KERKHOVEN — Postal services at the Kerkhoven Post Office are temporarily being suspended while safety concerns about the building are reviewed.
A notice dated Dec. 24 that is posted on the door of the Kerkhoven Post Office indicates that there would be an "indefinite closure" of the Kerkhoven Post Office and that starting today — Dec. 26 — post office box services and pickup of packages would be relocated to the Murdock Post Office.
A reader sent a copy of that letter to the West Central Tribune on Wednesday evening after an initial story posted on wctrib.com indicated that Kerkhoven customers had to go to the Benson Post Office to retrieve their mail.
That initial story was based on a news release sent Christmas Day from the U.S. Postal Service.
The West Central Tribune received several messages from Kerkhoven residents indicating they had been told to go the Murdock Post Office — not to Benson.
A supervisor from the Benson Post Office also told the West Central Tribune that the Kerkhoven mail service was being transferred to Murdock.
Later Wednesday evening, the Postal Service sent a corrected news release confirming Murdock would be the new temporary home for services for Kerkhoven residents and apologized for the confusion due to the earlier error.
The letter posted in Kerkhoven indicates residents can pick up their mail from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturdays at 412 Main. Ave. in Murdock.
Post office box customers are asked to bring a photo identification to receive their mail.
Retail sales, however, are available only from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Murdock, according to the Postal Service news release.
The Postal Service said the Kerkhoven Post Office, which is a leased building located at 903 Atlantic Avenue, is being temporarily closed because of “building safety concerns.”
The news release did not specify what kind of problems there are with the building but indicated the Postal Service is “working diligently with the landlord to mitigate the safety concern.”’
There’s no indication how long the services will be suspended in Kerkhoven.
The Postal Service apologized for the inconvenience to customers but noted that the service does not receive any tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.