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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

February 16, 2021 – 9:00 AM

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on February 16, 2021, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers.  Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Pastor Ed Kvaale shared a prayer.

Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. A Citizen Interest Application for the Zoning Board was received and will need to be reviewed.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve the agenda with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following February 16, 2021, vouchers were approved by a motion made by Abrahamson, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

33643 Aramark $217.98
33644 A2Z Printing $127.22
33645 Bowman Auto Parts $411.14
33646 Bronson’s Marketplace $27.96
33647 Capital I Industries $621.93
33648 City of Bowman $1,826.73
33649 Country Media $704.00
33650 Consolidated $1,114.51
33651 Double EE Service $30.00
33652 Eido Connect $28.00
33653 Josh Hetland $477.89
33654 ITD $553.15
33655 John Deere Financial $1,835.83
33656 ND County Recorders Association $200.00
33657 North Dakota State University $70.00
33658 ND Weed Control Association $275.00
33659 Northwest Tire $1,255.04
33660 Propoint Cooperative $3,140.31
33661 Randy’s Welding $65.74
33662 Relx (LexisNexis) $42.00
33663 SBM $1,021.72
33664 Scranton Equity $57.33
33665 SWMCC $6,001.55
33666 Verizon $609.06
33667 West River Vet Clinic $118.96
33668 Wild & Weiss Law Office $1,250.00


Abrahamson made a motion to approve the February 2, 2021 minutes, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Jeffers made a motion to appoint Chris Fischer to replace Mike Sondeland, who has resigned, on the Bowman County Zoning Board, with Abrahamson seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Apex Clean Energy Representatives, Drew Christensen and Scott Jansen, called in to the meeting to provide an update and answer questions on the Bowman Wind Project.  Also present Bowman County Zoning Board Member, Chris Fischer, and Bowman County Co-Zoning Director, Jodi Freier.

Bowman County Courthouse Maintenance Manager, David Horn, Bowman County Sheriff, Frank Eberle, and Bowman County Deputy Sheriff, Colin Dunn, discussed the proposed partition in the sally port. Due to concerns, the partition will not be put in the sally port. Eberle also gave an update on the Sheriff’s Office.

At 12:00 PM, the Commissioners attended the Bowman County Development Corporation Annual Meeting virtually.

Buchmann left the meeting at 12:12 PM.

With no further business to discuss, Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:49 PM, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.


Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

Board of Bowman County Commissioners


ATTEST: Mindy Schumacher (s)

Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

April 6, 2021 – 9:00 AM

Call to order Chairman Brackel


Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Father Paul Eberle


  • Consideration for Approval:




March 16, 2021 Minutes

March 2021 Treasurer’s Report

March 2021 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Reports

March 2021 BLM Report


Unfinished Business


Utility Permit Application (Adding expiration date to application)


New Business


Application for Abatement, 5.0 A Tract in E1/2NE1/4 Section 21-132-104 Rhame Township

Burn Ban Proclamation

Bid for construction on Project: TAC-5-012(051)034, PCN 22673-ND 12 in Bowman

R&B Resolutions

Weed Board – PT Summer Sprayers

 Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00 AM  Open at time of publication

10:30         Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs


1:15 PM    Hearing on Tax Abatement, Lot 14 Block 2 Northwest Estates First Addition

2:00           ABLE Inc. Representatives



            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other



  • Public Notices


The County Commission has been invited to attend the following events and/or meetings:



  • Important Meeting Dates


Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –April 20, 2021, 9 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


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