Becker is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, between the Mississippi and Elk Rivers. The population was 4,538 at the 2010 census.
U.S. Highway 10 serves as a main route in Becker.
Becker is located 46 miles northwest of Minneapolis; and 19 miles southeast of St. Cloud.
Becker was platted in 1867, and named for George Loomis Becker, a state legislator. A post office called Becker has been in operation since 1870.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.57 km2); 9.1sq.m is land and 0.45 square miles (1.17 km2) is water.
Xcel Energy operates the Sherburne County Generating Station (Sherco) 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 property taxes similar to those of nearby communities. This changed in 2003.
Google plans to build a data center in Becker, and the company would become one of Xcel Energy's largest customers.
Football: The Becker High School Football program was started by Dwight Lundeen in 1970. Coach Lundeen remains the only head coach in the history of the program.