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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

Jan 24, 2023

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on January 24, 2023, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Jerid Janikowski and Jerry Jeffers. Absent: Josh Buchmann. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Janikowski moved to approve the agenda. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following January 24, 2023, vouchers were approved by a motion made by Abrahamson, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

36465 Amkota LLC (Bismarck Hotel) $259.20
36466 Balco Uniform $189.00
36467 Bowman Co Development Corp $2,030.00
36468 Dakota Prairie Helping Hands $2,850.00
36469 EIDO Connect $147.20
36470 Family Connection $630.00
36471 First International Bank & Trust $2,517.68
36472 Fluent IMS $4,900.00
36473 Frank Eberle $10.50
36474 Jason Bullis $24.58
36475 Tiger Electric $100.00
36476 Kruger’s Kitchen $737.10
36477 Mid-State Organized Crim Info Center $100.00
36479 MDU $3,249.80
36480 NDACO $407.00
36481 ND Clerk’s Association $100.00
36482 ND County Treasurer’s Assn $100.00
36483 ND Dept of Transportation $295.58
36484 NDAWN Center $500.00
36485 Post Board $200.00
36486 Roosevelt Custer Regional Council $9,170.00
36487 Slope Electric $289.43
36488 Sunrise Youth Bureau $5,000.00
36489 SWMCCC $4,617.02
36490 The Badlands Patriot $850.64
36491 Trane $7,677.75
36492 Verizon $485.61
36493 MCI $81.81
36494 MidCo $103.82


Abrahamson moved to approve the January 10, 2023, minutes with Janikowski seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson moved to approve the 2023 Radar Service Contract. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Jeffers moved to approve the Continuation of HVAC Service Agreement from Trane. Janikowski    seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

City of Bowman Chief of Police, Charles Headley, presented a power point presentation on 2022 Bowman City Police Department activity.

Teran Doerr and Margie Russ met on behalf of the Bowman County Housing Authority. Russ presented a Request for Amendment for the Jesco Building Grant. Discussion was also held on the need for a  maintenance person for the Jesco Building, and also on the accounting position. Russ, although no longer on the Housing Authority Board, is willing to continue to do the accounting.

Guest present: Anna Hays.

Jeffers moved to approve the Resolution Opposing Legislation Making Bowman County Clerk of Court’s Office a State Office. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

The board reviewed correspondence from Elder Care that is requesting additional funding due to a shortfall in 2022. Commission have further questions regarding the request and would like to speak to a representative from the Bowman/Slope Council on Aging before making a decision. We will try to schedule for the February 7, 2023 meeting.

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, and Lucas Doerr, Brosz Engineering, met to discuss road projects. Commissioners reviewed the 2023 County Road Department Rates. More discussion will be held at the February 7, 2023 meeting. Doerr presented their 2023 hourly rate sheet.

Bowman County Sheriff, Frank Eberle, met to give an update on his office.

At 1:38 PM Jeffers moved to adjourn the meeting, with Janikowski seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.


Rick Braaten, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners

ATTEST: Mindy Schumacher, Bowman County Audi

County Commission Agenda

Feb 7, 2023 – 9:00 AM

Call to order Chairman Braaten


Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Renee Johnson


Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. January 24, 2023 Minutes
  4. January Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. January 2023 Month-End BLM Report
  6. January 2023 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Report


Unfinished Business

    1. 2023 County Road Department Rates
    2. Request from Elder Care


New Business

    1. Citizen Interest Application for Bowman County Weather Modification Board
    2. Discussion on Battery Energy Storage Moratorium




Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

9:30 AM    Bowman County Sheriff, Frank Eberle

10:00         Dennis Walser, Bowman Slope Council on Aging

11:00         Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs


                   Elected Officials Office Updates & Other



  • Public Notices


BCDC Annual Meeting, February 8, 2023, Bowman Golf Course, 5:30 PM


2023 SW Night with the Legislators, February 13, 2023, Bismarck Hotel and

Conference Center, 4 PM


ND Bureau of Land Management Presentation, February 28, 2023, Bowman City Hall, 5:30 PM



Important Meeting Dates


Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –February , 2023, 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)