ST. CLOUD, Minn. - If you have an old or damaged rural mail box or one supported by an illegal structure, now is a good time to repair or replace it before the ground freezes, advises the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Every winter, MnDOT receives complaints of snowplows damaging mailboxes, said Randy Reznicek, maintenance superintendent in MnDOT's central Minnesota District 3B. Most often the damage results from rusted mailboxes and posts that do not stand up to heavy snow thrown by plowing. Reznicek said each complaint is investigated, and the snowplow operators also report any damage that might have occurred on their route and will repair or replace the structure if damaged by a plow.
The department reminds residents in rural Minnesota that: