News & Announcements

  • 2015 Preliminary Property Tax Levy Memo

    Minnesota has moved the date for counties to set their preliminary property tax levy back to September 30th. This memo notes this change and contains recommendations from the County Administrator to the County Board regarding setting the 2015 preliminary tax levy. Read more...

  • County Authorizes Funding for AIS Rapid Response at Lake Melissa

    County Commissioners approved Tuesday funding to be available for research and treatment of zebra mussels in Lake Melissa as needed. Up to $10,000 was approved from state AIS Prevention Aid funding.

  • County Purchases AIS Decontamination System 

    Becker County has ordered the Hydroblaster AIS watercraft decontamination system. The unit is portable with a gasoline engine, battery generator and onboard water storage system. Effective watercraft decontamination employs both high-pressure and low pressure operations requiring a variety of attachments to provide operators with the capability to ensure extended high temperature exposure for all surfaces, fixtures, compartments, and plumbing. The decontamination system should be delivered this fall in time for training on the unit.

  • County to Consider $25 Solid Waste Assessment

    County Commissioners will consider a request to reinstate the county's single residence special assessment during its Tuesday, September 9, meeting. The item will be considered at 10:40 am in the commissioner room at the county courthouse in Detroit Lakes. The increase is due to municipal solid waste disposal costs anticipated in 2015.

  • Next County Budget Discussion Set for September 9

    Preliminary budget information will be presented to the County Commission on September 9 to help guide them on setting a preliminary property tax levy. Becker County reduced its property tax levy from the prior year for 2014. In 2014, the County levied $18,549,962. The two largest funds in 2014 were public safety and human services which each account for nearly $6 million of the total. The Highway levy was $2.7 million in 2014.

  • Public Notice - DNR Proposing New Detroit Lake Public Water Access 

    The Parks & Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources has obtained an option to purchase two adjacent parcels of land on North Shore Drive for the purpose of constructing a new public water access. Public comments concerning this proposal will be accepted through September 17th. Read notice...

  • County Commissioners to Discuss Forest Plan and Timber Policy September 9 at 11:30 a.m.

    The Board of County Commissioners will discuss the status of the county's forest plan and review their timber policy. The discussion has been moved to the Board's regularly scheduled meeting on September 9 at the county courthouse in Detroit Lakes.

    The next timber auction is planned for October 10. The auction currently has 12 stands appraised totaling 345 acres. The sale includes a 22 acre Jack Pine stand, 38 acres of Norway Pine thinning, and the rest are all over mature (age 75+) Aspen stands. None of these stands are located in the high biological diversity sites.

  • Transportation Sales Tax (SMART) Discussion Set September 9 at 11:00 a.m.

    The County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on September 9 at 11 a.m. regarding proposed  transportation projects to be funded by the transportation sales tax (SMART) in the county's 2015 budget. See project list...

    The half-percent sales tax for transportation took effect in Becker County on July 1 and is estimated to raise approximately $1 million this year.  The tax was adopted with the intent of completing more than $25 million in county, township and cities projects over the next ten years.  The new revenue source is also expected to reduce the pressure on increases to the county's property tax levy.

  • Final Certified Primary Election Results

    Results have been tabulated from Becker County's August 12 Primary Election. A voting summary report is available on the following page: Primary Election Results.

  • County's Population and Economy Continues to Grow – Future Looks Bright

    Economic development officials from the West Central Initiative presented an overview of economic activity in Becker County to the Board of County Commissioners. Read report...

  • White Earth Nation Human Services Transfer Project

    The White Earth Nation, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is offering an opportunity for tribal members and their families to receive public assistance, currently offered by counties, directly from the White Earth Human Services Division. Until now, only cases for households comprised solely of White Earth Nation members or lineal descendants have been eligible for transfer from the three counties. The White Earth Nation is now ready to manage and determine eligibility for any household containing at least one member of the White Earth Nation. More information...

  • MnDOT Adds Stop Signs to Highway 59 at Becker County Road 22 Near Shoreham

    Upon completion of the Willow Street roundabout, new stop signs will be added to Highway 59 at the intersection with Becker County 22. This will result in the intersection of Highway 59 and Becker County 22 becoming a four way stop. Warning stop ahead signage will also be added to Highway 59.

    In 2017, MnDot will complete a new signal system installation and turn lanes at both Highway 59 and Becker 22. It is hoped that the interim and permanent improvements to the intersection will improve overall safety of the roads. 

  • Tram to Remain Closed Indefinitely

    The tram at Dunton Locks will be closed until further notice. The mechanical boat tram transports boats, PWC, and pontoons between Muskrat Lake and Lake Sallie, allowing boat travel from Detroit Lakes to Shoreham. Questions concerning its operation can be directed to County Administration at 846-7201.

"Sunrise at Dunton Locks"