scroll down


North Dakota Tourism

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

October 21, 2014
9:00 AM

                                             OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF





            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on October 21, 2014, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Bill Bowman, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel and Ken Steiner. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM.

Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Abrahamson requested time for discussion on the Loop Road, which is located south of Rhame.  Brackel will share information that was presented at the last Rotary meeting. Steiner made a motion to approve as presented, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

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











Bowman Auto Parts



Cashway Building Center



Chief Law Enforcement



Country Media






Dacotah Paper



Dakota Farm Equipment



Dale's Clothing



DS Solutions, Inc.



Electronic Systems & Software, LLC



Frontier Travel



Karla Germann



Hamm & Phillips



Neil Hofland






Colleen Kelley



Kohler Communications



Anita McLaughlin



Kevin Miller Construction






ND Association of Oil & Gas



ND State Radio



Secertary of State






Northern Improvement



National Sheriff's Association



Prairie Mountain Electric



Prairie Mountain Electric



Prairie Engineering









Rockmount Research & Alloys,Inc.



Patty Sadowsky



Slope Electric



SW Auto



TAB Electronics



Sandi Tivis



Trans Union



True North Steel



Vanguard Appraisals, Inc.



Verizon Wireless


Brackel made a motion to approve the minutes from October 7, and October 8, 2014, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  

Chanell Walby, Director of Southwest Public Transit, met to provide statistical information.  Walby is submitting an application for a 1.25 million dollar Public Transit Federal Capital 5339 Grant through the State of North Dakota, for funding assistance for a new facility.    Walby is requesting $250,000 from the county to meet the required 20% local match.    The commissioners recommended Walby meet with the City of Bowman Commission to request funding of $50,000.   Brackel made a motion to donate up to $200,000, from BLM funds, and draft a letter of support to submit with the grant application.  Bowman seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.     

Walby provided an update of the pump room repairs located at the Rouzie Recreation Center. The City of Bowman Park Board members may submit a donation application for additional funding to cover the increased repair costs.       

 Bowman County Treasurer, Christine Septon, met to present the September 2014 Treasurer’s Report/Bank Reconciliation Report.   Steiner made a motion to approve the report, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Shonda Schwartz, Director of Bowman/Slope Multi-County Social Services, presented a state/county agreement updating the provisions of the Food Stamp Ordinance of 1977.  Steiner made a motion to execute the agreement and comply with the federal regulations, with Brackel seconding the motion.    A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

             Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland, and Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, met to provide updates of road projects.  Brennan stated he has been contacted by a party interested in the potential sale of the current Bowman Airport Authority property.  Discussion will continue during future commission meetings.

             Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Utility Permit, submitted by Denbury Onshore, Inc., for the boring of flow lines,  to be  located in Section 35 T131N 105W, with Bowman seconding the motion.   A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

            Discussion was held with Randy Gaebe, Bowman Township board member, on the correspondence received by the county from Paulson Seed, in reference to the condition of 8508 Street SW.   The road is located in both Bowman and Talbot Townships and is not a county road.  Gaebe will contact Paulson’s.   

            Bowman County Zoning Director, Rory Teigen, met to discuss the Right-Of-Way Easement submitted by Consolidated Telecom. Teigen will contact the company to discuss the concerns of the commission.                 

The commission discussed the sample road hauling agreement that was received from Dunn County.  Hofland discussed the agreement with the Dunn County Road Superintendent, who feels favorable to the agreement. Hofland stated that enforcement issues may be a concern and recommended that the commissioners discuss with Bowman County State’s Attorney, Jim Gion. 

Steiner made a motion to approve the Longevity Pay for 2014, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.   A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Abrahamson made a motion to accept the audit agreement from Rath & Mehrer, for the years of 2013 and 2014, which will be conducted in the spring of 2015, at a cost of $7,500.  Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.   

            Bowman made a motion at 4:40 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.


Rick Braaten

Chairman Board of County Commissioners


ATTEST: ___________________________________

                   Sandra K. Tivis, Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

November 18, 2014
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten


  1. Consideration for Approval:
  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. October 21, 2014 Minutes
  4. October Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. Approach Permit – South Scranton Road
  6. Utility Permit – Denbury Onshore
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. Telephone Company Right-of-Way Easement
  2. Southwestern District Health Unit Board Member


  1. New Business
  1.  2014 General Election State’s Attorney Write-In Results
  2. 2014-2015 County Federal Aid Program
  3. Open Positions – Road Dept. & P/T Janitorial

                      V.        Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00            Josh LindstromSweetwater Golf Course

10:30            Representatives from ND Cloud Modification Project  

11:00            Matt Van, Valley MedFlight   

11:15            Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland




1:15  PM      Karla Germann, Bowman County Assist. Emergency Manager

2:00              Courthouse HVAC Upgrade Re-Bid Opening

3:00              JoAnn Runner - Extension Agent/Family Nutrition

3:30             Bowman County Fair Board

4:00              Tour of Sheriff’s Office


  1.       Public Notices 

The Commissioners have been invited to attend the following:


Important Meeting Dates

  1.  Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – December 2, 2014  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