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U.S. postal service consolidation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  After months of speculation the U.S. Postal service made an announcement today, that will ultimately impact thousands.

The U.S. Postal Service has been planning the consolidations for five months and they are now completed.

Last fall there was a number of town hall meetings to discuss the idea and give a chance for the public to voice their opinions and concerns.

Along with Rochester, Minnesota will have four other mail processing facilities closing. Possible closings include Duluth, Mankato, Bemidge and Saint Cloud.

This is all a part of the plan created by the U.S. postal service to reduce operating costs by 20 billion dollars by 2015 and return to making a profit.

Nationwide this could effect 28,000 jobs. In Rochester alone, 98 employees will be impacted with an anticipated decrease of 41 positions.

If all goes as planned everything that is handled in Rochester now, would soon be processed in St. Paul.

However, the consolidation is made complicated by the fact that congress could step in and stop it. There will be no change before May 15th, but the intention is to proceed with the consolidation during the summer and fall of 2012.

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