Becker County will fulfill its $1.1 million pledge towards the new Becker County Museum in three annual payments, starting this year and ending in 2023.

The County Board approved the plan Tuesday, July 6, opting against an alternate “advance payment” plan in which the bulk of the $1.1 million would have been paid the first year.

In other County Board news:

  • Commissioner John Okeson was appointed to represent the Becker County Board on the One Watershed, One Plan governing board for the new Otter Tail River watershed area.
  • Becker County will hold several training sessions to help officials from townships and small cities apply for and navigate the American Rescue Plan Act. Local officials will be able to attend a training session at the courthouse and get help with the application process. The time and dates of the meetings have not yet been set.
  • Becker County approved a $26,400 abatement of property taxes related to a long-running state tax case with Enbridge Energy. The state recently agreed to pay the oil and gas company more than $45 million for overvaluing pipeline property, after losing in state court. Commissioner Barry Nelson said that changes need to be made in the state property tax system, because a major loss by the state in tax court affects counties that had no say in the original assessment.
  • The families that own Pizza Master Children's Park in Shoreham want to donate it to a public entity like Becker County or Lakeview Township. The playground and park are located just west of the Detroit Country Club, on the corner of West Golf Course Drive and County Road 22. Lakeview Township may ask Detroit Lakes city officials if there is any interest in partnering on the park, since the city owns the golf course and the park is right next door, said Commissioner Larry Knutson. Whether the property goes to the county, township or city, “we expressed interest in them doing whatever they want to do,” said Commissioner Nelson. “That’s a good place for a park.”