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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.






The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on May 21, 2024, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Josh Buchmann, Jerid Janikowski, and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Pastor Ed Kvaale shared a prayer.

Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Abrahamson moved to approve the agenda. Janikowski seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following May 21, 2024 vouchers were approved by a motion made by Buchmann, with Abrahamson seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes.  Motion carried.

38402 ADDCO Office Systems $169.10
38403 Brosz Engineering $1,415.00
38404 City of Bowman $786.00
38405 CNA Surety $100.00
38406 Dakota Western Ins $666.00
38407 Deere Credit $10,500.00
38408 Double EE Service $54.30
38409 EIDO Connect $72.00
38410 ES&S $1,005.84
38411 Grafix Shoppe $375.00
38412 ITD $955.95
38413 Meggan Tuchscherer $285.62
38414 Midco $108.82
38415 ND Assn of Counties $115.97
38416 NDSU $25.00
38417 Paulson GEL $4,310.13
38418 ProPoint $2,108.70
38419 Pump Systems $6,385.68
38420 Quadient Finance $4,000.00
38421 Randy’s Welding $240.00
38422 Slope Electric $485.69
38423 Southwest Ag, Inc $1,435.74
38424 SWHCS $142.00
38425 Uniform Center $395.93
38426 Verizon $440.87
38427 Westlie Truck Center $513.83
38428 Wild & Weiss Law Office $1,250.00
38429 Woodley’s Construction $8.14


Jeffers moved to approve the May 7, 2024, minutes with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Janikowski moved to approve the Applications for a Local Permit from Bowman County Fair Association to conduct a sports pool on May 25, 2024, July 12, 2024, and July 14, 2024 at the fairgrounds. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson moved to approve Abatement #2024-03 with Buchmann seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

Jodi Freier and Sydnee Kidd met discuss courthouse landscaping bid. Abrahamson moved to approve estimate from ENG Curbing and Concrete for $15,590 from ARPA funds. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Tax Director, Jodi Freier, Bowman County Treasurer, Sydnee Kidd and Bowman County State’s Attorney, Andrew Weiss met to discuss the Pipeline Statement for Denbury Green Pipeline. They are granted a 10-year exemption from the state. However, the state included them in our centrally assessed values, which results in a loss of revenue what was expected.

Bowman County Sheriff, Frank Eberle, met to give an update on his office.

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, and Billy Doerr, Brosz Engineering met to discuss road projects.  Discussion was held on the 2024 Chip Seal Project bids. Three bids were received. Abrahamson moved to approve the low bid of $837,447.89 from Jensen Rock and Sand. Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the post-construction agreement. It needs to be added that any culverts on gravel, chip seal, and paved roads that are damaged, need to be replaced.

Young Guns Construction met to discuss the design for Minnehaha bridge. Jankowski moved to approve a change order from pipe to a box culvert. Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all voting yes except Abrahamson who abstained.  Motion carried.

Bowman County Fair representative, Darwin Wilke, met to discuss electrical issues at the fairground’s camper hook ups. Abrahamson moved to use $20,500 from BLM funds to upgrade electrical at fairgrounds. Janikowski seconded. A roll call vote was taken with all voting yes.  Motion carried.

NDSU Extension Agent, Penny Nester and Beth Criswell introduced 4H Livestock judging team members, Suttyn Dodge, Layla Krinke, Reese Janikowski, and Dillon Bowman who presented their plans for travel to gain livestock judging experience before national competitions.

Scott Jansen, Lukas Geissbuehler, and Annette Wynkoop, APEX met to discuss utility crossings for the Bowman Wind Project.

At 2:25 PM Buchmann moved to adjourn the meeting. Janikowski seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Rick Braaten, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners

ATTEST: Karla Germann, Bowman County Deputy Auditor




TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2024 –  9:00 AM


Call to order Chairman Braaten


Pledge of Allegiance, Prayer-Pastor Renee Johnson



  • Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. June 4, 2024 Minutes
  4. 2024 Ports-to-Plains Conference Sponsorship


Unfinished Business


New Business


  1. Memorandum of Understanding Draft, Slope Co, SWDHU



Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

9:30 AM    SW Dakota Human Service Zone Director, Shonda Schwartz

10:00         Bowman County Rural Ambulance District

10:30         BC Sheriff, Frank Eberle

10:45         Pioneer Trails Museum Annual Update

11:00         BC Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs

                  Lukas Geissbuehler, APEX

      ~Break For Lunch

1:15 PM    City of Rhame

1:45           Unorganized Township Members

2:00           Bowman Parks and Recreation Board Members


                   Elected Officials Office Updates & Other



  • Public Notices

The Commission have been invited to attend the following:



  • Important Meeting Dates


  • Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –July 2, 2024, 8:00 AM



County Commission Meeting

Regular meetings of the Bowman County Commissioners are generally the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the commissioner room located on the lower level of the courthouse.

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 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 where he spends many hours working with his youngest daughter her husband. Pine is married with 4 children and 4 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

Jerid Janikowski

(701) 440-8445




Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Zoning Board




PHONE: (701) 523-3130

Bowman County Auditor
104 1st St NW, Suite 1
Bowman ND 58623


Monday – Thursday:
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12:30pm – 4:30pm MT

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(Closed on Legal Holidays)