The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 26, 2013

New Ulm Red Cross to close

By Robb Murray

---- — MANKATO — The New Ulm office of the American Red Cross will close next month and its duties will be absorbed by other locations, including the Mankato office.

Melanie Tschida, CEO of the Red Cross' southern Minnesota Region, said the move was a cost-saving measure. The change will result in the loss of one job, that of Executive Director Sandy Radloff. She has been on the job for more than 10 years, Tschida said.

“She's been the face of the Red Cross for many years and people will miss seeing her,” Tschida said. “She's been a very dedicated employee.”

The office will close for good Oct. 4. Tschida said the Red Cross is primarily a volunteer-run organization, and they'll try to fill the void in New Ulm with volunteers. When they can't, staff from Mankato and other area Red Cross locations will be used. They will not be adding any staff to take on the additional work of servicing the New Ulm area.

New Ulm isn't the only city losing a Red Cross storefront. The Albert Lea location also will close and merge with the office in Austin. The Olivia office also has been closed.

Fundraising is still expected to remain local. Money collected in the New Ulm area will be used for local services.

The southern Minnesota region covers 31 counties and stretches to the borders of Wisconsin and Iowa.