News & Announcements

  • 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 to Begin in Area Cities

    A new way to recycle is coming 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 County's Management, Budget and Reserves Receive "Strong" Rating by S&P Global for Jail Financing

    The County's financial condition was recently reviewed and rated at AA by S&P Global in anticipation of the sale of bonds to finance a portion of the County's new jail. The rationale for the rating was in part due to Becker County's strong management, budget performance and reserves. Becker County has very strong budgetary flexibility and very strong liquidity with total government available cash at 50.3% of total governmental fund expenditures. The County also showed a very strong debt and contingent liability position, with debt service carrying charges at less than 1% of expenditures. This is the second time in recent years that Standard and Poors have given Becker County a strong financial rating.

  • 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 - 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...

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