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  • County Broadband Survey - Your Input is Wanted!

    Please take a few minutes to fill out the Becker County Broadband Survey. Your input will help document demand for broadband throughout the county. We will map this demand and share the results of the survey with current and prospective providers in hopes of facilitating partnerships that lead to state broadband grants that would make broadband deployments affordable in our rural areas. Thank you for participating! Survey link...

  • Planning Commission Adopts Findings for Strata Application

    The Planning Commission met on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 a.m. and adopted the recommmended findings of fact for the conditional use permit request from Strata Corporation. The Planning Commission adopted the following findings: Findings Report...

  • Candidate Filing Period for the November Election Begins on May 22nd

    The candidate filing period for the November General Election begins at 8:00 AM on May 22nd and closes at 5:00 PM on June 5th. Several Becker County offices will be on the ballot this fall. For up to date filing information please the State of MN Candidate Filings site.

  • Sheriff's Office Selling Vehicles via Auction

    The BCSO is selling vehicles at Mid-State Auto Auction in New York Mills on May 24th at 3:45 PM. Vehicles include: 2009 Chevy Impala (150K), 2012 Chevy Impala (187K), 2011 Ford Crown Victoria (140K), 2012 Dodge Charger (143K), and 2009 Chevy Pickup (132K).

  • New Tool on Website - Corner Certificates Online

    The Recorder's office is now making all recorded Corner Certificates available to find via search and to download directly from the website. This new online service is intended to help improve customer service for those interested parties by allowing self-service access to the documents at their convenience. Please see our Corner Certificates Online page.

  • Invitation for Quotes - Demolition Project

    The Natural Resources Management Department is seeking quotes for demolition on a Wolf Lake property. Quotes are due by 12:00 p.m. on June 6. More details...

  • Invitation To Bid - County Seeking Contract for Forest System Road Brushing

    Sealed bids will be received by the Land Commissioner for the purpose of letting a contract for Forest System Road brushing of approx. 48 miles of minimum maintenance Forest System roads throughout the county. Bids are due by July 2nd at 12:00 p.m. Invitation to bid...

  • Notice - Top 3 Paid Base Employees

    MN Statute 471.701 SALARY DATA: A city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees. This notice may be provided on the home page of the primary Web site maintained by the political subdivision for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days, in a publication of the political subdivision that is distributed to all residents in the political subdivision, or as part of the annual notice of proposed property taxes prepared under section 275.065.

    County Adminstrator, Jack Ingstad, $118,003
    County Attorney, Tammy Merkins, $108,821
    County Highway Engineer, James Olson, $95,014

  • Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Counties in Regard to Public Versus Private Audits

    The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of counties in regard to public versus private audits. The decision affirmed that the Court of Appeals' decision from earlier this year, which said that because the State Auditor's Office retains significant duties and responsibilities in connection with audits of Minnesota counties, the law passed in 2015 allowing counties to pursue required audits by either the State Auditor's Office or a private Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm does not violate the Separation of Powers Clause.

    The court's decision stated that:  "Because the duties of the State Auditor are germane to the operation of state government, the Legislature did not violate the Single Subject Clause, Minn. Const. art. IV, § 17, in enacting Minnesota Statutes § 6.481."

    The court did not address the argument concerning "core powers," because it was not necessary to rule on that issue to decide the case. Press release...

  • McDonald Appointed to County Attorney Position

    Brian McDonald will soon become the new Becker County Attorney. McDonald was appointed by the Becker County Board Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Tammy Merkins who was recently named a District Judge. McDonald joined the Becker County Attorney's office as an assistant attorney in early 2013. McDonald has also worked for the Mahnomen County Attorney, a local law firm and as a clerk for a district judge. McDonald will officially become Becker County's attorney upon Merkins departure later this spring.

  • Strata Conditional Use Hearing Update

    Strata Corporation and Long Shore Development LLC have tabled their request scheduled for April 10th, 2018 for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for development of a Sand & Gravel Pit mining and processing operation. They've instead requested to be put on the agenda for the Planning Commission public hearing on May 8th, 2018 at 7:00 PM on the third floor of the new courthouse. More info...

  • Becker County Attorneys Appointed to Fill Judicial Vacancies

    Governer Mark Dayton has appointed Becker County Attorneys - Tammy L. Merkins and Kevin M. Miller to fill Seventh Judicial District vacancies. Congratulations to both appointees! Those interested in applying for the vacant County Attorney position should notify County Administration of their interest. News release...

  • County Employees Provide $2018 Contribution to Food Pantry

    Becker County elected officials and employees held a fundraiser through an online auction and reached their goal of raising $2,018.00 for the Becker County Food Pantry.  Photo...

  • 2018 Seasonal Road Restriction Information

    2018 Seasonal Road Restrictions will go into effect on all Becker County Highways on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Roads will be patrolled and load limits enforced until the signs are removed, approximately mid to late May as conditions improve. More info...  |  Maps...

  • 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:
    BOA District 2...  |  PC District 2...  |  PC District 4...

  • 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 - 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...

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...
  • 2018 Seasonal Road Restriction Information

    2018 Seasonal Road Restrictions will go into effect on all Becker County Highways on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Roads will be patrolled and load limits enforced until the signs are removed, approximately mid to late May as conditions improve. More info...  |  Maps...

  • 2nd St Bridge Replacement Project in the City of Lake Park

    The Lake Park 2nd St. bridge replacement project begins March 1, 2018. The bridge will be replaced one half at a time. The project is expected to be completed and fully open to traffic by late September 2018. News release...

  • 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...

  • 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), 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!

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.

Natural Resources Mgmt News...
  • Invitation for Quotes - Demolition Project

    The Natural Resources Management Department is seeking quotes for demolition on a Wolf Lake property. Quotes are due by 12:00 p.m. on June 6. More details...

  • Invitation To Bid - County Seeking Contract for Forest System Road Brushing

    Sealed bids will be received by the Land Commissioner for the purpose of letting a contract for Forest System Road brushing of approx. 48 miles of minimum maintenance Forest System roads throughout the county. Bids are due by July 2nd at 12:00 p.m. Invitation to bid...

Recorder's Office News...
  • New Tool on Website - Corner Certificates Online

    The Recorder's office is now making all recorded Corner Certificates available to find via search and to download directly from the website. This new online service is intended to help improve customer service for those interested parties by allowing self-service access to the documents at their convenience. Please see our Corner Certificates Online page.

  • State Dept. Promoting Family Travel Campaign

    The U.S. Department of State's family travel campaign promotes parents applying early for their child's passport before the busy summer travel season. The campaign runs through May and June. As part of the campaign, people are encouraged to watch a short video that explains how to apply for a child's passport. Watch video...

  • Passport Fees Set to Increase on April 2nd

    Beginning Monday, April 2, 2018 the passport acceptance fee will increase from $25.00 to $35.00, per the U.S. Department of State. Other fees for passport application services remain the same.

  • 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.

  • 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...
  • Sheriff's Office Selling Vehicles via Auction

    The BCSO is selling vehicles at Mid-State Auto Auction in New York Mills on May 24th at 3:45 PM. Vehicles include: 2009 Chevy Impala (150K), 2012 Chevy Impala (187K), 2011 Ford Crown Victoria (140K), 2012 Dodge Charger (143K), and 2009 Chevy Pickup (132K).

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • Becker County Sheriff's Office K9 "Cooper" Has Received Body Armor

    Becker County Sheriff's Office K9 "Cooper" has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Read more...  |  Pic 1...  |  Pic 2...

  • 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...