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Associated Press, Published February 28 2009

Attrition of postal workers may cause mail delays in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. -- It isn't snow, rain or gloom of night that's preventing the completion of some letter carriers' appointed rounds in Bismarck.

Acting Postmaster Dixie Bentley says some homes might be getting their mail a little later than usual because of attrition at the local post office.

Bentley says four letter carriers have retired recently, and the Postal Service hasn't been able to replace them. He says other carriers have had extended sick leave, and there also have been several retirements in management.

The district has 42 city routes, with typically one carrier a route. But due to attrition, other carriers are rotating through the routes without carriers.