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Minnesota native Vernell Roberts started work as the new general manager of Detroit Lakes' Public Utilities Department last month, supervising the electric, water, wastewater and LakesNet internet service systems. He has over 34 years of experience in the utilities business.He and his wife Sharon have one grown daughter who lives in Colorado with her husband and son -- their first grandchild. Photo by Vicki Gerdes

Roberts takes reins of DL's public utilities

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Though he's only been on board as the general manager of Detroit Lakes Public Utilities for about a month, Vernell Roberts is no stranger to the lakes area -- or to the utilities industry.


"I was born and raised in the Henning-Deer Creek area," he said. "I've been in the utilities business for a little over 34 years now."

Roberts got his start in the industry as a contractor, working on the construction of transmission power lines.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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