WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Al Franken is fighting to keep the mail processing facility in Waite Park open.  During a news conference today (Thursday), Franken says he wants the U.S. Postal Service to keep six day delivery, First Class mail standards at next day delivery, and the rural Post Offices and Distribution Centers open.

He says, rather than cutting back on services, they should be looking at ways to reinvent themselves.

Franken says there's an urgency with the issue, because a moratorium on not making any changes will run out on May 15th.  Franken wants his fellow Senators to pass legislation to block the Postal Services plans.

There are 117 post offices and five distribution facilities in Minnesota that are marked for being closed.