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Creative names wanted: MnDOT’s annual Name a Snowplow contest returns for fourth year

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Back by popular de­mand, the Minnesota Department of Trans­portation is once again inviting the public to help name another round of eight snowplows – one for each MnDOT district in the state.

Past winners include names like Plowy McPlowFace, Blader Tot Hotdish, Han Snowlo, and The Truck Formerly known as Plow.

MnDOT encourages people to submit their most witty, unique, and Minnesota- or win­ter-themed snowplow name ideas on the agency’s website. Submissions will be accepted through Fri­day, Dec. 15, at noon.

This year’s contest includes a few basic rules:

  • Each person may only submit one name.
  • Submissions are limited to no more than 30 characters (including letters and spac­es).
  • Gosh darn it, nothing vulgar please. Any submissions that include profanity or other inappropriate language will not be considered.
  • Politically inspired names (including phrases, slogans, or plays on politicians’ names) will not be considered. Naming snowplows is meant to be fun and light­hearted, so we’re going to keep this con­test nonpartisan and nonpolitical.
  • Past winners will also not be considered. You can find a full list of past win­ners on our Name a Snowplow website.

MnDOT staff will review all the submis­sions, select some of the best ideas, and in­vite the public to vote on their favorites in January 2024. The eight names that get the most votes will then make their way onto a snowplow in each district!

Minnesotans are encouraged to follow @MnDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on the 2023-24 Name a Snowplow contest as well as winter weather alerts, safety messages, construction updates and more.

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