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Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman County Commission

Bowman County Commissioners are elected at large on a non-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. The County Commission is the governing body of the County responsible for overseeing County activities and working to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and County operations run smoothly.

The State constitution gives the Board of County Commissioners the power to adopt zoning ordinances (local laws), levy taxes, appropriations, authorize bonds, set salaries, approve bills, accept bids, approve the County budget and establish the requirements/policies for the Departments under its control.

The Board governs all unorganized townships of the County directly.



County Commission Minutes

September 03, 2019
9:00 AM

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on September 3, 2019, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.  Buchmann made a motion to approve, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following vouchers were approved by a motion made by Jeffers, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.






Bowman County Fair Assoc.



Bowman County Housing Authority



Bowman County Treasurer



Bowman County Treasurer



Brosz Engineering



Bowman Sales & Service



Buckley Ranch



CNA Surety



CORE - Freshman Impact



Dales Tire & Retread



First International Bank (Visa)



Hell Creek Trucking



John Deere Financial



Leah King



Matthew Bender & Company









Montana Fluid Solutions



Newby's Ace Hardware



Northwest Tire






Peters Trucking



Randy's Welding



Relx, Inc,



#1 Stop Sign Shop



Shane Towe



Tyler Technologies



Braaten made a motion to approve the August 20, 2019 minutes, with the correction.  Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Treasurer Anita McLaughlin met to present the August Treasurer’s Report Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation report.  Jeffers made a motion to approve, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Braaten made a motion to approve the August 2019 Month-End Bureau of Land Management- General Aid for Taxing District Reports, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote the, motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle conducted the swearing in ceremony for Ruby, the new Bowman County Canine.  Eberle also introduced the new Bowman County Deputy Sheriff Henry Head. 

Abrahamson made a motion to appoint Keith Kempenich, as a board member to the new human service zone board, as per Senate Bill 2206.   Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.   

Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs and Gary Brennan and Lucas Doerr, from Brosz met to discuss road projects.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Bowman Township request for one - 60-foot x 18-inch culvert, one - 30-foot x 24-inch culvert and two - 24 inch bands, and one-18-inch band. The township will be responsible for fifty percent of the cost. Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

            Fred Ford met to discuss the Haley Dam Marina and the open position with the Bowman County Water Resource District. 

            Apex Energy Representative Mark Mauersberger met to discuss the proposed wind ordinance.   Guests present: Bowman County Zoning Board member Jerid Janikowski, Carol and Jim Miller, Keith Kempenich and Chris Fischer.

            With no further business to discuss, Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:27 PM, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 


                                                                                           Lynn Brackel, Chairman 

                                                                                     Board of Bowman County Commission


ATTEST:  Sandra K. Tivis, Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

September 17, 2019
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel


  1. Pledge of Allegiance


  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. September 3, 2019 Minutes


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Unorganized Township Road Maintenance
  2. Fencing Policy


  1. New Business


  1. ND Department of Transportation Special Road Fund Project Application –

                                         Bowman County Water Resource Board



  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00AM Public Hearing on Resolution 11 – Wind Energy Ordinance

11:00AM Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs      




1:15PM Bowman County Water Resource Board Secretary Beckie Hodell

1:45PM Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs

Unorganized Township Members


            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


 Public Notices 


The County Commission has been invited to attend the following events and/or meetings:  


October 6-9, 2019   Annual North Dakota Assoc. of Counties Convention –Bismarck


  1. Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –October 1, 2019 9:00 AM    


  1.  Adjourn

County Commission Meeting


The Bowman County Board of Commissioners generally holds its regular monthly meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 9:00 AM.  Meetings may be rescheduled from time to time if necessary; see the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

The public is welcome at every meeting.  Appointments are not required but members of the public wishing to address the board are encouraged to contact the County Auditor at (701) 523-3130 for further information. 

Rick Braaten

(701) 279-5530

Rick was first elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in November 2008.He is a 1975 graduate of Bowman High School and graduated from NDSU in 1979 with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics.Rick is married to Laurie Fish and they have four sons.Rick engages in farm and ranch work.


Other Offices Held:

  • 1994 – 2002 Board Member Farmers Union Oil of Rhame
  • FSA County Committee
  • County Representative on Economic Development Board
  • County Representative on County Weed Board

Josh Buckman

(701) 206-0578

Josh graduated in 1996 from Bowman High School and attended NDSCS, graduating in 1999.  He moved back to Bowman in 2006.  He has two children; his daughter is attending NDSCS for paramedic and his son attends Bowman High School.


Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Fair Board
  • Bowman Volunteer Fire Department
  • Bowman Ambulance Service
  • Owner of RMJ Towing
  • Owner of Bowman Laundromat
  • Manager of Northwest Tire since 2011

Jerry Jeffers

(701) 279-5885

Jerry was elected to the Bowman County Commission in 2016 and is the third generation on the Jeffers farm in southwestern Bowman County; homesteaded in 1909.  Jerry also has operated a cabinet shop in the winter since 1976.  He has three sons and is married to Karen who has two sons and a daughter.  Between them they have 11 grandchildren.


Other Offices Held:

  • Current Bowman County Zoning Board Member
  • Past Bowman/Slope Soil Conservation Board Member
  • Former 4-H Leader and 4-H Council President
  • Past Sunny Apartments Board Member
  • Past Bethany Church Council President
  • Past School Board Member

Pine Abrahamson


Pine was first elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in 2004.Pine was born and raised in Bowman County.He has been engaged in agriculture his entire life; he is the third generation to be involved on the family farm and he spends many hours working with his youngest daughter and fiancé on the home place.Pine is married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.


Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman/Slope Multi-County Social Service District
  • Bowman County Information Technology Committee
  • Bowman County Extension Advisory Council
  • Past All Seasons Arena Board Member
  • Past Bowman County EDC Board Member

Lynn Brackel

(701) 523-3749

Lynn was elected to the County Commission in 2008.He graduated from Dickinson State University in 1966 with a music degree and taught band and chorus for 12 years. Lynn owned a plumbing business and served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota areas for over 30 years.Lynn still enjoys music and has directed the Church Choir for 30 years, Bowman County Community Band for 20 years, and Saxy Brass for 20 years.Lynn is married to Judy with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.


Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board of Directors
  • Yesterday’s Farmers Treasurer
  • Dakota Territory Collectors Car Club
  • Bowman Lutheran Worship Board