Aiming to limit people’s exposure to the coronavirus, Becker County will restrict access to all its public buildings starting 8 a.m. Monday, March 23.

Most exterior doors will be locked at the courthouse, Human Services and the Highway Department. The Sheriff’s Office dispatch window will remain open for emergencies only.

Those with courthouse appointments and district court business can use the main courthouse entrance on Lake Avenue. Basic COVID-19 screening will be conducted as people enter the courthouse.

While the buildings will be closed to walk-in traffic, services and operation hours will continue to be provided through phone, email and by appointment only, according to a news release from Becker County Administrator Mike Brethorst.

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The Department of Motor Vehicles in the courthouse will be open on a limited basis: Only those needing a license plate tab renewal, a driver’s license or an existing real ID (with proper documentation) set to expire within 30 days will be processed.

To get to the DMV, go to the main courthouse entrance on the courts side of the building, where the metal detectors and screener desk is located.

At the screening station, DMV staff will confirm you’re there for an acceptable reason, and have the documents you need to complete your business at the DMV.

If an employee station is open, you’ll be directed to the DMV office.

If all stations are full, your name, phone number or license plate number will be written down by the DMV staff.

You’ll be encouraged to wait in your vehicle and to not congregate by the building. You'll be notified when a station becomes available.

This procedure will be in place until Friday, March 27, at which time it will be reevaluated.

Transfer station still open for now

The Becker County Transfer Station will continue with normal operations at this time. Operations at the landfill and recycling will be reviewed in more detail in the coming week.

Due to the fluidity of information regarding COVID-19, the Becker County website ( will be updated with new announcements, news releases, preparedness recommendations and local closure information.

Becker County also offers many online services. Residents are encouraged to use them when possible. People should call prior to coming to campus to ensure staff availability. A list of department and agency contacts will be posted at each door.

If you have questions, call 218-846-7200.

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