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What USPS delivery change means for La Crosse, Onalaska

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Earlier this week the U.S. Postal Service announced their plan to only deliver mail five days a week, cutting Saturday delivery to street addresses.

Package delivery – which the USPS says is up 14 percent since 2010 – will continue Monday through Saturday.

It's not new to see headlines of the Postal Service struggling. They reported a $15.9 billion dollar loss from the last budget year.

The change to a five-day delivery schedule could save them an estimated $2 billion a year, but everyone our community is affected a little differently.

Hundreds of thousands of post marked envelopes are sorted through Gundersen Lutheran's mail room each year.

They're full of bills, physicians' forms and test results.

With the U.S. Postal Service stopping Saturday mail deliveries to street addresses, Gundersen may be delayed processing those letters.

"Where it will affect us is mail coming into the organization for example patients or companies sending forms to physicians that need to be filled out," said Jane Vinson, mail room supervisor.

Gundersen's mail room isn't even open Saturdays. But Vinson said an extra day can make a difference for the departments expecting those documents.

"It won't impact the mailroom itself. Where it can impact is the statements coming into the organization, patients making payments, that type of thing," Vinson said. "That there could be a delay there."

For those post-marking their letters at the Onalaska Post Office Saturday, opinions seemed to differ.

"Saturdays I get more mail than I do on Tuesdays and if I need to mail something out on the weekend, it's more convenient," said Orin Elstad.

"Most of the stuff we get isn't that important whether it comes on Saturday, Monday or whenever," said Chester Hilton.

"How I get paid is through the mail. And how I get bills is through the mail," said Mike Rude.

But whether people like it or not, come Aug. 5, that mail delivery schedule will change.

"I got all the other days. Plus, I need a day off anyway," said Paul Tilley.

Saturday mail will only stop being delivered to street addresses. Packages and mail addressed to P.O. Boxes will still be delivered six days a week.

The new delivery schedule shouldn't impact post office hours. The USPS said offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open even after the Saturday delivery schedule changes.

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