By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN For Diane Borg, her nearly 35-year career at the Howard Lake Post Office has had its moments, and although she’s retiring, she’ll never forget the fun and crazy memories.
Diane’s last day is Monday, Nov. 30, and when asked what she’ll miss most about the job, her answer was simple the people.
She loves interacting with the public, and has also enjoyed getting to know the other post office workers.
“I don’t consider them coworkers I consider them friends,” she said.
Diane and Sue Claessen have been clerks together for more than three decades.
“We always joke that it’s good we get along so well, or it would have been a long 33 years,” Borg said.
Many customers can’t tell them apart, which Diane and Claessen both find hilarious.
“People get us mixed up,” Diane laughed. “Maybe after all these years, we’re starting to look alike.”
Throughout the years, Diane’s had some crazy things happen at the post office, she said, like the time a woman’s car crashed right into the post office lobby.
“Of course, I was alone at the time, too,” Diane said. “There was a lot of flying glass, but luckily, there was no one in the lobby, and no one was hurt.”
The woman thought her car was in park, but apparently she had been mistaken.
“It happened to be her birthday that day,” Diane added.
There have also been a few medical emergencies at the post office.
“We had to call the ambulance a few times,” she said.
Diane said she’s gotten some strange phone calls at the post office, as well.
“I had a lady call once and ask how much a 29 cent stamp was,” she laughed. “I actually had to pause for a minute.”
A lot has changed since Diane’s first day of work.
“When I started, there were no computers, so that was a big change,” she said. “Everything was done by hand.”
Overall, technology has made things better, she said, but “there were good and bad points.”
Years ago, they had to use carbon paper for everything, and Diane said she’s doesn’t miss having to make triple and quadruple copies of everything.
Diane was 26 when she first started at the post office. She and her husband, Ed, had just built a house, and Diane was looking for a part-time job.
When her sons, Eric and Steve, were young, Diane worked about two hours a day, and later went up to about five or six hours per day.
Eric now lives in Howard Lake, and Steve lives in Winsted. Diane and Ed live in the country, between the two towns.
Diane, Ed, and their two sons all graduated from Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.
Now that she’s retiring, Diane is excited to spend more time with her family and work on scrapbooks and crafts. She has grandchildren ages 14, 12, and 2.5, and one more on the way.
“I’m running to sporting events for the older ones and baby sitting the little one,” she said.
Diane also enjoys gardening.
“My mother was a flower nut, and I’ve kind of become one as I’ve gotten older,” she laughed.
Even though she is looking forward to more free time, Diane said she’ll miss seeing people from the community every day.
“I really enjoy working the window and interacting with the public,” she said. “I’ve always treated them how I’d want to be treated.”
She won’t be at the post office now, but Diane said she hopes to stay in close contact with the friends she’s made throughout the years.
“I’ll be around,” she said. “I’ll do coffee.”