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PHONE: (701) 523-3130
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

July 18, 2017
9:00 AM







The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on August 1, 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. Guests present:  Jerry and JoAnn Smyle, and Gail McGee.    

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

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



July Payroll



Social Welfare



Advanced Business Methods



Anchor Drilling Fluids



Bowman County Pioneer



Bowman County Sheriff's Office



Bowman County Treasurer



Rick Braaten



Brosz Engineering



Bowman Sales & Service



Crop Production Services



Double EE Service



Frank Eberle



Eido Connect



Fast Initial Response Systems



First International Bank & Trust



Erin Gaugler



Karla Germann



Jerry Jeffers



Jim's Repair



John Deere Financial









Midcontinent Communications



Kevin Miller Construction



Montana Liquid Transport






ND One Call






Newby's Ace Hardware



Dean Pearson



RDO Equipment



Blaine Schaefer



Scranton Equity



Ken Steiner



Jim Stebbins Trucking



Swanke's Pest Control



Rory Teigen



Tiger Electric



Western Emulsions



Western Dakota Energy Association



Steiner made a motion to approve the minutes from July 18, and July 25, 2017, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 

             Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, Executive Director, Cal Klewin, met to provide an update and stated that their efforts are focused on the transportation needs of western North Dakota.  Klewin requested a 2018 donation.  

            Bowman County Rural Ambulance District, Chair Pam Hestekin, board members, Darrell West and Darren Limesand, and Southwest District Services (SWHC) Interim Chief Executive Officer, John Osse, met to present the Bowman County Rural Ambulance 2018 Budget request.  The service contract with SWHC is effect until October and may be presented with potential changes.  The ambulance runs have met what was projected in the 2017 Budget. The revenue has increased due to an increase in the Medicare reimbursement rate.  

            Chris Peterson, community coordinator for C.O.R.E, met to provide awareness to the “Freshman Impact”, which is an interactive program designed to help teenagers understand the consequences of their decisions and, as a result, make wise choices.   The Bowman community will be sponsoring the event in September at the Bowman High School with neighboring schools attending.  An estimate of approximately 120 students will be attending, with the same number of volunteers expected to assist with the event.  Peterson is estimating a cost of $27,000.00 to host the Freshman Impact, of which Peterson is expected to raise approximately two to three thousand dollars.  Steiner made a motion to approve a $500 donation, from State Revenue Sharing, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

            Steiner made a motion to approve a donation of $500 for the Store Front Grant application from Southwest Healthcare Services for signage for their new facility.  The donation will be taken from State Revenue Sharing. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. 

            Jeffers made a motion to combine the duties of the Planning and Zoning Administrator with the tax equalization office, effective August 1, 2017.  Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.          

            Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, met to provide an update on on-going road projects.  The City of Scranton inquired if the county would reseal streets in the city, approximately one quarter mile, with county owned millings.  They have inquired if the county could complete the project, which would consist of hauling, laying and packing it.   Biggs will research the cost and provide the total at the next commission meeting.

            Bowman County Agricultural Extension Agent, Erin Gaugler, met to provide an update of the extension activities and reviewed the proposed 2018 Budget.  

Southwest Healthcare Services board members Duane Bowman, Julie Lockert, Gary Brennan, Jean Tennant, Roger Walters, and John Osse, Interim Executive Director, met to discuss their recent funding request.  A question and answer period was held between the commissioners and Southwest Healthcare representatives.   

Bowman County Airport Authority board members, Bob Morland and Rod Schaff met to present their proposed 2018 Budget.  Previously the county levy was at the maximum rate of 4 mills, as per state statue, but in recent years the commission has lowered the mills.  Morland stated that the board would like to see the levy slowly increase to the maximum, as it is essential for the operation of the airport.  The federal government pledges $150,000 per year to offset costs with five percent from the local airport authority.   

 Southwest District Health Executive Director, Sherry Adams and board member, Leah Honeyman, met to outline the district’s proposed 2018 Budget.  The joint county board meeting will be held on August 29th.   at 6:30, at Elks Club Dickinson.  



Chanell Walby, director of Rouzie Recreation Center and board member, Shawn Allerdings submitted a donation request for funds for the replacement of five water valves at the swimming pool.  Walby received a bid for $39,300.00.  The application request was for $15,720.  Brackel made a motion to donate $15,720 from State Revenue Sharing, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. 

 Steiner made a motion to approve funding of $250,000 from Bureau of Land Management Funds to Southwest Healthcare Services.   Steiner requested financial reports in sixty (60) days to see if their cash flow has improved.  Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Bowman County Tax Director, Dean Pearson and assistant Jodi Freier, met to present the proposed 2018 Budget for the tax equalization office and planning and zoning.  They are in the process of relocating all the planning and zoning documents to their office.

With no further business to discuss, Steiner made a motion at 5:10 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.   The next regularly commission meeting, scheduled for August 15, 2017, will begin at 8:00 AM instead of 9:00 AM.


                                                                                    Rick Braaten (s) Board of County Commission 



ATTEST:   Sandra K. Tivis (s) Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

August 15, 2017
8:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten


  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. August 1, 2017 Minutes
  4. Tax Director/Zoning Administrator Job Description 


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. 2018 Budget


  1. New Business


  1.  Bowman County Emergency Declaration – Severe Thunderstorm July 20, 2017
  2.  ND Dept. of Emergency Services – Active Volunteer of EMST


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


9:00 AM Bowman County Office Budget Presentations by Various Depts.      

  1. Bowman Library Board Update & 2018 Budget Request  
  2. Roosevelt Custer Executive Director, G. Buresh
  3. Bowman County Highway Superintendent S. Biggs




1:15 PMBowman Economic Development Corp. Board 2018 Budget Request

  1.            Bowman County Water Board 2018 Budget Request
  2. Bowman County Weather Modification Board 2018 Budget Request
  3. Bowman County Weed Board 2018 Budget Request
  4. Bowman County Fair Assoc.  2018 Budget Request
  5. Bowman County Housing Authority 2018 Budget Request  


 Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


  1. Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – September 5, 2017 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