News & Announcements

  • Commissioner Okeson Presented with Transportation Award

    Becker County Commissioner John Okeson was awarded the William Koniarshi Transportation Award by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance at their annual meeting. The award is presented to an individual, organization or unit of government from the public sector who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment on behalf of improving Minnesota's transportation infrastructure. John has served two years as the chairman of AMC's Transportation Committee and has lobbied the legislature for years on behalf of local transportation issues. Photo...

  • Public Notice - Public Hearing to Discuss 2017 Budget, Highway 5 Year Plan, and SMART Tax Appropriation

    The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6:00 pm on December 8, 2016. This hearing will be used to invite public comment on the 2017 budget, Highway Department 5 year plan, and the SMART Tax appropriation plan. Agenda...

  • County Email System Back Online, Some Communications are Missing

    The County's email system has been restored and has been functioning properly again since Thursday, November 24th. However, due to some database corruption, inbound emails that were received between November 15th and November 24th are unrecoverable. Any emails that were sent to the county during that time period are unavailable and, therefore, we are not able to respond to them. Please resend any necessary email communications that would be affected by this outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • County Seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) for Recycling Center Construction

    Becker County is seeking to contract with an individual or firm to design, construct, and install equipment that will enable the County to clean, sort, and package source separated recyclable commodities collected through the County recycling program. Responses are due December 6, 2016. Recycling Center RFP...

  • 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 - Cormorant Watershed Board of Managers Appointment

    The Becker County Board of Commissioners will be making an appointment to the Board of Managers of the Cormorant Lakes Watershed District. This appointment is for a 3 year term beginning January 1, 2017. Persons interested should contact the County Adminstrator. More info...

  • November 8th General Election - Fantastic Turnout and Successful

    The 2016 General Election saw a HUGE voter turnout in Becker County. County records show a voter turnout of over 93% including a record setting Election Day registration of nearly 2,400 people. The statewide average voter turnout was 74%. Results for Becker County are available on our Election Results page.

  • Denise Warren Appointed Human Services Director

    Becker County has named Denise Warren the County's new Human Services Director. Denise will oversee a department of nearly 120 employees. "Her professional experience and education will serve our agency well," said County Administrator Jack Ingstad. Denise holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an Associate Degree in Accounting. Prior to her employment with Becker County, Denise was Director of Finance for White Earth Tribal and Community College for 11 years.

  • County Remains Financially Strong, Receives Positive Audit

    Becker County now holds Standard and Poors second highest bond rating of AA which speaks to the County having a "very strong" capacity to meet its financial commitments. At the close of 2015, the County's most recently released audit reports a combined ending fund balance of $25,030,430. Read more...

  • 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...

  • 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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