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Congressmen help convince the Postal Service to drop rural cost-cutting measures

At least two Wisconsin congressmen have helped convince the U.S. Postal Service to drop rural cost-cutting measures, after residents complained.

Postal officials say they need to cut $2 billion nationally, to off-set revenue losses caused by the fact that more of us use e-mail and pay our bills online.

More than 30 rural communities in southeast Wisconsin have had their carriers transferred to nearby towns as part of consolidations.

Postal officials say it saves about $46,000 a year at each location.

But residents say they're getting their mail too late. And businesses say it's harder for them to function.

Nashotah residents complained to House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner. And he urged officials to reconsider.

Also, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, got involved when carriers in Milton were going to be consolidated with others nearby.

Sensenbrenner says "You've got to remind the Postal Service repeatedly that their last name is 'service.'"

Milwaukee postal spokeswoman Marge Oehlke confirmed the congressional intervention but would not say it's why the two actions were reversed.

Postal officials recently warned of service cuts nationally, including deliveries five days a week instead of six.