Nielsen looks to retire in Mexico


Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Nels Nielsen at the front counter of the Petersburg Post Office on his last day at work on Friday. Nielsen said he spent most of his time over the past 14 years of his career helping customers at the front counter.

Nels Nielsen spent last Friday at the Petersburg Post Office like it was any other day. He helped customers retrieve long awaited packages and mail letters. The only thing that was different were the balloons hanging throughout the lobby congratulating him on his retirement after 28 years with the United States Postal Service.

Originally from northern California, Nielsen arrived in Petersburg in 1978 to work at Petersburg Fisheries. After 14 years working at the cannery, he began working at the post office in 1992.

He started out as a part-time office clerk, though it could hardly be calle...

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