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FAX: (701) 523-4899

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

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

November 21, 2017
9:00 AM






The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on November 21, 2017, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Jerry Jeffers and Ken Steiner.

Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.   

Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Brackel would like to discuss employee parking. Abrahamson will provide an update on NDSU Extension Services. Jeffers made a motion to approve the agenda. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.

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


Bowman Auto Parts



Steve Beylund Construction



Berk Bowman






Brock White Construction Materials



Bowman Sales & Service



City of Bowman



Country Media






Dacotah Paper



3D Specialties



Frank Eberle



Electronic Communications



Fisher Sand & Gravel



Jerry Jeffers



Kempenich Home Cooked Cater



Kohler Communications



Lexis Nexis



Lyle Signs









Midcontinent Communications






ND State Attorneys Association



ND State Board of Law Examiners



Offroad Software



Dale Olson



Stephanie Pretzer



Propoint Cooperative



Radio City, Inc.



Randy's Welding



Bowman Slope SCD



Slope Electric



Ken Steiner



#1 Stop Sign Shop



TAB Electronics



True North Steel






West Plains, Inc.


 Brackel made a motion to approve the November 7, 2017 minutes, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Discussion was held on the cost share proposal for the provision of NDSU Extension services in the county.

Darin Langerud and Mark Schneider, representatives from North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board, presented the final report for the 2017 North Dakota Cloud Modification project.  Wayne Mrnak, Wes Andrews, Robb Narum, Bob Brewer and Dean Pearson members of the District I Advisory Committee were also present.  The 2017 report is on file in the office of the county auditor. 

            A bill for gravel was received from Ladd Township for 760 yards of gravel at a cost of $4,940 for the Stordahl Road. Abrahamson made a motion to approve 80% of cost. Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.    Motion carried

            Shane Biggs, Bowman County Road Superintendent, met to provide updates on ongoing road projects. The North Dakota Department of Transportation submitted a request to purchase 70 cubic yards of gravel from the county at a cost of $7.60 per cubic yard. Brackel made a motion to approve the purchase, with Steiner seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

 Bowman County State’s Attorney Stephanie Pretzer joined the meeting at 11:35 AM.

            At 1:15 PM the bid opening was held for county owned property.  Commissioner Braaten stated the terms of the sale. The property slated to sell is located in the City of Bowman, Twin Buttes Addition, Block 57 Lot 11.  The minimum bid started at $2,500. No bidders were present.

            David Horn, Bowman County Custodian, met with commissioners to provide the estimate from Randy’s Welding for a guard rail for the west side of the courthouse. Horn will gather more information and report back at a later date. Horn also presented information on flu stations to have available in the courthouse. The purchase would come from the maintenance budget. Brackel made a motion to purchase three flu stations. Steiner seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.   

            Discussion was held on snow removal. The following resolution was approved by a motion made by Brackel, seconded by Jeffers, and upon a vote, was unanimously passed.             

            BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by a unanimous vote of the Bowman County Commission that county residents are to avoid adding to the hazards of wintertime driving by not placing snow within seventy-five feet (75) from the center of the road, which also includes the ditch bottom and back slope of the roadway.  Snow dumped, plowed, pushed, blown or shoveled onto a roadway can create hazards not only for motorists, but also for snowplow equipment. Upon discovery of such incident the property owner will be given 24 hours to completely remove the obstruction. As per N.D.C.C. 24-05-23, if the landowner fails to pay the county for damages, the expense of the repair must be charged against the land of the landowner.  The expenses charged become a part of the taxes to be levied against the land for the ensuing year and must be collected in the same manner as other real estate taxes are collected.

Cal Klewin, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Director, met to inquire on the status of the Industrial Park.

            With no further business to discuss, Steiner made a motion at 3:09 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.  


                                                                                    Rick Braaten (s) Chairman                                                                                                                 Board of County Commission



ATTEST:  Mindy Schumacher (s) Bowman County Deputy Auditor

County Commission Agenda

December 19, 2017
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten


  1. Pledge of Allegiance


  1. Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. December 5, 2017 Minutes
  4. November Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. 2018 Beer and/or Liquor License Renewals
  6. Bowman County Citizen Interest Application for Various County Boards
  7. Elect 2018 Commission Chair/Vice-Chairman


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Cattle Guard Policy


  1. New Business


  1.  Proposed Revisions to Bowman County Employee Manual  


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


  1. NDSU Agricultural Ext Agent, Erin Gaugler     
  2. Southwest Healthcare Interim CEO, John Osse
  3. Bowman County Highway Superintendent S. Biggs            


1:15 PM ~Open at Time of Publication


 Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


       Wed. 12/20/17 11:45 AM – Review of Local Emergency Operations Plan

                                                           Dakota Room – Bowman Courthouse Upper Level


                         Monday 1/29/18 6:00 PM Local Emergency Planning Committee-

                                                                    Courthouse Emergency Operations Center

           Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – January 2, 2018 9:00 AM


  1. Adjourn

County Commission Meeting

The Bowman County Commissioners meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting at 9:00 AM. Meetings may be rescheduled from time to time if necessary; see the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

To be placed on the agenda with the Commissioners, please contact Bowman County Auditor at 701-523-3130


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 has four sons.  Rick engages in farm and ranch work.
Other Offices Held:
  • 1994 – 2002 Board Member Farmers Union Oil of Rhame
  • 2003 to present FSA County Committee 
  • 2004 to present Volunteer Bowman County Boys Basketball Coach

Kenneth Steiner

(701) 275-8789

Ken was first elected in 2002 to the Bowman County Commission.   Ken is married and has four children.  He has lived in Bowman County his entire life.  Ken engages in farming and ranching. His hobbies include camping and golfing.
Other Offices Held:
  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board Member 
  • Bowman County Park Board

Jerry Jeffers

(701) 279-5885

Jerry was elected to the Bowmn County Commission in 2016 and is the third generation on the Jeffers farm in southwestern Bowman; 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 had two sons and a daughter. Between them they have 11 grandchildren.
 Other Offices Held:
  • Current Bowman/Slope Soil Conservation board member
  • Current Bowman County Zoning 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.  He owns a trucking, custom spraying, and seeding business and is one of Bowman County’s finest entrepreneurs – he has the great ideas and the determination to make it happen! 


Other Offices Held:
Bowman/Slope Multi County Social Service District
Bowman County Information Technology Committee
All Seasons Arena
Bowman County Extension Advisory Council

Lynn Brackel

(701) 523-3749

Lynn was elected to 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 owned a plumbing business and has served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota area for over 30 years. Lynn still enjoys music and has been director of Church Choir for 30 years; Bowman County Community Band for 20 years; and Saxy Brass for 13 years.  Lynn is married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Other Offices Held:
  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development Board 
  • Member of Bowman Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Bowman Rotary Club
  • Bowman County Economic Development Corporation