Fast and Flurrious voting begins for MnDOT’s annual Name a Snowplow Contest
Voting is now open for the annual Name a Snowplow contest, the fourth year the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has held the contest.
The top eight vote-getters will become MnDOT snowplow names, one for each MnDOT district. Voting is open now through Sunday, Jan. 28. Individuals will be able to vote once and select up to eight names. Some of the contenders include Flake Superior, Plower Power and Beyonsleigh. See the list of finalists and vote now at www.mndot.gov/nameasnowplow.
MnDOT received more than 8,000 snowplow name suggestions last month. MnDOT staff reviewed the submissions and selected 49 finalists. The agency considered a variety of factors including uniqueness, Minnesota-specific ideas, frequency of submissions and names that would be understandable to most audiences. “We have so much fun with this contest each year and getting to see the creative names people submit, but this is also a way to get more people connected to our agency and appreciate the hard work our MnDOT operators do each season,” Local 801’s Anne Meyer, contest coordinator, said.
The winning names will be announced in late January.
Minnesotans are encouraged to follow @mndot on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram for updates on the Name a Snowplow contest, as well as for winter weather updates, safety messages and more.
MnDOT staff have also helped to name three additional snowplows in acknowledgement of the highways the state plows adjacent to tribal lands: Giiwedin-The North Wind and Goonodaabaan-Snow Vehicle (both Ojibwe), and Icamna-Blizzard (Dakota).