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Wisconsin teens take flying leap to deliver mail

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LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) -- The main worry for mail carriers in southern Wisconsin is neither dogs nor snow nor gloom of night. It's plunging into a lake.

A never-stopping boat delivers mail to dozens of mansions on Lake Geneva during the summer. The carriers are hired to jump off a large boat, put the mail in mailboxes on the dock and then scurry back to the boat. An ill-timed jumper could fall in the drink.

The U.S. Postal Service says it's the only delivery like it in the nation and has been run since 1916. The boat carries about 150 people who watch the mail delivery, sometimes cheering for carriers when they safely return to the boat.

Though the post office lost $3.8 billion last year and has made cutbacks, officials say the Lake Geneva route is expected to stay awhile. The contract for it is just $1 a year.

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