Albert Lea woman started out as letter carrier in St. James

Published 10:21 am Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It’s all about building a team for one Albert Lea resident.

Mindy Ruhlig has been Albert Lea’s postmaster since March 2016.

Originally from Mountain Lake, Ruhlig first started working for the United States Postal Service following advice from her sister. She was a city carrier in St. James, before filling in as a postmaster in Waseca and then working as a customer service supervisor in Faribault before coming to Albert Lea. She said she has stuck with the Postal Service because it has a lot of opportunities for its employees to build up their careers.

“It’s a good job; you can do what you want,” she said. “Your options are open with the Postal Service. Whatever you want to do, they’ll help you.”

For Ruhlig, the promotion in Albert Lea was the logical next step. She moved to the area with her husband and their four children shortly after starting the position. Ruhlig, 36, said the family has felt welcome in the community and enjoys camping and going on bike rides during the warmer months.

“It’s a really nice area,” she said.

In addition to running the Albert Lea Post Office, Ruhlig also runs seven RMPOs — or remotely managed post offices — in Glenville, Hollandale, Hayward, Twin Lakes, Emmons, Clarks Grove and Conger. She manages 55 employees.

In the long run, Ruhlig said she wants to keep working her way up in the ranks of the postal service. For the time being, though, her focus is on making the Albert Lea and surrounding areas’ postal services as efficient and connected as possible.

“Basically, it’s creating a team here in Albert Lea that I’m trying to work on,” she said.

Mindy Ruhlig

Age: 36

Address: Albert Lea

Livelihood: postmaster

Family: husband and four children

Interesting fact: she and her family like to camp and go on bike rides

About Colleen Harrison

Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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