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Sandi Tivis Auditor

PHONE: (701) 523-3130
FAX: (701) 523-4899

104 1st St NW, Suite 1
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

December 02, 2014
9:00 AM

                                   OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF



The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on December 2, 2014, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel and Ken Steiner. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM.   Commissioner Bowman absent as he was attending a North Dakota State Legislative in-service.    

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

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


November Payroll



Social Welfare



Advanced Business Methods



Bowman County Treasurer



Bowman County Treasurer



Bowman County Treasurer



Rick Braaten



CM Services






Dakota Communications



Jodi Freier



Frontier Travel Center



Karla Germann



Gion Law Office



John Deer Financial









Montana Liquid



ND Association of Counties



ND County Commissioners Association



Nelson International



Newby's Ace Hardware



NSC Minerals



NW Tire



OffRoad Software






Spring Valley Sprinklers



#1 Stop Sign Shop



Teske Air Conditioning Co.



Trans Union









West Dakota Parent & Family Resource







Steiner made a motion to approve $500.00 for the holiday employee appreciation party.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.     

            At 10:00 AM Bowman County State’s Attorney Jim Gion and Bowman County Deputy State’s Attorney, Stephanie Pretzer, met to discuss her appointment for Bowman County State’s Attorney, which Pretzer will take office on January 1, 2015, as Bowman County’s full time state’s attorney.    Gion stated that he will be available for training during the transition period.   Brackel made a motion to approve Pretzer working the month of December, receiving a salary of $4,000.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Steiner made a motion to approve the minutes from November 18, 2014, with Brackel        seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  

            Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland, and Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, provided updates. Discussion was held on county federal aid road future projects.  The county is projecting an estimate of $6,000,000 for future grading, surfacing and incidentals on the Circle K Road South, # CMC 064, on the 2014-2015 Federal Aid Road Maintenance Certification. 

            Bowman County Weed Board Members, Jeff Oakland, Jerid Janikowski, and George Buckmeier, and Bowman County Weed Officer, Randy Gaebe, met to express their interest in relocating their operation to one of the buildings located at the old airport.  The commissioners support the weed board’s interest in the structure. 

             Bowman County Airport Authority board members, Bob Morland and Rod Schaff, met to provide an update on the new airport.   Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, was also present.  At a recent meeting of the Bowman County Airport Authority, board members passed a resolution stating that the county may retain ownership of the property, pending the acceptance of the FAA, and retain seven acres for wetland restoration.  A recent broker provided an opinion of the value, which includes 150 acres and 3 buildings, at $512,000 plus, that the county could purchase.  Currently five hangers are privately owned, which is excluded from the quote.  The goal of the airport authority is to have all of the property remain as a package deal.  The airport authority owns a 60X60 hanger, the terminal and another building.  The district program manager, located in Bismarck, is in support of the resolution.   Brennan has submitted correspondence requesting final approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  to the above stated plan.   An update followed on the Powder River Training area.  The comment was made that it is difficult to suppress this issue without congressional support. 

With no further business to discuss Brackel made a motion at 3:58 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Steiner seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion as carried unanimously.



                                                                                    Rick Braaten (s) Chairman

Board of County Commissioners




ATTEST:   Sandra K. Tivis (s)  Bowman County Auditor


County Commission Agenda

December 16, 2014
9:00 AM


  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten



  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. December 2, 2014  Minutes
  4. November Treasurers Report – Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. Resolution for Release of Airport Property
  6. 2015 Liquor & Beer License Renewals



  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Final Approval for Revised Employee Policy Manual
  2. Final Approval for Resolution for SW Healthcare Bonds   
  3. Slope Election Quote for Njos Cut-Cross Road
  4. SW District Health Unit Appointment of Board Member


  1. New Business


  1. 2015 Commission Meetings
  2. 2015 County Road Department Rates



                   Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00                        Pam Hestekin, Bowman County Ambulance Board Member          

10:30                        Southwest Healthcare Services Representatives

11:00                        Bowman County Econ Dev Representatives

11:30                        ~OPEN~




  1:15 PM      Chanell Walby, Director, Rouzie Recreation Center  

  1:30                        Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland

  2:30                        ~OPEN~



  Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


  • December 17th 12 Noon -  City Hall- Bowman – Joint Forum with City Commissioners to                                                 discuss revisions to Flood Insurance Study Report
  • December 29th   5 PM – Elks Club, Dickinson, ND – SW Counties Meeting



VI.     Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – January 6,  2015  9:00 AM


         VII.    Adjourn

County Commission Meeting

The Bowman County Commissioners meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting at 9:00 AM. Meetings may be rescheduled from time to time if necessary; see the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

To be placed on the agenda with the Commissioners, please contact Bowman County Auditor,

Sandi Tivis, at 701-523-3130


Rick Braaten

(701) 279-5530

Rick was elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in November 2008 and re-elected in 2012.  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 has four sons.  Rick engages in farm and ranch work.
Other Offices Held:
  • 1994 – 2002 Board Member Farmers Union Oil of Rhame
  • 2003 to present FSA County Committee 
  • 2004 to present Volunteer Bowman County Boys Basketball Coach

Kenneth Steiner

(701) 275-8789

Ken was elected in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006 and 2010 to the Bowman County Commission.   Ken is married and has four children.  He has lived in Bowman County his entire life.  Ken engages in farming and ranching. His hobbies include camping and golfing.
Other Offices Held:
  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board Member 
  • Bowman County Park Board

Bill Bowman

(701) 523-3188

Bill is serving as a Bowman County Commissioner as well as a State Senator from District 39.  Bill has served in the senate since 1991.  He is an auctioneer and engages in general farm and ranch work.  He holds a BS degree in business education from Dickinson State University and was also in the army.  Bill has three children.
 Other Offices Held:
  • Past President Pro Tempore
  • Past Chairman Agriculture Committee 
  • Current Vice Chair of State of ND Appropriations 
  • Advocate for Oil Producing County Issues
  • Advocate to Promote Quality of Life for all Rural ND   

Pine Abrahamson


Pine was first elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012.  He owns a trucking, custom spraying, and seeding business and is one of Bowman County’s finest entrepreneurs – he has the great ideas and the determination to make it happen! 


Other Offices Held:
Bowman/Slope Multi County Social Service District
Bowman County Information Technology Committee
All Seasons Arena
Bowman County Extension Advisory Council

Lynn Brackel

(701) 523-3749

Lynn was elected to County Commission in 2008 and re-elected in 2010. 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 has served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota area for over 30 years. Lynn still enjoys music and has been director of Church Choir for 30 years; Bowman County Community Band for 20 years; and Saxy Brass for 13 years.  Lynn is married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Other Offices Held:
  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development Board 
  • Member of Bowman Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Bowman Rotary Club
  • Bowman County Economic Development Corporation