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Woodston told of shorter hours

The decision to reduce hours -- sent via electronic mail, the preferred choice of delivery by the U.S. Postal Service -- arrived Wednesday in Woodston.

The confirmation of reduced hours came approximately a week after community meetings were conducted in both Cedar and Woodston to discuss the reduction of hours for both facilities.

The discussions, however, were little more than announcements of impending changes, rather than efforts to obtain additional information.

Meetings also were conducted Nov. 8 in Winona and Weskan; final decisions still are pending.

Similar meetings were conducted this week in Agra and Gaylord. and there's two more on the schedule for next week in Bunker Hill and Waldo.

By the time all the meetings are conducted, hours are expected to be reduced at more than 50 post offices in northwest Kansas.

Those previously targeted for closure will see their window hours reduced to two hours each day, while others -- such as the post office in Winona -- will go to six hours a day.

* MIKE CORN, HDN