Updated Jan 20, 2022 - News

Voting open for Minnesota's Name a Snowplow contest

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Voting is now open in the Minnesota Department of Transportation's second annual Name a Snowplow contest.

State of play: The promotion, which gave us Plowy McPlowface and seven other newly named trucks, garnered major interest and national attention when it launched last year.

The nominees: MNDOT winnowed more than 10,876 entries into a list of 50 finalists.

  • Options include wintery puns (Everyday I'm Shovelin') and homages to household names (Betty Whiteout), as well as more literal picks (Mr. Plow).
  • Icamna, the Dakota word for blizzard, and Giiwedin, the Ojibwe word for north wind, also made the cut.

The rejects: Once again, Abolish ICE was one of the most popular submissions but not a finalist, according to a full list Axios obtained via a records request.

  • That's because contest rules prohibit "politically inspired names" or phrases — a move the agency says is meant to keep things light and nonpartisan.

For that reason, MNDOT also passed on dozens of entries riffing on a derogatory reference to President Biden that also takes a swipe at the media, including "Let's Snow Brandon," and several that praised or criticized Gov. Tim Walz.

Of note: Other cast aside suggestions included tributes to local personalities (Sven Snowgaard, Jason DeSlusha) and an Axios Twin Cities' reporter's own submission: "Snow Brevity."

How it works: Members of the public can choose up to eight of their favorites online through Wednesday, Jan. 26.

  • Winners will be announced in February.

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