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Two Brainerd UPS employees to retire after 30-plus years

There was some kidding and some crying Friday at the United Parcel Service (UPS) center in the Brainerd Industrial Park. Bernie Finch, the morning customer counter clerk, and Joleen Ledoux, who also works the morning shift, were scheduled to work...

There was some kidding and some crying Friday at the United Parcel Service (UPS) center in the Brainerd Industrial Park.

Bernie Finch, the morning customer counter clerk, and Joleen Ledoux, who also works the morning shift, were scheduled to work their last days at UPS on Friday after 30-plus years.

"It's a sob story," manager Joe Laber said of the days leading up to their retirement. "They're awfully appreciated by the company and all their customers."

Finch has been with UPS for 37 years. Ledoux has been with UPS for 35 years.

Laber said the two employees have worked at UPS longer than many of their co-workers have been alive.

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Jessica Doud has gone to UPS about two or three times a week during the 11 years she's worked at the Gallery in downtown Brainerd.

"I was sad today to hear her (Finch's) voice for the last time," she said Friday.

Doud said it's not unusual to get a motherly hug from Finch when she picks up parcels. She described the clerk as sweet and perceptive, whether she sees her in person or talks with her on the phone.

"You can just see the smile in her voice," Doud said.

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