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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

September 05, 2017
9:00 AM






            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on September 5, 2017, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Jerry Jeffers and Ken Steiner. 

Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM.

Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.    Steiner made a motion to approve the agenda, with Jeffers 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.



August Payroll

County Employees



Social Welfare




Advanced Business Methods

Copy Contract



Bowman County Treasurer

Ext. Office Postage



Bowman County Weather Mod.

Second half of contract payment



Steve Beylund Construction

Road Dept. Expense



Brosz Engineering

Haley Dam Road



Brosz Engineering

Lonesome Dove North



Brosz Engineering

Cedar Hills Drainage



Bowman Sales

Sheriff Dept. Expense



Campbell County

State's Attorney Expense



Country Media




Crop Production Services

Weed Board Expense



Dacotah Paper

Maintenance Expense



Dell Marketing

911 Expense



Dakota Western Insurance




Frank Eberle

Sheriff Dept. Expense



Eido Connect




Farmer's Union Oil Company

Extension Office Expense



Erin Gaugler

Travel Reimbursement



Emily Halleen

DES Training



JHPTS Visual

DES Training



John Deere Financial

Road Dept. Expense



Sydnee Kidd




Lawson Products

Road Dept. Expense



Mahlon Smith Repair

Road Dept. Expense



George Maychrzak

Landowner Assist. Program, Weeds




Long Distance Service







Midcontinent Communications





Extension Office Expense



Newby's Ace Hardware

Supplies, Multiple Departments



Newman Traffic Signs

911 Expense



Northwest Tire

Road Dept. Expense



OffRoad Software

Office Expense




Time-keeping Software



P.S. Custom Embroidery

Sheriff Dept. Expense



Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

Extension Office Expense



RMJ Towing & Garage

Sheriff Dept. Expense



Gregory Runge, Attorney

Mental Health Attorney Fees




Extension Office Expense



ND Secretary of State

Election Expense



Ken Steiner




Jim Stebbins Trucking

Road Dept. Expense



#1 Stop Sign Shop

Maintenance Expense



Swanston Equipment

Road Dept. Expense







Team Lab

Road Dept. Expense



Tyler Technologies

Office Expense



            Bowman County State’s Attorney, Stephanie Pretzer, met to present her proposed 2018 Budget.

            Steiner made a motion to approve the Raffle Permit application, submitted by the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, with the dates of September 1, 2017 to June 18, 2018.  The drawing will be held in the All Seasons Arena.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

            Jeffers made a motion to approve the duties of the Tax Director and Co-Zoning Directors, as stated in the job descriptions.   Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

            Bowman Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, Teran Doerr and Laura Weber, Business Assistant, met to outline the “Fusion” Business Conference that they are hosting on

November 1- 2, 2017 and inquired if the county would commit to being a sponsor to offset speaker fees and travel expenses.  The commissioners will survey employees to gauge interest and consider a sponsor fee plus a number of conference registration fees.  A decision will be made on September 19, 2017. 

            Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs and Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering met to provide updates of road projects.  Brennan completed research on grant funding available through the North Dakota Department of Emergency Management for living snow fences.  Brennan feels that it would be difficult for the county to secure funding.   Discussion followed on state requirements for road projects funded with Surge dollars.  Roger and Arlene Kromarek and Keith and Kenton Johnson, met to discuss the Davis Barn Road, as the dust has become a major problem. Biggs has submitted the project in his 2018 Budget request to re-gravel and chip seal.  Brackel made a motion to adopt the following resolution for assessing fees associated with cleaning out cattle guards.  Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Wash Out Cattle Guard: water truck at $120 per hour for labor and travel time; water at $12.00 per thousand gallons from the City of Bowman.  Remove and Clean: loader, backhoe and skid steer at $110.00 per hour for labor. Mobilization of truck/trailer at $120.00 per hour (round trip).  Any additional gravel hauling or hauling away material would be charged at an hourly rate as stated above. Any damages occurred to cattle guard or structure, due to its removal for cleaning, or other materials needed during cleaning, due to no fault of Bowman County, must be brought before the Bowman County Commission.   The county may in its discretion from time to time amend the above fee structure as conditions and circumstances warrant.

            Abrahamson made a motion to authorize Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, to approve the Utility Permits submitted by Consolidated Telcom, for boring fiber optic cable under 86th Street SW, between 154th Avenue SW and 155th Avenue SW, located in T131N R103W, Sections 8, 17, 18 after a visual inspection of the proposed area.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

            Bowman County Treasurer, Anita McLaughlin, met to present the revised July 2017 Treasurer’s Report/Bank Reconciliation Report.   Brackel made a motion to approve the report, with Steiner seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.   McLaughlin presented a lease agreement from Mail Finance, for upgrading to an IH700 Base Meter, at an increase of $28.00 per year.  Brackel made a motion to approve the lease agreement, with Jeffers seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  Brackel made a motion to approve Anita McLaughlin, as the Bowman County School Superintendent designee, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

            Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson and Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager, Karla Germann, discussed the need for fire alarm enhancements and highly recommend that the commissioners approve the automation costs associated with upgrading our system. Discussion followed on the request from Verizon to research options on the county owned radio tower located in Rhame.

            Steiner made a motion to approve the August 15, 2017, minutes with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 

            Bowman County Auditor, Sandra Tivis, met to present her proposed 2018 Budget. 

            Discussion was held in reference to the upcoming hunting season and the dry conditions. Chairman Braaten had previously contacted a representative from the North Dakota Game and Fish to discuss.  They will provide communication to hunters of the extremely dry conditions.

             Brackel made a motion to approve the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Grant application for the Marmarth Road Reconstruction project for funds to offset the projected costs, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Abrahamson made a motion to nominate Sandra Tivis as Bowman County’s 2017 North Dakota Association of Counties delegate.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

With no further business to discuss, Steiner made a motion at 5:10 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.  



                                                                                    Rick Braaten (s) Board of County Commission 



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


County Commission Agenda

September 19, 2017
8:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten


  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. August 15, 2017 Minutes
  4. Application for Local Raffle Permit – ND High School Rodeo Assoc.


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Energy Infrastructure & Impact Office – Marmarth Road Reconstruction Application
  2. 2018 Budget


  1. New Business


  1.  ND Dept. of Public Instruction - Assignment of Duties - County Superintendent of Schools


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00 AM  Bowman County Office Budget Presentations by Various Depts.

  1. Bowman County Treasurer, A. McLaughlin      
  2. Bowman Economic Development Corp Exec Director, T. Doerr
  3. Bowman County Highway Superintendent S. Biggs

Roger Kromarek          




1:15 PM 2018 Budget Discussion



            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


           September 25, 2017 6:30 PM      Bowman/Slope Multi-Harz Mitigation Planning Meeting

                                                                                      Bowman County Courthouse Emergency Operations Center


  1. Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – September 19, 2017 9:00 AM


VIII.        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 at 701-523-3130


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 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 first elected in 2002 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

Jerry Jeffers

(701) 279-5885

Jerry was elected to the Bowmn County Commission in 2016 and is the third generation on the Jeffers farm in southwestern Bowman; 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 had two sons and a daughter. Between them they have 11 grandchildren.
 Other Offices Held:
  • Current Bowman/Slope Soil Conservation board member
  • Current Bowman County Zoning 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.  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. 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