News & Announcements

  • 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:
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  • 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 Hearing Held December 14 on County Budget

    The annual public hearing on the County's 2018 Budget was held on Thursday December 14 at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse in Detroit Lakes.

    The 2018 budget reflects a 3.5 percent levy increase. Capital projects included in next year's budget include a new county jail and significant improvements to the Becker County/Detroit Lakes Airport. The County was able to avoid a 19 percent cost increase to the employee health insurance by moving to the Minnesota Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP) next year.

    Questions concerning the budget should be directed to Jack Ingstad at

  • 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 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...

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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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