Drought kills Christmas trees while some post offices kill morning hours

Nov 28, 2012

Trees lost in the drought are not covered by farm subsidies.
Trees lost in the drought are not covered by farm subsidies.
Credit Pat Blank / Iowa Public Radio

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many people have begun to deck the halls, gorge on delectable dishes, and send out greeting cards. Well, that last one might become trickier for some rural residents soon. That’s because the United States Postal Service is moving ahead to reduce the hours of thousands of post offices across the country.  Jennifer Davidson has this report from a rural Ozarks community.

Another holiday tradition for many families is a road trip to pick up a Christmas tree. In this story from Harvest Public Media, Pat Blank reports from Iowa that supplies should be good this year, but could be scarce in years to come.