Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 4, 2005

Howard Lake Postmaster Ron Miller retiring

By Lynda Jensen

After more than 30 years of faithful service, Postmaster Ron Miller retired from the Howard Lake post office last week.

“Nothing will change but me,” he said. He attributed the positive reputation of his post office as being from a solid staff made of good people.What's in it for YOU?

Howard Lake is a high-volume, high-revenue post office, due in part to American Spirit, a marketing and mailing firm, being based in Howard Lake. There is one postal employee who works off site at American Spirit due to this.

“We are busier,” Miller noted.

Miller came to Howard Lake in 1981, taking over the reins from the late Walt “Bud” Peterson. Some may remember Peterson’s colorful plaid attire.

During Miller’s tenure, children enjoyed the post office, either by mailing their letters to Santa, or by enjoying annual tours given there.

Miller enjoyed giving away suckers to kids. He will miss the people most of all, he said.

A funny story he remembers is when an elderly lady in Buffalo gave him a Christmas present one year, which he took home to discover they were her Christmas cards to be mailed – but he got them mailed on time.

Miller’s career in the post office actually started while he was in the military, where he spent four years in the Air Force.

He started by sorting mail in the Minneapolis post office, then went to Golden Valley as a mail carrier.

From there, he spent five years as a mail clerk at the Buffalo post office, before being sworn in as the postmaster for Howard Lake.

All told, Miller spent 36 years in government service. He is originally from Eden Valley.

He and his wife Jean moved to Howard Lake in 1982, where they were attracted by a good school district, he said.

The ‘new guy’

The new postmaster for Howard Lake is Jack Lynch from the Maple Plain post office.

He lives with his family in Independence near Delano, although his aunt and uncle, George and Pat Chaar, live in Howard Lake.

Lynch is a friend of Dale Decker and an amateur baseball fan, he said.

“Dale and I used to pitch against each other,” Lynch said. Lynch spent 15 years coaching amateur baseball in Delano.

Lynch has 22 years of post office experience, along with three years of military service. He was at Maple Plain for 17 years as a bulk mail technician.

He owns All Seasons in Delano, which is managed by his son, Shawn Lynch.

“I’m really looking forward to serving the community,” he said. He noted that Miller’s lengthy service will probably make it easier to bring continuity to the post.

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