Bowlus temporarily loses its post office due to 'health concerns'

Residents now have to trek to Royalton.
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Residents in the small town of Bowlus have temporarily lost a vital local service after the U.S. Postal Service temporarily shut down its post office.

The post office serving the town northwest of St. Cloud, which has a population of just under 300, is considered a risk to the health and safety of customers and employees.

Until full repairs can be completed, the post office has been closed and residents will have to travel 6 miles east to Royalton to use USPS' delivery and retail services, though a collection box will be retained in Bowlus for outgoing mail.

"The Postal Service will do everything possible to continue providing uninterrupted service to the community while emphasizing the safety of our employees and customers as our first priority," said USPS in a press release.

"At this time, it is unknown when services will resume at the Bowlus facility."

The leased building housing the post office is a bit of a horror show, USPS told KSTP, with water damage on the walls, ceilings, floors and building materials that is "promoting microbial growth."

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Its walls and windows meanwhile are in a deteriorating condition, it added.

The Royalton Post Office will be open to locals Mon-Fri between 9:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. and between 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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