Utilities Billing Clerk Linda Riebe, who has been a friendly face and point of contact for the Detroit Lakes public for nearly 45 years, is retiring from the city on Thursday, April 1. People are invited to stop by the City Administration Building, at 1025 Roosevelt Avenue, between March 29 and April 1 to wish her well.

Linda Riebe is pictured here with City Administrator Kelcey Klemm at the city offices in 2020. Klemm is holding a paver stone Riebe made for the city's sesquicentennial celebration. (Submitted Photo)
Linda Riebe is pictured here with City Administrator Kelcey Klemm at the city offices in 2020. Klemm is holding a paver stone Riebe made for the city's sesquicentennial celebration. (Submitted Photo)

Riebe has been working for Detroit Lakes since October 1976, when she was hired as an accountant. She has filled a number of different roles for the city over the years, including filling in as the municipal liquor store manager for a time.

As a Utilities Billing Clerk, Riebe works with public utilities customers every day. She’s spoken to just about everybody in town and is known for her uncanny ability to recognize and remember people by name. Her coworkers have called her “a walking archive of information.”

In 2008, Riebe was recognized for her excellent customer service with the Chamber of Commerce’s Super Service Award. She plans to volunteer for the local hospice program in her retirement.