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Postal carriers rally to save Saturday mail delivery

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For the past 30 years, everyone has gotten used to getting their mail delivered six-days a week.

But the post-master general for the united states postal service says debt has put an end to it.

Here at home, we met with some local mail carriers who want to keep Saturday mail delivery.

Most of us would enjoy having our Saturday's off but not these mail carriers.

They want to keep working on Saturday because they say both the carriers and their customers depend on it.

Neither cold weather nor snow flurries could keep these mail carriers from rallying to protect six-day delivery.

About 50 carriers from southeastern South Dakota came out to show their commitment to their work and their customers.

They're worried about a loss of jobs and a loss of a service many people not only come to expect but depend upon.

Brent Fjerestad, president of the South Dakota letter carriers union (SDSALC) says they provide a service which goes beyond delivering the mail.

"To a rural state such as South Dakota, it would be so detrimental. A lot of these small communities, we're the lifeline for that community. It seems that the statistics always say over 50 percent don't even have Internet access so we are that communication nationwide for these people. We also check on the elderly every day of the week. we check on our seniors. We know their habits. If something's wrong, we'll be the first one to spot it," Fjerestad said.

Postal carrier Shari Gusted said "there would be a lot of jobs lost but not only for us but for our customers as well. They depend on it. We deliver a lot of medicine and that type of thing. We need to keep the mail moving. We need to keep it going and we need the six days a week to keep it moving."

it was cold out there today, but the mail carriers I met say it's important for them to stand up and not only protect -- but save what they believe is a necessary service, one which was established by our constitution.

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