The post office hours at both St. Lawrence and Wessington have been cut.
The Postal Service began actual implementation of the reduced hours at over one thousand post offices on January 12. It has scheduled implementation at another 2,250 offices during the rest of January and February: January 26 (944), February 9 (833), and February 23 (475).
According to Miller postmaster Judy Boomsma, the post office lobby in St. Lawrence is open 24 hours a day. However, window service will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
In Wessington, the window will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
At this point, hours remain the same as always at Gann Valley and Ree Heights.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced in mid-May, 2012, that he would close half the mail sorting plants in the county and cut hours from 25 to 75 percent in half the nation’s post offices over a two-year period.
The Postal Service has already held over 5,400 community meetings for POStPlan, and it has scheduled another 860 for the rest of January and the first week of February. Within a few weeks, some 6,340 post offices will see their hours reduced to six, four, even two hours a day. That’s nearly half of the 13,000 post offices on the list.