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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.

County Commission Minutes

Sept 7, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on September 7, 2022, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann 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. Chad Njos asked to be added after the publication of the agenda.  Abrahamson moved to approve the agenda with the addition. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following September 7, 2022, vouchers were approved by a motion by Buchmann, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

August Payroll $201,840.40
35842 Dacotah Paper $835.47
35843 First International Bank (Visa) $957.78
35845 MCI $113.89
35846 Midco $103.82
35847 North Dakota State Treasurer $132.44
35848 Deere Credit, Inc $8,445.00
35849 John Deere Financial $977.94
35850 Addco Office Systems $152.25
35851 Advanced Business Methods $143.09
35852 AED Market $171.00
35853 BergenKVD $207.77
35854 Black Butte Associates $739.52
35855 Boss Office Products $166.99
35855 Boss Office Products $70.94
35856 Bowman Auto Parts $496.85
35857 Bowman City $533.32
35857 Bowman City $1,734.26
35858 Bowman County Development Corp $250.00
35859 Bowman County Treasurer $16.90
35860 Bronson’s Marketplace $57.06
35861 Brosz Engineering $15,342.50
35862 Buckley Ranch $9,983.20
35863 Budd Falen Law Office $10,854.28
35864 Dakota Dust-Tex $175.95
35865 EIDO Connect $215.30
35866 Electronic Communications $1,802.66
35867 Fisher Sand and Gravel $14,045.72
35868 Glines Electric $520.41
35869 James Peters Trucking $19,292.22
35870 Jim’s Repair $551.10
35871 Jodi Freier $49.00
35872 Mathew Bender $106.04
35873 Montana Dakota Utilities $3,162.33
35874 North Dakota Association of Counties $350.00
35875 Newby’s Ace Hardware $195.31
35876 Northwest Tire $952.03
35877 Off Road Software Inc $2,025.00
35878 ProPoint COOP $1,084.32
35879 ProPoint Cooperative $8,117.15
35880 Ramada Inn $259.20
35881 Rhame Rural Fire District $1,695.00
35882 S&T Custom Plumbing $74.10
35883 The Badlands Patriot $125.00
35883 The Badlands Patriot $1,358.76
35884 Western Dakota Energy Association $4,750.00
35885 Western States Sheriff’s Association $100.00
35886 Woodley’s Construction $36.29


Abrahamson moved to approve the August 16, 2022, minutes with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Treasurer, Anita McLaughlin, met to present the August 2022 Treasurer’s Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation Report. Jeffers moved to approve, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Brackel moved to approve to send a letter of support for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute application for the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Discretionary Grant Program. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

Abrahamson moved to approve the August 2022 Recorder and Sheriff Fee Collection Reports. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Brackel moved to approve the August 2022 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

At 10:30 AM, Chad Njos, Jeff Oakland, and other guests met with commissioners. A complete list of guests present is on file in Auditor’s office. They met to request that the commissioners draft a letter to the Public Service Commission requesting another hearing in Bowman for the APEX (Bowman Wind Project). Bowman County State’s Attorney, Andrew Weiss, will draft a letter.

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, and Lucas Doerr, Brosz Engineering, met to discuss road projects.

Bowman County Sheriff, Frank Eberle, gave an update on his office.

At 12:00 PM Brackel made a motion to adjourn the meeting, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.


Rick Braaten, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners

ATTEST:   Mindy Schumacher, Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

Oct 6, 2022 – 9:00 AM

Call to order Chairman Braaten


Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Renee Johnson


  • Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. September 20, 2022 Minutes
  4. September Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. September 2022 Month-End BLM Report
  6. September 2022 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Report


Unfinished Business

    1. State Fair Delegate
    2. Agenda Policy


New Business

    1. Establish Appraisal for Annual Delinquent Property Sale (If Needed)




Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

9:30 AM    Frank Eberle, Bowman County Sheriff

10:00         Pam Hestekin, Little Missouri Scenic River Update

10:30         NDSU Bowman County Extension Agent, Penny Nester

11:00         Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs


1:15 PM    Public Hearing for Adoption of 2023 Budget

1:45           Bowman County FFA  

2:00           Legion Representatives, Flag Project Update



                   Elected Officials Office Updates & Other



  • Public Notices


  • Important Meeting Dates


  • Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –October 18, 2022 9:00 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

Lynn Brackel

(701) 523-3749


Lynn was elected to the County Commission in 2008. He graduated from Dickinson State University in 1966 with a music degree and taught band and chorus for 12 years. Lynn still enjoys music and has directed the Church Choir for 30 years, Bowman County Community Band for 20 years, and Saxy Brass for 20 years.  Lynn owned a plumbing business and served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota areas for over 30 years. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.


Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board of Directors
  • Yesterday’s Farmers Treasurer
  • Dakota Territory Collectors Car Club
  • Bowman Lutheran Worship Board




PHONE: (701) 523-3130

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


Monday – Thursday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
12:30pm – 4:30pm MT

7:30am – 12:00pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)