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      Tiny Rudolph has big Christmas spirit

      In the tiny Wood County community of Rudolph, a perennial Holiday tradition is as bright as a red glowing red nose this year.

      Workers at the Rudolph Post Office are very busy again this year with the task of hand stamping letters with their famous Rudolph Reindeer Station postmarks. By the time the season is over, they'll have probably hand stamped over 100,000 cards, letters and packages. Many of them have been sent to Rudolph from faraway points around the world, including France, Netherlands and Germany.

      It has become a tradition and special community event as every year, Post Mistress Jan Bauman, and her assistant Charlotte Lamb meet and greet the customers with coffee and cookies and plenty of Rudolph replicas, including one that sings his own song. Even, Jan Bauman gets into the spirit as she sings the holiday favorite while stamping each card with the festive postmark. Both women say that even though it's a lot of extra work, they both enjoy this time of the year and the warm feelings of community this event gives them in this small Southern Wood County community.

      This weekend, a special event will be held as everyone is invited to the Post Office at the corner of Rudolph and Mermill Roads for a special celebration and a visit from Rudolph for the kids.