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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

February 05, 2015
8:00 PM

Roll Call: Jeff Oakland, George Buckmeier, Jerid Janikowski, Rick Braaten, Randy Gaebe

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

Old Business:

Board members discussed building opportunities at the old airport. County commissioners will meet with Bowman County Airport Authority and Federal Aviation Administration officials on February 17 to discuss future plans for old airport property.


Randy reported that Ken Becker will return to help spray noxious weeds in right-of-ways again.


Randy reported that axles on Big Tex trailer are bent, causing uneven tire wear. Randy will obtain estimates for repair from Linstad Alignment in Belle Fourche and MGM Welding and Repair in Bowman.

New Business:

Board members discussed the need to review our County Noxious Weed List. Currently listed weeds are: baby’s breath, houndstongue, Scotch thistle, black henbane. After discussion, it was decided to leave county noxious weed list as is.

Jerid moved, George seconded a motion to have Randy attend the ND Reclamation Conference on February 24 in Dickinson. Upon a vote, motion was carried unanimously.

Board members discussed to allow delayed signing of vouchers on months with no meeting. Jerid moved and George seconded a motion to allow Randy to submit vouchers to the county auditor’s office without weed board chairman’s signature on months in which there are not weed board meetings. Copies of these vouchers and invoices will be retained until the next meeting at which time they will be signed by the weed board chairperson. Upon a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Randy provided a report from ND Weed Control Assoc. Convention. A new weed of major concern to North Dakota is Palmer Amaranth.

Jerid moved, George seconded a motion to approve all vouchers for payment. Upon a vote, motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 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