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The Mail Must Go Through

Scott Bjergo holds Pam Haussler’s mule steady as she gets into the saddle outside the Lakeview, Idaho, post office. Bjergo has the contract to deliver mail by boat to the rugged eastern shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille's south arm. (Daily Bee photo: Keith Kinnaird)

Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays postal couriers’ swift completion of their appointed rounds on the remote southern portion of Lake Pend Oreille. Seventy-mile-an-hour wind gusts and the intense waves they whip up are another matter. “You don’t realize how rough the weather can be until you’re buried in it. It will come up fast,” said Scott Bjergo, who’s under contract with the U.S. Postal Service to collect and deliver mail by boat to some of the most far-flung portions of the 148-square-mile lake. The lake’s famously abrupt and furious storms are about the only thing that will keep Bjergo from shoving off at Bayview to make stops on his route, which ranges from 38 to 21 miles depending on the day of the week/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.

Question: I consider the U.S. Postal Service one of the most beneficial to me personally that's provided by the federal government. How about you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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