Putting the name to the blade: MnDOT opens voting for this year’s snowplow naming contest

The state Department Transportation’s third annual “Name a Snowplow” contest is in full effect for the winter season.

The contest allows Minnesotans to express their creativity, and wittiness, when naming the fleet of eight district snowplows that are responsible for clearing the roadways across the state.

In December, MnDOT received more than 10,400 submissions for possible snowplow names, with 60 of them being chosen as finalists. Now, voting for the top eight names is open until Friday, Feb. 13.

In the 2021-22 winter season, the contest had about 23,000 submissions and more than 122,000 voters. The winning name was “Plowy McPlowFace” which won with 65,292 votes for the Metro District. Second place was “Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya” with 29,457 votes for District 4.

Voters can go to mndot.gov/nameasnowplow to vote once for their top eight names out of the 60 finalists.

The 60 finalist names are chosen based on uniqueness, frequency of submissions, Minnesota-specific themes, easily identifiable and understandable to the majority of the audience. Some of this season’s finalists include, Aaron Brrr, Sir, Blader Tot Hotdish, Han Snowlo, Ičamna (Dakota word for “blizzard”), Mighty Morphin Plower Ranger, SKOL Plow, Yer a Blizzard Harry and 53 more.

Voting closes on Feb. 13. Fans, creatives and snow-enthusiasts alike can follow the MnDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mndot for updates, as well as weather and safety alerts and project updates.Related Articles

News |

Advocates of Twin Cities-Duluth passenger rail service say they are more optimistic about approval

3-7″ of snow forecast for metro Thursday; St. Paul suspends residential plowing to clear major roads
Passenger’s video captures last moments before Nepal crash
Fastest Corvette ever is all-wheel-drive gas-electric hybrid
Flight data, voice recorders retrieved from Nepal crash site