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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

August 18, 2020
9:00 AM





The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on August 18, 2020, 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.  Father Paul Eberle provided a prayer.

            Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.  Jeffers will provide an update to the recent zoning board meeting.  Abrahamson requested time to discuss the recent request from Dunn County Commissioner Daryl Dukart to consider becoming a member of Vision West ND.  Brackel will provide an update from the recent Council on Aging meeting and the 2020 recipients that were provided revenue to offset 2020 expenses. Abrahamson made a motion to approve the agenda, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

            The following announcement was made:  Brackel will partake in a live radio interview hosted by KCAD FM Radio on the 2020 Census process. 

                        The following August 18, 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



BALCO Uniform



Bowman Auto Parts



Bowman County Treasurer



Bowman Parks & Recreation



Bronson's Marketplace



Burke Ranch Trucking



Center For Ed. & Employment Law



City of Bowman



City of Rhame



City of Scranton



Country Media






Dacotah Paper



Double EE Service



Dakota Western Insurance






Jim's Repair



Kiesler Police Supply



Lomco Inc



Matthew Bender & Co.



Midwest Card & ID Solutions



Peters Trucking



Propoint Cooperative



Propoint Cooperative



Randy's Welding



RELX, Inc.



Louis Rose






Scranton Equity



Slope Electric






Team Lab



Underground Vaults & Storage






Woodley Construction



Western Emulsions



West River Veterinary Clinic



Western Dakota Energy Association



Wild & Weiss Law Office





                        Braaten made a motion to approve the August 4, 2020 and August 10, 2020 minutes with the correction. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Braaten made a motion to reappoint Beth Criswell to serve as a board member on the Southwest Rural Economic Area Partnership Board, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the Resolution for funding for PACE, FLEX PACE and interest buy downs administered by the Bowman County Development Corporation for 2021, if needed.  The funds will be taken from the State Revenue Sharing account.  Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Jeffers provided an update from the last zoning meeting and stated that Apex Clean Energy hopes to begin the permitting process with the county and state in October 2020.  Jeffers also mentioned that Bill Pladson met to inquire on the Bowman County Zoning Ordinance application process for a potential municipal waste site on the GMHR property, located in Fischbein Township.    

            Bowman County State’s Attorney Andrew Weiss joined the meeting at 10:15 AM.  Weiss provided an update on Denbury Resources Inc. recent filing of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Bowman County Treasurer Anita McLaughlin inquired on how their bankruptcy will affect the collection of taxes. Weiss will research and report back.          

          Weiss recommended approval of the Task Order agreement, presented by Brosz Engineering, and suggested that the county opt out of the North Dakota State Transportation agreement for bridge inspections and execute the Brosz Engineering agreement.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Brosz Engineering Task Order agreement, at a cost of $47,500.  Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                         Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs and Brosz Engineering representative Lucas Doerr met to provide updates to road projects.

                        Abrahamson made a motion to approve Change Order No. 1F for a decrease of $41,354.08 for final quantities, with ASTECH Corporation.   Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        Buchmann made a motion to approve the Utility Permit, submitted by Robb Narum, for a county road boring between 140th Avenue SW and 8006 Street SW. Biggs has surveyed the area and does not see a problem with the boring.  Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Biggs presented the Unorganized Township 129N R105W request for a 30’ X 18” culvert. Buchmann made a motion to approve with Bowman County and the Unorganized Township with each being responsible for fifty percent of the cost.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.   Buchmann made a motion to rescind his previous motion and bring forth at the next meeting for discussion. Abrahamson seconded the motion.   

                          With no further business to discuss, Jeffers made motion at 3:00 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.                                                                                                          

                                                                                                Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Bowman County Commissioners



ATTEST: Sandra K. (s) Tivis

                 Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

September 15, 2020
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel


  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer –Pastor Mary Wiggins


  1. Consideration for Approval


  1. Agenda
  2. Announcements                        
  3. Vouchers
  4. September 1 & September 2, 2020 Minutes
  5. August 2020 BLM Report
  6. Credit Card Authorization


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Unorganized Township Road Maintenance  


  1. New Business


  1. United States Dept. of Interior – ND Resource Management Plan
  2. Update of the ND County Commission Assoc. Resolutions
  3. ND Dept. of Transportation – Improvement on Highway 12 - 3rd Ave SE East


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00         Bowman County Rural Ambulance District Annual Meeting

10:30         County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs


1:15 PM Joe Silverthorne Tyler Technologies Account Manager

                     2 PM Gascoyne Material Handling and Recycling Conditional Use Permit Hearing *

  *Contingent on prior approval from the Bowman County Planning and Zoning Board


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


   September 23, 2020 6:00 pm–Quarterly 911 Meeting–Bow County Emergency Operation                                                   

                                                         or Zoom meeting by computer (call for phone and meeting number)


  October 1, 2020 – 9:00 AM NDACo – County Commission Annual Caucus Meeting

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  1. Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – October 6, 2020 9:00 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 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 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 State 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