News & Announcements

  • Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Counties in Regard to Public Versus Private Audits

    The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of counties in regard to public versus private audits. The decision affirmed that the Court of Appeals' decision from earlier this year, which said that because the State Auditor's Office retains significant duties and responsibilities in connection with audits of Minnesota counties, the law passed in 2015 allowing counties to pursue required audits by either the State Auditor's Office or a private Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm does not violate the Separation of Powers Clause.

    The court's decision stated that:  "Because the duties of the State Auditor are germane to the operation of state government, the Legislature did not violate the Single Subject Clause, Minn. Const. art. IV, § 17, in enacting Minnesota Statutes § 6.481."

    The court did not address the argument concerning "core powers," because it was not necessary to rule on that issue to decide the case. Press release...

  • McDonald Appointed to County Attorney Position

    Brian McDonald will soon become the new Becker County Attorney. McDonald was appointed by the Becker County Board Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Tammy Merkins who was recently named a District Judge. McDonald joined the Becker County Attorney's office as an assistant attorney in early 2013. McDonald has also worked for the Mahnomen County Attorney, a local law firm and as a clerk for a district judge. McDonald will officially become Becker County's attorney upon Merkins departure later this spring.

  • County Selling Surplus Transit Bus via Online Auction

    Becker County is selling a surplus transit bus via the GovDeals auction website. The bus is a 2006 Ford Econoline E-450. The auction ends on April 20th, 2018. Auction page...

  • Public Notice - Seeking Candidates for Pelican River Watershed Board

    The Becker County Board of Commissioners will make two appointments to the Board of Managers of the Pelican River Watershed District. Appointments will be considered at the Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Full notice...

  • Strata Conditional Use Hearing Update

    Strata Corporation and Long Shore Development LLC have tabled their request scheduled for April 10th, 2018 for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for development of a Sand & Gravel Pit mining and processing operation. They've instead requested to be put on the agenda for the Planning Commission public hearing on May 8th, 2018 at 7:00 PM on the third floor of the new courthouse.

  • Becker County Fair Holding Logo Design Contest

    Calling all students, artists, and inspired community members! Becker County Fair is looking for a new visual identity and is seeking out residents to enter a logo design contest. Submissions will be accepted from April 15th through May 15th. More info...

  • Becker County Attorneys Appointed to Fill Judicial Vacancies

    Governer Mark Dayton has appointed Becker County Attorneys - Tammy L. Merkins and Kevin M. Miller to fill Seventh Judicial District vacancies. Congratulations to both appointees! Those interested in applying for the vacant County Attorney position should notify County Administration of their interest. News release...

  • County Employees Provide $2018 Contribution to Food Pantry

    Becker County elected officials and employees held a fundraiser through an online auction and reached their goal of raising $2,018.00 for the Becker County Food Pantry.  Photo...

  • 2018 Seasonal Road Restriction Information

    2018 Seasonal Road Restrictions will go into effect on all Becker County Highways on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Roads will be patrolled and load limits enforced until the signs are removed, approximately mid to late May as conditions improve. More info...  |  Maps...

  • SKYWARN Training Class Scheduled for April 19, 2018

    SKYWARN weather spotter training is coming to Becker County. The class is scheduled for April 19, 2018 at the Becker County Emergency Operations Center. Anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication can join the SKYWARN program. More info...

  • Commissioners Tour Becker County's New Jail Project - Project on Schedule and Budget

    County Commissioners were recently provided a tour of the new county jail by McGough Construction staff. The jail's cell modules are being delivered and the roof of the facility is nearing completion. The project is on budget and is scheduled to open the end of 2018.
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  • County Seeking Individuals to Serve on Planning and Zoning Boards

    Becker County is currently seeking individuals to serve on the Board of Adjustments (District 2) and the Planning Commission (Districts 2 & 4). If interested, you are asked to contact Kyle Vareberg, Planning and Zoning Administrator. For more info, see:
    BOA District 2...  |  PC District 2...  |  PC District 4...

  • Recorder's Office Warns Against Unsolicited Mailings Charging for Deed Records

    As a reminder - the Recorder's office can provide a copy of recorded property deeds at no cost. Many residents have reported receiving unsolicited mailings (example) that are attempting to charge money for something you can obtain for FREE. The office recommends you ignore mailings such as these.

  • Top County News Stories in 2017

    The following stories made Becker County's list of top news stories: Read more...

  • Chairman Knutson Gives 'State of the County' Address

    Becker County Board Chair, Larry Knutson, shared the annual 'State of the County' address at the December 19, 2017 Board of Commissioner's meeting. Watch video...

  • Human Services Unit Receives State Recognition for Timeliness Rate

    Becker County Human Services was informed by the MN Dept of Human Services (DHS) that the Income Maintenance Unit has met the timeliness rate goal of 96% or higher in both SNAP Expedited & 30-Day Processing of application processing for the full year (Jan-Dec 2016), as well as the first three quarters (Jan-Sept 2017) of the current year.  DHS has provided Becker County Human Services with a certificate of congratulations for their efforts. The Becker County Board also expressed their thanks and congratulations at the December 19th board meeting for a job well done. Congratulations, Income Maintenance staff for your hard work!

  • Public Notice - Individuals Sought to Fill Open Board and Committee Positions

    The Becker County Board of Commissioners are seeking individuals interested in volunteering to serve on county Boards or Committees that have current openings. Notice...  |  More info...

  • Public Notice - Local Sales and Use Tax

    Starting July 1, 2014, Becker County will have a 0.5 percent transit sales and use tax. The tax will be administered by the MN Dept. of Revenue and the revenue will be used to fund Becker County road projects (SMART). General notice...  |  More info...

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