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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

May 19, 2020
9:00 AM





The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on May 19, 2020, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Pastor Mary Wiggins provided a prayer.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the agenda with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Braaten made a motion to approve the May 19, 2020 vouchers, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.



A2Z Printing



Bowman Auto Parts



Bowman County Fair Association



Bowman County Pioneer



Steve Beylund Construction



Country Media



CNA Surety






Dacotah Paper



Karla Germann



Josh Hetland






Kohler Communications






Nelson International



NTT Cloud Communications



Northwest Tire



Quadient Leasing






Propoint Cooperative



Randy's Welding



Scranton Equity



Slope Electric



Team Lab






Westlie Truck Center



Wild & Weiss Law Office



West Plains Inc.


Jeffers made a motion to approve the May 5, 2020 minutes, with the correction, with Abrahamson seconding the motion and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Treasurer Anita McLaughlin presented the April Bank Reconciliation report.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously  

Bowman County State’s Attorney Andrew Weiss joined the meeting to provide his opinion on the North Dakota State Radio Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and also the Term Lease Agreement with Municipal Shale, LLC for tower space.

 Braaten made a motion to approve the Municipal Shale LLC Term Lease Agreement, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Buchmann made a motion to approve the North Dakota State Radio MOU, with Braaten seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs joined the telephone conference meeting with North Dakota Department of Transportation Local Government Engineer Bryon Fuchs to discuss the county bridge inspection process. Fuchs provided clarification if a private firm would be secured what the potential cost would be to the county and also if the county would solicit a Request for Proposals (RFP) Federal Aid funds would be available to offset a percentage of the costs.  In 2021 Bowman County will be scheduled to have the inspections completed.  

            Biggs presented the Goldfield Township request to purchase approximately 3,200 cubic yards of gravel and purchase additional culverts.  Buchmann made a motion to approve the gravel purchase, with the township responsible for paying 100 % of the cost, and reject the culvert/s request, as it is mandatory for the townships to obtain written documentation from an engineer who will determine the drainage situation.   Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

 Brosz Engineering representative Lucas Doerr met to provide an update on the Griffin Road paving project. Doerr also stated that all of the final documentation from the Camp Crook Road project has been received.  He will prepare the final payment and final change order for commission approval on June 2, 2020.    

            A telephone conference call was held with North Dakota State Radio Director Dan Donlin.  Discussion was held on the Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of state radio services.  Also present was Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson and Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager, Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator Karla Germann. 

            Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson and Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager, Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator Karla Germann inquired if the county would be willing to assist with the purchase of the tower located west of Marmarth.  Abrahamson made a motion to pay $7,000 to offset the costs of the tower and $1,600, which is the lease payment for one year, utilizing BLM funds.  Abrahamson instructed that the 2022 annual lease payment, and each year thereafter, be budgeted utilizing 9-1-1 funds. Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.   

            Discussed was the continuation of doing courthouse business by appointment only.  The commissioners stated to leave the current protocol in place and revisit at their next meeting.   

            Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:06 PM, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.                                                                                                                                       

                                                            Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

                                                            Board of County Commissioners



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

County Commission Agenda

June 02, 2020
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel


  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer -


  1. Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. May 19, 2020 Minutes
  4. May Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. May 2020 Month-End BLM Report
  6. May 2020 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Report


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Joint Powers Agreement for Bowman/Talbot Township for Paulson Seed Road Maintenance


  1. New Business


  1. Revisions to Bowman County Employee Policy Manual


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00 AM Municipal Shale LLC Conditional Use Permit

NE ¼ Section 26, Township 132 Range 104

10:30 AM Bowman County Water Resource Board Members  

                  11:00 AM Bowman County Highway Superintendent


1:15 PM Unorganized Township Equalization 

                  1:30 PM County Equalization

                  2:00 PM Bowman County Tax Director Dean Pearson


            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


  1. Important Meeting Dates
  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –June 23, 2020 9:00 AM

        NOTE – JUNE 16th meeting has been rescheduled for June 23, 2020

  1.  Adjourn


 Restrictions for Public Attendance as State of ND Executive Order. Please call following #’s

1 669 900 9128 -or-1 253 215 8782   Meeting ID: 898 8577 7170   Password: 610364


County Commission Meeting

Bowman County Commission generally meets the first and third Monday of each month at 9am in the Bowman County Courthouse Commissioner's Room.

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 Buchmann

(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 lives in Wahpeton and works for NDSCS 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