Lake Street, Minnehaha post offices destroyed in Floyd unrest are missed by community

As fire consumed dozens of businesses along E. Lake Street in the unrest following the death of George Floyd, the Minnehaha and Lake Street post offices were reduced to gaping, charred hulks.

Now the United States Postal Service (USPS) is “exploring many options” to re-establish itself in the south Minneapolis neighborhoods affected by the recent fires and looting.

“We are already moving forward to provide customers a local facility to call their own,” said Nicole Hill, a USPS spokeswoman, in an e-mail. “It is too early in the process to provide a timeline.”

But the simple scrawl on the remains of the Minnehaha post office seemed to reflect the neighbors’ views: “Rebuild!!!”

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