Voting open for Minnesota's Name a Snowplow contest
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.
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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