The daily hours several southwest Wisconsin post offices are open are being reduced by the U.S. Postal Service.
The service reductions replace the Postal Service’s plan to close thousands of rural post offices.
Post offices in Belmont, Dickeyville and Potosi will be open six hours per day instead of eight. Post offices in Livingston and Rewey will be open four hours per day instead of eight.
Grant County post offices in Bloomington, Cassville and Muscoda are also being reduced from open eight hours per day to six hours per day. Grant County post offices in Bagley, Kieler, Montfort, Mount Hope and Sinsinawa, and Lafayette County post offices in Benton, Gratiot, Shullsburg and South Wayne will be open four hours per day.
Post offices in Glen Haven, Patch Grove and Stitzer are being reduced in hours from eight hours per day to two per day. The Beetown post office will be open two hours per day instead of six hours per day.
The Federal Times reports the Postal Service is seeking to offset the cost of keeping rural post offices open by offering $20,000 buyouts to about 21,000 postmasters.
The Postal Service originally proposed closing 677 post offices, including in Green Bay and Racine.