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Duane "Buzzer" Koehler is retiring as postmaster of New York Mills. An open house will be held for him July 30. Connie Vandermay/FOCUS

New York Mills postmaster, 'Buzzer,' retires after 42 years

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After 42 years as postmaster of the New York Mills Post Office, Duane "Buzzer" Koehler will retire on July 31, at the age of 72.

Back in 1969, when the cost of a stamp was 6 cents, Koehler was hired to cover two-hour Saturday shifts at the post office. Just a few years later, in 1973, he was appointed to postmaster after the former postmaster retired.

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