News & Announcements

  • Local Man Nominated for Jail Programs Volunteer of the Year Award

    Thank you to Richard 'Dick' Duffney for his service to inmates in the Becker County Jail. Dick has volunteered nearly 41 years to those incarcerated by leading church services and Gideon's Bible Study in the Jail. Dick was recently nominated for the MN Sheriff's Association Jail Program Volunteer of the Year Award by Vivian Anderson, Jail Programmer. Photo 1...  |  Photo 2...

  • Law Enforcement Officers Receive Recognition Awards

    Several Becker County Sheriff's Department Officers received recognition awards at the Board of Commissioner's meeting on September 20th.
    1) Deputy Matt Gerving, Deputy Daran Borth, and Sgt. Ty Warren each receiving a Letter of Comendation: Photo...
    2) Deputy Chad Peterson, Deputy Daran Borth, and Sgt. Ty Warren each receiving a Letter of Commendation: Photo...
    3) Chief Deputy Shane Richard, Sgt. Andrew Bachmann, Deputy Tony Christensen, and Deputy Adam Douglas, each receiving a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement Using Life Saving Measures: Photo...

  • New County Transfer Station Expected to Open Next Month

    The new $2.9 million Becker County transfer station should be open next month, and it will offer drive-through service to residents and commercial waste haulers alike. Photo... | Read more...

  • Jail Project Status Update

    The Detroit Lakes City Council approved on first reading the annexation of 16.83 acres of County owned land into the City for the County's new jail facility. Becker County's new jail layout will be similar to jails designed by Klein McCarthy Architects at Kanabec County and Douglas County in Minnesota. Read more...  |  Photo 1...  |  Photo 2...

  • County to Set 2017 Proposed Tax Levy

    Becker County is expected Tuesday to set the property tax levy for the 2017 Budget.  Minnesota counties are required by State Law to establish a proposed tax levy on or before September 30, 2016 for the year 2017 and set the date for the public meeting to discuss the budget. The final levy for 2017 cannot exceed this proposed levy.

    The proposed tax levy for 2017 is established as follows:
      Total Proposed Maximum Levy: $19,969,263
      This represents a 4.16% increase.

    It is recognized that this is not the final levy, and the final levy will be established before December 31, 2016 along with the County's entire 2017 budget. The proposed 2017 budget, all funds, is $61,096,434.

    The public meeting (Budget Hearing) to discuss the 2017 budget will be December 8, 2016 at 6:01 p.m. in the Board Room. Questions concerning the proposed 2017 budget may be directed to County Administrator Jack Ingstad at 218-846-7201 or email Jack at jwingst@co.becker.mn.us

  • County Prevails in State Auditor Litigation

    The decision in a recent lawsuit filed by the State Auditor against several Minnesota Counties regarding legislative changes in county auditing laws has been decided mostly in favor of Minnesota counties. Read more...  |  MPR News Story...  |  Court Decision...

  • County's 2017 Budget

    The County Commissioners reviewed the first draft of the County's 2017 budget.  The Commissioners are required by law to set their maximum levy by the end of September to allow for adequate notice to property owners. Read more...

  • County Commissioners Identify Future Jail Site

    Becker County is moving forward with plans to construct a new county jail which is expected to open in August of 2018.  The jail will be located on a parcel of county owned property adjacent to the industrial park on Highway 59. That property is currently being annexed into Detroit Lakes. Read more...

  • Outside Inmate Boarding Costs Expected to exceed $600,000 in 2017, County to Look at Options

    The courts, county and city attorney, probation, sheriff and other county officials met last week to explore cost saving ideas to reduce the increasing costs of inmate boarding. The cost of inmate boarding for just this year is nearing $600,000.

    The group is exploring increased electric home monitoring, increased use of specialty courts, fast track court dates and outstanding warrant policies.

    The entities are expecting to meet again in the next couple of months to further implement these and other cost-saving ideas.

  • Steve Carlson County Assessor Appointed to Four Year Term

    The Becker County Commissioners have reappointed Steve Carlson to another four year term as County Assessor. Carlson's term would have expired at the end of this year if he was not reappointed. Steve's Bio...

  • It's Election Year - Your Vote Counts!

    The 2016 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. Becker County encourages all residents to take an active role in the governing process and exercise your right to vote. Election information can always be accessed at any time on our Election Information page under the Auditor-Treasurer's Office. Polling locations and hours are listed here...

  • County Presented With a "CODE RED" Hero Award

    The Emergency Communications Network (CODE-RED) has presented Becker County with a "Code Red" Hero Award in recognition of system use during the Callaway train derailment. Photo...  |   Letter...

  • Becker County's Highway 59 Property Identified for County's New Correctional Facility

    After the completion of an extensive architectural and engineering review of its current facility, the County Commissioners have decided to locate the county's new correctional facility at a new location. The new location is on county owned land on Highway 59 which is located just outside city limits. The County is expected to take action Tuesday to begin the annexation process. Resolution...

  • Commissioners to Hear Request from Detroit Lakes to Close Airport Road and Help Fund Airport Runway Improvements

    Becker County, as a partner in the Detroit Lakes Airport, will hear a request Tuesday to financially assist in an $18 million airport improvement plan. The anticipated county match is 2 1/2 percent of the total cost of the project. The airport's consultant has indicated that the new airport expansion project will require the closure of Airport Rd. For more information concerning the project please contact County Administration.

  • 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...

  • Important Requirement for Tab Renewals and Title Transfers

    Effective January 1, 2016 you are required to provide proof of insurance (company name, policy number and policy expiration date) for all motor vehicle and motorcycle renewals. In addition you must also provide this information for all motor vehicle and motorcycle title transfers.

  • 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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