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  • County Computer Network Coming Back Online Following Cyber Attack

    Several of the County's networked systems are now back online following an extensive cyber attack that occured early Wednesday morning. Most major public facing and internal systems are restored and functioning. Please be aware that you may notice some missing data or functionality, but work is still being done to remedy certain parts of the network.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Career Opportunity - County Seeking Jail Administrator

    Becker County is seeking applicants for the position of Jail Administrator. The position has the overall responsibility for all operations of the correctional facilities for Becker County and reports to the County Sherrif. For more information, see the position profile or the employment page.

  • Public Notice - Tax Forfeited Land Sale Auction to be Held on September 23rd

    Becker County will be selling over 55 parcels at our upcoming Public Tax Forfeited auction on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The sale includes lots within area cities and acreage in numerous townships.
    Notice...  |  More info...

  • 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.

  • School Supply Drive to Help Families in Need

    Back to school time is just around the corner. A school supply drive is up and running for the benefit of lakes area students in need. Supplies will be collected at various locations until August 22nd. More info...

  • County Seeking Bids for Recylced Material Recovery Facility Project

    Mutchler Bartram Architects (MBA) on behalf of Becker County is currently soliciting bids for Construction Package for the Becker County Material Recovery Facility located at 24413 County Road 144, Detroit Lakes, MN. Bid Invitation...  |  Bid Form...  |  Addendums: #1...  #2...  #3...  |  Drawings...

  • County Begins Preparation of 2018 Budget – Funding for New Jail and Major Airport Improvement Included

    Becker County's 2018 budget will include funding for a new county jail and significant airport design and improvements. The 2018 budget timeline kicks off on August 11th, with department budgets being due then, and ends with a final budget adoption on December 19th. Read more...

  • County Soliciting Bids for New Jail Construction Project

    McGough Construction Co., LLC on behalf of Becker County, is currently soliciting bids for Construction Package Two (CP2) for the Becker County Jail Project in Detroit Lakes, MN. This includes all scopes of work except for Precast and Structural Steel which have already been awarded. Invitation to Bid...  |  Bid Form...

  • 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...

  • Court of Appeals Affirms Right of Counties to Hire Private CPA Firms for Audits

    The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court's decision and upheld the statute allowing counties to hire private CPA firms to conduct their audits. Three counties, Becker, Ramsey and Wright, were specifically named in a lawsuit filed by State Auditor Rebecca Otto in which Otto contended the statute passed by the legislature in 2015 violated the core function of the Office of the State Auditor (SOA) to be able to perform annual audits. Officials remain uncertain why Otto only sued three counties including Becker County.

  • Dunton Locks Boat Tram Open for Summer Season

    The Dunton Locks Park mechanical boat tram connecting Lake Sallie and Muskrat Lake is open on weekends for the summer season. More info...

  • New Online Map Available - Public Water Access

    Becker County Parks and Recreation is providing a new online map - Public Water Access within Becker County. The map shows the public lake access points and provides information pertaining to each location. Open map...

  • 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...

Community Health News and Happenings...
  • School Supply Drive to Help Families in Need

    Back to school time is just around the corner. A school supply drive is up and running for the benefit of lakes area students in need. Supplies will be collected at various locations until August 22nd. More info...

Emergency Management News...
  • 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...

Environmental Services News...
  • 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...

  • New Program - Recycling at Events Initiative

    In an effort to increase recycling in our community, Becker County is launching a 'special event' recycling program for its residents. Whether it is a picnic, reunion, sporting event, or show, we can provide assistance, guides and bins for your use during your event. More info...  |  Guide...

Highway Department News...
  • 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...

  • Highway Department Annual Report Available

    A detailed annual report highlighting the activities, programs, and budget of the Becker County Highway Department for the year ending 12/31/2016 is now available online. Annual Report...

Human Services News...
  • 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). 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 April 18th board meeting for a job well done. Congratulations, Income Maintenance staff for your hard work!

  • Public Notice - MFIP Bienniel Service Agreement Available for Review

    The Becker County Human Services Department is developing the Minnesota Family Investment Program Plan for 2016-2017. Citizen participation is invited and encouraged in the development of this plan and the intended use of these funds. More info...  | Review plan...

  • 2016-2017 Child Care Assistance Program Plan

    Counties and tribes must submit a biennial Child Care Plan to the Commissioner of DHS. The 2016-2017 Becker County and Tribal Child Care Plan is now available for public review and comment. View plan...

Motor Vehicle News...
  • 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.

Recorder's Office News...
  • iDoc - Search Becker County Land Records 24/7

    Document searches and land record viewing has never been easier! Search Becker County land records 24/7 with a credit card at www.idocmarket.com.

Sheriff's Office News...
  • Becker County Sheriff's Office K9 "Cooper" to Get Body Armor

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

  • Becker Dog & Handler Team Wins Trophy at Competition

    Congratulations to Deputy Cody Bouchie and Canine Cooper, who attended the USPCA Narcotics Certification Trials on March 5th in West Fargo. The team received a first place trophy for the room search trials. More info...

  • Enrollees Graduate from DWI Court Program

    On Thursday, March 2, 2017, White Earth Nation/Becker County DWI Court had their first two enrollees graduate from the program. Becker County would like to extend a sincere congratulations to the graduates! Pic 1...  |  Pic 2...  |  Program Info...

  • Becker County Deputies Presented with 'Lifesaver' Awards

    Deputies Ben Bruce, Cody Bouchie and Brian Maloney all recently received Certificates of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement Using Lifesaving Measures. Cogratulations to each of these individuals. Awards were presented by Becker County Board Chair, Larry Knutson, Safety Director, Dick Goodmanson, and Sheriff Todd Glander. Photo...

  • TRIAD Program - Seniors, Law Enforcement & Community Groups Working Together

    The sole purpose of the TRIAD program is to promote senior safety and to reduce the fear of crime that seniors often experience. More information...

BSWCD News...
  • Brink Lake Shoreline Restoration Project Featured on TV3

    Lakes TV3 recently aired a 'Spotlight on Frazee' segment featuring a shoreline restoration project that involved the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District. Watch video...