at rates that are unacceptable rates. Specifically he says there have reports of newspapers being delivered 10 days late and medicine delivered after it has expired.

Franken says, "unfortunately, if the Postal Service continues to go in this direction, it's going to go into a vicious cycle, a downward cycle in which fewer and fewer people will want to use the Postal Service and then they'll get less revenue, and it'll become less sustainable."

In late May, USPS announced a moratorium on further consolidation through the end of 2015. However, five employees have already lost their jobs between the times of the start of the rerouting and the moratorium.

USPS Spokesman Peter Nowacki said in a written statement to WDIO, "the Postal Service is continually working to improve efficiencies by making better use of space, staffing, equipment and transportation to process the nation's mail."

Nowacki also says, "customers should report delivery issues by calling 1-800-275-8777 or online at and providing as much detail as possible."


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