FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ After 17 years as Santa's helper, Luann Gross is retiring next month from the U.S. Postal Service in downtown Fargo.
Since 1995, Gross has helped Santa answer letters mailed to the North Pole from children in Fargo and nearby communities. For the past century, local postmasters have been authorized to let postal employees help Santa respond to letters.
Gross says the letters she remembers the most are from kids who ask for things for other people or who ask for just one thing instead of long lists of requests.
Gross started working for the postal service in 1984 and began responding to letters to Santa in 1995.