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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

October 02, 2014
8:00 PM

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

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

Board members approved vouchers for payment of bills.

Old Business:

The 2015 Weed board Budget has been submitted to the county commission which will hold a county budget hearing on Oct. 7 at 6:00 pm.


Weed board members discussed building improvement possibilities. The option of partnering with courthouse maintenance on a building project on the North side of the courthouse may not be feasible due to the existence of ground source heat loops in the area. Discussion was held regarding the possible expansion of the existing building (old county shop). Randy will look into possibilities.


New Business

County Commission has approved the installation of an electronic time and attendance system for county employees during the coming winter. A smartphone app is available for employees who do not report for work at the courthouse or the county shop.

Board members discussed cost-share program adjustments for 2015. Current use of cost-share dollars shows large use for commercial application on private land. Discussion was tabled until next meeting. Randy will prepare some suggested options.

Board members discussed invasive weeds not currently on our county noxious weed list. Burdock is a species we will continue to evaluate.

Randy attended the North American Invasive Species Management Association’s conference in Fargo this week. Topics of interest were use of unmanned aerial system photography technology for weed control, as well as a brush mower which incorporates herbicide application technology at the same time.

George moved, Jerid seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 pm. Motion carried.

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