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Post offices to be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

On Monday, post offices will be closed to observe the federal holiday honoring the anniversary of the birth of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to the post offices being closed, there will be no mail delivery or retail service.

However, customers are encouraged to still drop their mail in blue street collection boxes so they can be processed starting in the early morning Tuesday, according to a news release from United States Postal Service.

“We want to advise anyone with stamped or metered mail ready for delivery to drop this mail into a blue collection box instead of waiting to do so the following day,” said Peter Allen, central Illinois district manager, in the release. “This also applies to our business customers, many who will still be open during the holiday. We want to get a quick start on processing their mail.”

And for those customers depositing mail Tuesday, Allen advises they drop their mail no later than 3 p.m. in order to get it processed sooner.

Post offices will reopen Tuesday with full mail delivery and retail service. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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