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Weed Department

North Dakota Tourism

Randy Gaebe Weed Control Officer

PHONE: (701) 523-4902

104 1st St NW
Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman County Weed Department

The Bowman County Weed Board is made up of 3 members appointed by the County Commission. The Weed Board hires a Weed Control Officer, a position held by Randy Gaebe, who also works closely with landowners.

The job of the Weed Board and Weed Officer is to enforce the North Dakota Century Code noxious weed law. Please contact the office for more information about the Weed Board and the numerous programs aimed at helping landowners with noxious weeds.

The Weed Control office is located in the upper level of the Bowman County Courthouse.


Weed Department Minutes

December 02, 2015

Roll Call:  Jeff Oakland, Jerid Janikowski, George Buckmeier, Randy Gaebe, Gary Symanowski

Minutes of Previous Meeting were read and approved on a motion by Jerid, second by George.

Board members approved vouchers for payment of bills.

Old Business:

Board members discussed hiring a noxious weed spot checker next summer. Jerid moved and George seconded a motion to offer a part-time position to Gary Symanowski at a wage of $15 per hour plus state mileage rate for use of his personal vehicle, and to pay a wage equal of that of the other part-time sprayer when assisting with right-of-way spraying. The Weed Board will pay for Mr. Symanowski’s commercial application certification.  On a roll call vote, all board members voted yes.

Jerid moved and George seconded a motion to have Randy inquire with the North Dakota Agriculture Department if Mr. Symanowski can be granted the same private land access privileges of a weed officer. On a roll call vote the motion carried.


Board members received North Dakota’s Noxious Weed Laws and Regulations booklet.


Board members received spreadsheets with summaries of all landowner cost-share programs.


Board members discussed 2016 Policies and program changes.   The milestone distribution will require participants to fill out a one-page application showing legal description of where chemical will be used.   Aerial and ground custom application will be reimbursed at 50% of cost.  George moved, Jerid seconded a motion to set a maximum reimbursement of $750 per operation for combined requests of in-kind and custom aerial and/or ground application. On a roll call vote all members voted yes. Motion carried.

Equipment reimbursement program will provide 25% reimbursement of spraying equipment up to $500 per operation.

Jerid moved, George seconded a motion to increase weed board custom application rate to $100/hour with cost-share of 25%. Custom application by weed board employee will only be offered to landowners after all right-of-way spraying is completed. On roll call vote, all members voted yes. Motion carried.

New Business:

Board members continued meeting by viewing building(s) at old airport. George moved, Jerid seconded a motion to request the opportunity for the weed board to obtain the older 40’ X 60’ steel building on the south east side of the old bowman airport. On a roll call vote, all members voted yes. Motion carried. Randy will request for the weed board to be placed on the agenda at the December 15, 2015 meeting of the Bowman County Commission.

The meeting adjourned at 4:15 pm.

Weed Department Meetings

The Bowman County Weed Board generally meets every first Thursday of the months; February, April, June, August, October, and December in the Dakota Room of the Bowman County Courthouse at 7:00pm. See the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

Weed Department Board

Jerid Janikowski President                    
Jeff Oakland Member
George Buckmeier Member