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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

February 02, 2021
9:00 AM





The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on February 2, 2021, 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 Raphael Obotama shared a prayer.

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

The following February 2, 2021, vouchers were approved by a motion made by Abrahamson, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

8951-8990 January Payroll $117,885.13
33610 Bowman County Fair Board $93,512.23
33611 Bowman County Treasurer $104.95
33612 Bowman County Weather Mod. Board $48,800.25
33613 Cashway Building Center $338.28
33614 Consolidated $236.00
33615 DTE, Inc. $581.40
33616 First International (Visa) $1,044.03
33617 Fluent IMS $4,100.00
33618 Leah King $53.78
33619 Lawson Products $1,033.79
33620 MCI $105.51
33621 MDU $2,585.04
33622 Midco $85.00
33623 ND Association of Counties $400.00
33623 ND Association of Counties $264.60
33624 North Dakota One Call $6.00
33625 North Dakota State University $70.00
33626 ND State Water Commission Admin $5,000.00
33627 ND County Treasurers Association $200.00
33628 Nelson International $4,088.60
33629 Newbys Ace Hardware $269.29
33630 NTT Cloud Communication $62.30
33631 Paystubz $175.58
33632 Quality Quick Print $55.00
33633 RDO Equipment $1,208.11
33634 Theodore Roosevelt Expressway $4,500.00
33635 Unlimited Office Products $56.08
33636 Woodley Construction $15.83
33637 Wild and Weiss Law Office $1,250.00
33638 West Plains Inc. $125.07


Braaten made a motion to approve the January 19, 2021 minutes, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the January 2021 Recorder and Sheriff Fee Collection Reports. Buchmann seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Braaten made a motion to approve the January 2021 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Application for Abatement of Taxes #2021-02 for $170.68, as the property qualified for renaissance zone exemption in July 2020. Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Bowman County Extension Agent, Max Robison, met to inform the Board that his performance review will be held Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, and inquired if a member of the Commission Board would like to attend. Chairman Brackel will attend the review.

Bowman County Treasurer Anita McLaughlin met to present the January 2021 Treasurer’s Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation Report. Braaten made a motion to approve, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Development Corporation staff, Teran Doerr, Laura Weber, Shelby Kinkade, and Brooklyn Engelhart met to discuss a grant that their office has received that would help fund the creation of a new strategic plan for Bowman County. They inquired if the County would be willing to contribute $5,000 to put towards the costs of putting the plan together. Buchmann made a motion to donate $5,000 to the Bowman County Development Corporation from the State Revenue Sharing Fund to go towards the cost of putting the strategic plan together. Braaten seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

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

Buchmann made a motion to approve the capacity of Courthouse meeting rooms to follow the ND Smart Restart Protocols. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County IT Coordinator, Karla Germann, met with commissioners regarding annual IT Training for employees. She has found a course that focuses on social media/email liability. The Commissioners would like for all employees to complete the training.

With no further business to discuss, Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:40 PM, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.


Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

Board of Bowman County Commissioners


ATTEST: Mindy Schumacher (s)

Bowman County Auditor


County Commission Agenda

March 02, 2021
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel


  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Ray Sherwood


  • Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. February 16, 2021 Minutes
  4. February 2021 Treasurer’s Report
  5. February 2021 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Reports
  6. February 2021 BLM Report
  7. Application for Local Raffle Permit- ND National Barrel Horse Association




Unfinished Business



New Business


Application for Abatement,2.00 A Residential Tract in Gov’t Lot 5 and SE1/4NW1/4 Sec 6-131-101



Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00 AM  Bowman County Tax Director Dean Pearson, Assistant Tax Director, Jodi Freier

10:30         Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs


1:15 PM    City of Scranton Auditor, Kari Ruggles

2:00           David Anderson, Denbury




            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other



  • Public Notices


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



  • Important Meeting Dates


  • Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – March 16, 2021, 9 AM



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