88 MN Post Offices On List of Possible Closures

The U.S. Postal Service, which lost $8 billion last year, on Tuesday released a list of more than 3,600 offices, branches, and stations around the nation that are being reviewed and could be shuttered.

Eighty-eight Minnesota post offices recently joined 28 others that are under consideration for closure.

The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday released a list of more than 3,600 offices, branches, and stations around the nation that are being reviewed. Amid a sluggish economy and continued declines in first-class mail as technology evolves, the agency lost $8 billion last year.

“Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office-supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs, and usps.com, open 24/7,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. “Our customers' habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”

Although some of the Minnesota post offices being scrutinized are in tiny cities, some Twin Cities offices are also on the list: Four are in Minneapolis, two are in St. Paul, and three are in Duluth.

In January, the Postal Service said that it was reviewing 1,400 U.S. offices for possible closure-and the just-announced offices under review are in addition to that figure. So far, 280 offices have been shuttered and 200 survived review and will remain open, according to the Star Tribune.

The Postal Service operates 31,871 retail outlets across the country; that's down significantly from 38,000 10 years ago, the Minneapolis newspaper reported.