1/21/2018 9:46:00 AM Kim Hughes retires after nearly 30 years at USPS People make an impact
By Ally Garbe of Press-Citizen
Kim Hughes of Outing has worked for the US Postal Service since she was in her 30's. She took the job part time to buy herself a car. It's turned into a career where she climbed through the ranks of the Postal Service to become Post Master of a number of locations, most recently in Remer.
Before working for USPS, Kim mostly stayed at home to take care of her four children, but always did some kind of work.
She grew up on a resort in Outing with her two sisters. Since she was a kid, she was always helping out - usually with customer service. One of her sisters still lives in Outing, as does her 95 year old father, while her other sister resides in Montana.
She and her sisters went to Northland school, as well as her children, who are now 30-41, collectivlye having 8 kids of their own. Her two sons live in the Emily/Outing area, and her two daughters live in the Twin Cities.
Before Kim took her first USPS job in Outing in 1990, she worked as Clerk/Deputy Clerk at Crooked Lake Township. She remained at Outing's Post Office for six years and worked in Cross Lake as a Part Time Flexible employee. In 2000, she became Postmaster of Ironton's location for fifteen years. She then transferred to Remer's Post Office as Postmaster. "It was kind of like comming home," she commented with a smile on her face. Throughout her career, she has had a number of Officer in Charge positions.
When she began her career with USPS, she was told she would never get a computer in her office. Now, her equipment is constantly being updated and changed. She was trained entirely by USPS when she took her first position. "Before this, I did some schooling at VOTEC for word processing, but as far as I'm concerned, USPS provided all of my 'further education'," Kim remembered.
She and her coworkers receive constant hands-on and continuing education as programs and processes change. She feels that working for the USPS as provided opprotunities for herself and her family.
Kim is looking forward to focusing on her family. Her husband of 33 years is semi-retired as a self-employeed "Jack of all trades" in the Remer, Outing and Emily area.
"I'd like to visit someplace warm to begin with, maybe Hawaii," she interjected hopefully.
Her coworker Rosie is incredibly happy for Kim in her retirement, and is glad she's leaving on her own terms. "Kim is so good hearted," Rosie mentioned to me as we were finishing up.
"My favorite part about this job has been the people," Kim said emotionally. "I'm going to have to come visit. I'll miss the friends I've made here."
Kim's last day at the Remer Post Office will be January 30th.