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178 Iowa post offices under review

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FREDERIKA (KWWL) -

Officials with the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that they are looking to possibly close thousands of post offices across the country to save money. Almost 200 of those offices are in Iowa.

The post office in Frederika is one of dozens that is proposed to be closed throughout the state of Iowa by the U.S. Postal Service. While the people in town aren't too thrilled about that, they say it could be the businesses that would be hurt the most.

Cindy Asmus works for Farmers Savings Bank in Frederika. She says they use the post office daily and they are one of its' biggest customers.

"If the post office would close we would have to go to Tripoli and drop off the mail if we needed to get it off cause I'm sure it would be a pick up station. We would be left out in the cold if we need something," said Asmus.

The financially troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study over 3,500 local post offices across the country to find out their worth. The things they will look at include insufficient work loads, surrounding alternate access points, and a decrease in customer demand.

"Over 15,000 of our post offices generate less than $100,000 per year. Considering the cost of facilities and other expenses this becomes a business concern for us,"

Tamara Rosol has lived in Frederika since 1978. She says the post office plays a big part for the entire community.

"This post office is an important part for many of these people here, especially the older people. It's just handy and convenient for mailing packages and just picking up their mail. It's very convenient," said Rosol.

Postal officials say coming under review doesn't necessarily mean an office will close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400 offices for closing. So far 280 have been closed and 200 have finished the review process and will remain open.

Click here to view the expanded access study list from the USPS.

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