News & Announcements

  • Washington Avenue Sealcoating Scheduled for Tuesday, August 26

    Weather permitting, the Becker County Highway Department is planning to sealcoat Washington Avenue from Legion Road to Willow Street on Tuesday, August 26th. The roadway will remain open to traffic with minor delays, please use alternate routes if possible.

    Wednesday, August 27th will be the backup day if weather does not allow work to be performed on August 26th.

  • 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, August 26, 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.

  • Joint Meeting of Becker County Commissioners and City of Detroit Lakes Set for Tuesday

    The County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with the City of Detroit Lakes Tuesday, August 26, at 11 am in the commissioner room at the county courthouse in Detroit Lakes. The meeting agenda will cover the Washington Avenue road project and the potential transition of Becker County's housing efforts to Detroit Lakes' HRA.

  • 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

    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 regular 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

    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.

    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.

    Questions concerning future projects may be directed to Highway Engineer Jim Olson.

  • Highway 59 north of Detroit Lakes closes Aug. 18

    Motorists on Highway 59 north of Detroit Lakes will encounter a detour, lane closures and possible delays when work on a road resurfacing and culvert replacement project resumes Monday, Aug. 18. Read more...

  • 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...

  • Dental Outreach Clinic for Kids Set for August 25th & 26th

    A Dental Outreach Clinic specifically designed to provide dental services to children between the ages of 1 and 12 years of age has been scheduled for August 25th and 26th. More details...

  • 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. 

  • Budget Season Begins – County Finances Remain Strong

    The County Commissioners will review major revenues and expenditure changes for the upcoming 2015 budget during their regular meeting July 8. The County was able to adopt the 2014 budget with no levy increase. County officials are hoping that new expected revenues in 2015 will again allow them to reduce the County's reliance on the property tax levy. See presentation...

  • 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"