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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 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app 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

October 20, 2020
9:00 AM





The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on October 20, 2020, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, and Josh Buchmann.   Jerry Jeffers was present via telephone conference.  Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

            Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve the agenda, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

            Bowman County’s newest employee, Skylar Marsh was introduced, as the new deputy auditor. 

            The following October 20, 2020 vouchers were approved by a motion made by Abrahamson, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.






A2Z Printing



A2Z Printing



Bowman Auto Parts



Butler Machinery



County Media






Dacotah Paper



Election Systems & Software



First International Bank



Glines Electric






Neal Kelner



Sydnee Kidd



Lutz Family LTD Partnership



Lyle Signs









ND Association of Counties



ND 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app Radio Communications



ND 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app Radio Communications



ND 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app Treasurer






Propoint Cooperative



Propoint Cooperative



Quadient Finance



RDO Equipment



Slope Electric



Bonnie Stinchfield






Wild & Weiss Law Office






                        Jeffers made a motion to approve the October 6 and October 13, 2020 minutes, as corrected, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson and Assistant Emergency Manager Karla Germann met to discuss courthouse security.   Buchmann recommended that the courthouse security committee meet and discuss options and report back with their recommendations.

                        Braaten provided an update to the revenue received from Oil and Gas Gross Production Tax.  At this point, the 2020 Year-End projection may be higher than originally forecasted.  澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app Aid revenue is ten percent lower than this time last year.   

                        Abrahamson reviewed the unorganized township survey that he conducted. 

                        Abrahamson made a motion to approve the 2020 Holiday hours for the courthouse.  The courthouse will be closed all day on December 24th and December 25th.  The courthouse will be open normal business hours on December 31, 2020.  Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        Discussion was held on the North Dakota Public Health Insurance Trust, which is offering employee health insurance.  In February 2021 the commissioners would like to review additional information on their benefits offered and options for coverage. 

                        The commissioners each received a copy of the new Solar Ordinance that was approved by the Bowman County Planning and Zoning Board at their last meeting.  A public hearing will be held on November 17, 2020, for comments/objections to the new ordinance.

                        Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs and Brosz Engineering representative Lucas Doerr met to discuss road projects.   Buchmann made a motion to approve the County Road Boring permit, submitted by MDU, for underground utility lines between 144th Avenue SW and 8508 Street SW, beginning in the SW Quarter, Section 7, Township 131 N Range 101W and ending in the SE Quarter, Section 12 Township 131N Range 102W.     Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        Discussion was held on the Robb Narum Gravel Pit.  Brosz Engineering will measure the pile utilizing a drone to provide final quantities. 

                        Bowman County 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app’s Attorney Andrew Weiss and RDO Sales Representative Steve Meier met to discuss the grader bid that was advertised and accepted last November.  The county will prepare new bid specifications for an additional grader.  The bid opening will be held on November 17, 2020, during the regularly scheduled commission meeting.  

                        Apex Clean Energy Inc. Public Engagement Manager Drew Christensen met to introduce Scott Jansen, as a new representative for the company, and answer any questions that the commissioners may have.    Guest present:  Chris Fischer.  The Bowman Wind Project Area map was reviewed.    

Discussion was held on the real estate that has been forfeited to the county for delinquent taxes.  The Public Hearing was held at 2:30 PM for any objections to the stated minimum bid price from the City of Bowman and City of Rhame.  No guests appeared to state opposition.  The following is the minimum sale prices; City of Rhame, North Dakota, Wheelock Addition, Block 2:  Lot 4, $12,770; City of Bowman, North Dakota, Original Townsite, Block 17:  Lot 2, $20,070.

                        Jeffers made motion at 4:20 PM to adjourn with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.                                                                                                      


                                                                                                Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Bowman County Commissioners


ATTEST: Sandra K. Tivis (s)

                 Bowman County Auditor


County Commission Agenda

December 01, 2020
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel


  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer –Pastor Chuck Johnson   


  1. Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Announcements                                   
  3. Vouchers
  4. November 17, 2020 Minutes
  5. November Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  6. November 2020 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Report
  7. 2021 Beer and/or Liquor License Renewals




  1. Unfinished Business



  1. New Business


  1. Update on Radio Systems


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00 AM  Mark Schneider, Atmospheric Research Board

             10:30 AM       County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs


1:15 PM Jim Stewart, Arntson, Stewart & Wegener        

                   2:00 PM  CEG Claims Management/Drug Free Workplace Training


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


December 9, 2020 6:00 pm – Bowman & Slope County Qrtly Responder Meeting

                        Join Zoom Meeting by computer:


Voice only: 1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 872 5029 8134         Passcode: 5525


  1. Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – December 15th, 9 AM.


  1.          Adjourn 

County Commission Meeting

Regular meetings of the Bowman County Commissioners begin 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 have 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 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人下载app 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 and he spends many hours working with his youngest daughter and fiancé on the home place.Pine is married with 4 children and 3 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 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app University in 1966 with a music degree and taught band and chorus for 12 years. Lynn owned a plumbing business and served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota areas for over 30 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 is married to Judy with 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



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