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Somerset Post Office wins 'most improved' honor

Will Jones, post office operations manager, presented a certificate to Ann Grahovoc, officer in charge at the Somerset post office, and Debbie Thompson, retail associate. Grahovac and Thompson sold almost $1,500 in breast cancer awareness stamps during October 2010. They were in the top five out of 900 post offices in the Minnesota and western Wisconsin area.

In this economy, having a sales increase of 100 percent is not too shabby.

The staff at the Somerset Post Office were recently recognized for their sales of the Breast Cancer stamp during the month of October.

They went from selling zero in October 2009 to selling $1,496.55 in October 2010.

Natalie Sorvari, manager of consumer affairs for the northland district out of Minneapolis, said that this was the first year they tried to wage a friendly competition between the 900 offices in the district to sell the stamps during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"They did a fabulous job," said Sorvari. "They were the No. 1 in sales increase; the top selling office made just over $2,000."

The stamp is available year round and is selling for 55 cents, 11 cents above the regular retail stamps. The proceeds go toward breast cancer research.

"Since 1998 when we introduced the stamp, we've been able to raise $72.2 million for research," said Sorvari.

Ann Grahovac, officer in charge at the Somerset post office, said that she and Debbie Thompson, retail associate, worked hard to inform customers of the stamp.

"We asked people who came in asking for a book of stamps if they would like to try the breast cancer research stamp," said Grahovac. "A lot of them bought them because it goes for a great cause."

She also said that they set up a big display and gave away a pink ribbon bumper sticker for each book of stamps sold.

Sorvari and Will Jones, post office operations manager, visited the Somerset post office on Wednesday, Jan. 26, to present a certificate to the staff and to buy them an appreciation breakfast.