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Min. or MN

I vaguely remember in school being taught to use 2 state abreviations, but it seemed like this was a switch from using longer aberviations, like Min for Minnesota verses MN. Any older Otters remember this switch, and why and how it was done? I assume it was some sort of push by the Post Office...
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Are you writing a scientific manuscript?
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Are you looking for abbreviations or Postal Codes?
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USPS still goes with 2 letters
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For the PO, always use the 2 letter. Otherwise, as long as people know what you're talking about, the other abreviation should be fine.

Like if you said I made a stop in St. Paul, Minn. I'm pretty sure that's ok.
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Sometime in the late eighties, early nineties the USPS mandated that each state had to come up with a two letter abbreviation Florida could no longer use FLA, but FL.
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I know that you use the 2 letter abreviation for the post office, and i know you would be fine using the abreviations other places. Actually I'm fairly certain you'd get away with it at the post office too, i mean all they really need is zip code.

I was just wondering when and why the change was done, and figured it was something like what Brain Stew mentioned, that it was something mandated by the USPS.
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Wow..that's a profound thing to wonder about.....

I usually ponder how many of those yummy green sour patch kids I'm going to get in the bag.....
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
Wow..that's a profound thing to wonder about.....

I usually ponder how many of those yummy green sour patch kids I'm going to get in the bag.....
Admittedly this topic came up in a drunken conversation last night, not sure exactly how....
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I always go with MN.

Another northerner.... good to see

I'm about 45 minutes south of you tublecane.
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I don't remember anyone ever use the 3 characters abreviations. It has always been 2 character abreviations as far as I remember.
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It used to be Minn. before the two letter abreviation.
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WHOOOO! MINNESOTA REPRESENT!

The link posted by Minor Threat is quite accurate. Great info.

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