Becker, Minnesota

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Becker is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, between the Mississippi and Elk Rivers. The population was 2,673 at the 2000 census. The 2007 estimate was 4,093.[1]

U.S. Route 10 serves as a main route in the city.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.5 km²), of which, 8.7 square miles (22.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (4.73%) is water.

Notes

Xcel Energy operates the Sherco power plant within the city. This plant is the largest coal-fired power plant in Minnesota. The power plant no longer pays its historical share of property taxes; therefore Becker residents pay similar property taxes as nearby communities. This changed in 2003. [3]

Becker has 27 hole golf course named Pebble Creek CC. It is one of the most well maintained public courses in the state. It was designed by Joel Goldstrand.

Football: The high school football program was started up in 1970, by the only head coach in Becker history, Dwight Lundeen. It has been considered one of the top high school programs in the state and is always very competitive year in and year out. They won the class AAA championship in 2005. They are now currently in class AAAA and in the Mississippi 8 conference. They have 17 conference championships, 13 section championship, 14 state tournament appearances, and have also appeared in 6 prep bowls.

Demographics

As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 2,673 people, 929 households, and 728 families residing in the city. The population density was 308.6 people per square mile (119.2/km²). There were 967 housing units at an average density of 111.6/sq mi (43.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.20% White, 0.34% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

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