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Watson is among the communities under review for the possible closing of its post office. Community leaders are concerned about the possible loss of the service, and the loss of identity that its closing could represent. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Small west central Minn. towns deliver message: We need our local post offices

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WATSON -- During the summer, a daily ritual for 90-year-old Ernest Solseth was to putt-putt his way downtown to the post office on his riding lawn mower.


Postmistress Jodi Williamson never missed a beat, and dashed out of the Watson post office to hand Solseth his mail and save him the need to climb up the steps.

"I would hate to see the post office go,'' Solseth said.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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