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Denice Phillips-Kunze, of Perham, is retiring from her job as Park Rapids postmaster. Until 2007, she was postmaster in Perham. Forum Communications photo

Long-time local postmaster, Denice Phillips-Kunze, retires after 32 years

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Thirty-two years ago, Denice Phillips-Kunze would strap on a mail satchel full of letters, then pile the circulars on top of the bag and trudge 12 miles through her mail route.


"The bag was as big as me," the diminutive woman laughed. "I was young."

Phillips-Kunze retires as Park Rapids' postmaster at the end of this month.  She was offered an early buyout during the service's massive reorganization, so she decided to take it.

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