Plenty of Minnesota post offices are on the list of 3,700 locations around the country which may be closed. Only in the postal service can a list of possibly doomed post offices and retail sites be called an “expanded service list.”
The Minnesota list reads like a who’s who of towns few people have heard of before. Darfur, for example: Population 108. Popular lore says the town was named when two Scandinavian railroad men questioned, “why you stop dar fur?” Viewed from Google Earth, Darfur looks like a hundred other small town in Minnesota: A grain elevator, a couple of buildings, one of which is a post office.
Post offices can be more of a social center in small towns, rather than a desperately needed communication tool. When one closes, it’s also a signal to a small town that it’s time is up.
The irony is the post office is being killed by the Internet, but most of the towns which may lose their post office have little to no decent Internet service.
Here’s the Minnesota list of communities whose post offices/retail locations are threatened:
Riverview (Saint Paul)
Seeger Square Finance (Saint Paul)
Butler Quarter (Minneapolis)
Lowry Avenue (Minneapolis)
Civic Center (Duluth)