If you live in Becker, Otter Tail, Clay, Douglas, Mahnomen or any other county in MnDOT District 4, don’t be surprised to see a snowplow go by with the folksy name of “Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya.”
In Hubbard, Clearwater and other counties in MnDOT District 2, that plow will be christened the mighty “Plow Bunyan.”
In Wadena, Todd, Crow Wing and other District 3 counties, the fearsome “Darth Blader” will use the dark side of The Force on snowy roads.
After plowing through more than 122,000 votes cast, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the eight winners of its inaugural Name a Snowplow contest. One snowplow in each of MnDOT’s eight districts will officially be named this month.
The winning names, in order of vote totals, and their future homes are:
- Plowy McPlowFace – Metro District
- Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya – District 4
- Duck Duck Orange Truck – District 1
- Plow Bunyan – District 2
- Snowbi Wan Kenobi – District 6
- F. Salt Fitzgerald – District 7
- Darth Blader – District 3
- The Truck Formerly Known As Plow – District 8
“We are amazed by the number of creative name suggestions people proposed,” said Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “We thank everyone for their votes and participation in this fun contest, and through the process, becoming more aware of our snowplows, the tireless women and men who operate them, and the work necessary to keep our roads safe.”
The agency first invited people to submit creative ideas for snowplow names in mid-December. After more than 22,000 name ideas were submitted, MnDOT staff had the challenging task of narrowing down the list and selecting 50 finalists for the public to vote on. These 50 names were determined by considering several factors, including but not limited to how creative or unique the name was, whether it would be understandable or identifiable to broad audiences, and the frequency of submissions.