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March 9, 2009 8:54 AM

Postage rates are headed up, and in rural Alaska, it matters

The U.S. Postal Service created its "bypass rate" in the 1970s to ease the shipment of cargo to Alaska's rural areas. Now, a rate increase is likely to boost that rate as much as 50 percent. That translates to higher prices for almost everything in Alaska's isolated villages.

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