News & Announcements

  • County Offices Closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23rd & 24th

    Becker County offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

  • Law Enforcement Officers Presented with 'Lifesaver' Awards

    Three local law enforcement officers were presented with 'Lifesaver' awards at the November 21 Board of Commissioners meeting. The three were recognized for their life saving actions while responding to an August incident. Read more... | Award Pic...

  • Highway Dept Employee Recognized for Placement in State Snow Plow Competition

    Highway Department employee Mike Bellanger was recoginzed by the County Commissioners for his placement in the State Snow Plow Competition. Congratulations Mike! Photo...

  • County Budget Hearing Set for December 14 at 6 P.M.

    The public hearing for the County's 2018 Budget is set for December 14. The meeting, set to start at 6 p.m., will also include a review of the County's 5 Year Road Plan and SMART Tax.

    The proposed county budget includes a 3.5 levy increase to fund the $663,000 bond payment for the new jail as well as $600,000 for the cost of boarding inmates outside the county until the new jail is completed. The new jail is scheduled to open in December of 2018.

    For information regarding the county budget please contact Jack Ingstad at 218-846-7201 or email him at

  • Notice - Homestead Exclusion Filing Deadline is December 15, 2017

    The Becker County Assessor's Office would like to remind property owners that the filing deadline for the homestead exclusion is December 15, 2017. This can affect the amount of property tax you pay in 2018, and it may affect your eligibility for a property tax refund. More info...

  • Notice - Public Comment Requested for Newly Proposed Sand & Gravel Pit

    Becker County has released an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for public comment. Strata Corporation is proposing to develop a new sand & gravel pit approximately two (2) miles west of Detroit Lakes. News release...  |  EAW Worksheet...

  • County Promotes New Jail Administrator

    The Becker County Sheriff's Office has announced that Paula Peterson has been promoted to the Jail Administrator position. Paula has been an employee of the Sheriff's Office since 2000. Congratulations Paula!

  • 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...

  • Becker County Sheriff's Office K9 "Cooper" Has Received Body Armor

    Becker County Sheriff's Office K9 "Cooper" has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Read more...  |  Pic 1...  |  Pic 2...

  • Human Resources Dept. Using New Online Application System

    The Becker County HR Department has released new online application software. To the applicant the process will appear to be just a part of the County Website but behind the scenes the applicant will actually be entering the protected portable/site of Applicant Stack. The process will create efficiencies for not only the applicant but for the County management team. Click on the "Jobs" icon on the County's main page and check it out!

  • Design Stamping of Concrete Panels for New County Jail Approved for Production

    The architectural plans have been approved and the permit has been issued to start construction of the new Becker County Jail.  The County also has given design approval for the production of the concrete panels that will frame the facility.  The stamped concrete design will create an interesting and textured look to an otherwise standard precast concrete building.   Jail cell production is also underway with delivery of the cells to the construction site this fall.  The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018. Pic 1...  |  Pic 2...

  • Construction Improvements to Take Place on County Highway 25

    According to the Becker County Highway Department, construction improvements will begin on Co. Hwy. 25 on August 14, 2017. Due to this construction, there will be road closure and a detour for part of the time. The expected completion date is the end of October. More info...

  • Economic Indicators Remain Strong for County

    Becker County's unemployment rate has dropped to less than 3.7 percent indicating more evidence of an improving economy. The presentation on the county's economy was provided by  West Central Initiate (WCI) to County Commissioners this week.

    WCI's snapshot of Becker County showed an increase in population of 3,535 residents since 2000. The largest employment industry was healthcare and social assistance with an average weekly wages of $745. The highest average weekly wage was in public administration at $878.  The report showed Becker County was in need of a larger workforce, affordable housing, expanded broadband coverage and more child care openings. The industries with the most need include education, health services, trade, transportation, utilities, professional services and hospitality.

    In 2015, 8 percent of the region's population of 228,562 was from a minority group. The area's population of over 65 will continue to grow and greatly impact communities, the workforce and services. For more economic information contact WCI at 800-735-2239.

  • County Gives Final Approval to McGough to Begin Jail Construction

    County Commissioners have approved a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $19,779,927 with McGough Construction to build the County's new jail. The GMP includes a sales tax of approximately $500,000 which will be returned to Becker County by the State of Minnesota. Another 2.6% of the total project cost or $501,000 is being held as contingency for the project. Any remaining contingency at the end of the project will also be returned to the County. The jail construction project will be in full swing next month with the arrival of the structural steel and precast concrete. Road, sewer and water improvements are also moving forward as scheduled. The jail is slated to open late next year.

  • New 'Single Stream' Recycling Program Begun in Area Cities

    A new way to recycle is available to those living within the city limits of Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Audubon, and Lake Park. Single-stream recycling allows residents to place plastics, paper, metal, cartons, and cardboard together in one container. Announcement...  |  More info...  |  Collection days...

  • New Initiative for Free Recycling of Ag and Boat Plastic Wrap

    Becker County Environmental Services announces a new business related plastic recycling opportunity. Collection canisters, free of charge, may be available for qualifying farms, dairies, and other related businesses. Read more...

  • 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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