Is Your Post Office Closing?

Inside Dakota Ag

USPS plans to close thousands of post offices to cut costs. It's looking a list of more more than 100 offices in South Dakota and North Dakota.

Published on: August 10, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service wants to close thousands of post offices around the country to save money. That sounds reasonable, until you look at the number they want to close and how the cuts are centered in rural areas.

Here’s a list of offices in North Dakota and South Dakota that are on the closing “study” list.

NORTH DAKOTA
ABERCROMBIE
ADAMS
ALAMO
ALMONT
AMIDON
ANTLER
ARNEGARD
BALDWIN
BANTRY
BENEDICT
BISBEE
BROCKET
BUCHANAN
BUTTE
CARTWRIGHT
CLIFFORD
COGSWELL
COLUMBUS
DAZEY
DODGE
EGELAND
EPPING
ERIE
FINGAL
FOREST RIVER
FORT RANSOM
FORTUNA
GALESBURG
GARDNER
GOLDEN VALLEY
GOLVA
GRACE CITY
GRANVILLE
GRASSY BUTTE
HAGUE
HANNAFORD
INKSTER
KARLSRUHE
KATHRYN
KENSAL
KRAMER
LANKIN
LEHR
LEONARD
MANDAREE
MANTADOR
MAXBASS
MCGREGOR
MEKINOCK
MERCER
MOUNTAIN
MYLO
NOME
OBERON
PETTIBONE
ROBINSON
ROSEGLEN
RUTLAND
SAINT MICHAEL
SAWYER
SENTINEL BUTTE
SHARON
SHELDON
SPIRITWOOD
STARKWEATHER
TOLLEY
TOWER CITY
TRENTON
TUTTLE
UPHAM
VOLTAIRE
WALCOTT
WILDROSE
WOODWORTH
ZAHL
ZAP

SOUTH DAKOTA
AGAR
ALLEN
ANDOVER
ASHTON
BADGER
BARNARD
BELVIDERE
BRENTFORD
BULLHEAD
CANOVA
CAPUTA
CARPENTER
CARTHAGE
CAVOUR
CLAIRE CITY
CORONA
CRESBARD
DAVIS
DIMOCK
EDEN
ENNING
FAIRBURN
FRANKFORT
FULTON
GANN VALLEY
GLENHAM
GOODWIN
GRENVILLE
HAMILL
HAZEL
HENRY
HERRICK
HOWES
KRANZBURG
LAKE CITY
LANTRY
LESTERVILLE
LETCHER
LITTLE EAGLE
MANDERSON
MANSFIELD
MARVIN
MEADOW
MILESVILLE
MISSION HILL
MOUND CITY
NORRIS
NUNDA
OKREEK
OLDHAM
OLIVET
ONAKA
PEEVER
PIERPONT
PRINGLE
RAMONA
RAYMOND
REDIG
REE HEIGHTS
REVA
REVILLO
RIDGEVIEW
ROCKHAM
SAINT ONGE
SCENIC
SENECA
SINAI
SPENCER
TOLSTOY
TURTON
UTICA
VALE
VOLIN
WAKPALA
WALLACE
WESTPORT

USPS may replace some of the post offices with “village post offices” operated by a local business. You could buy stamps and mail flat rate packages there.

Some facts about what’s behind possible closings:

  • USPS lost $5.7 billion in the first 9 months of 2011, compared by $5.4 billion in the same period in 2010.
  • Even with significant cost reductions and revenue growth initiatives, current financial projections indicate USPS will have a cash shortfall and will have reached its statutory borrowing limit by the end of the fiscal year. Absent substantial legislative change, the Postal Service will be forced to default on payments to the federal government, according to a USPS press release.
  • Since 2006, the Postal Service has contributed more than $37 billion to a trust fund for future retiree health benefits.