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Tue Mar 16, 2021, 11:38 AM

Plowy McPlowFace plows through the competition to win snowplow naming contest

Plowy McPlowFace plows through the competition to win snowplow naming contest

MnDOT officials invited people in mid-December to submit possible names for snowplows. Among the submissions were a number of Minnesota-themed names, including Joe Plow-er, Justin More-snow, Kent Brrr-bek, Raspberry Brrr-et and Purple Snow.

Written By: Mary Divine / St. Paul Pioneer Press | 6:55 pm, Mar. 2, 2021

ST. PAUL — After all the votes were tallied, it wasn’t even close.

Plowy McPlowFace won the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s inaugural “Name a Snowplow” contest with 65,292 votes. The next-closest vote-getter was Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya, which garnered 29,457 votes. ... More than 122,000 votes were cast in all. ... Plowy McPlowFace will soon be plowing streets in the Metro District; Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya will make its home in District 4 in west-central Minnesota.

The other winning names, in order of vote totals, and their future homes are: Duck Duck Orange Truck in District 1 (northeastern Minnesota); Plow Bunyan in District 2 (northwestern Minnesota); Snowbi Wan Kenobi in District 6 (southeastern Minnesota); F. Salt Fitzgerald in District 7 (south-central Minnesota); Darth Blader in District 3 (central Minnesota); and The Truck Formerly Known As Plow in District 8 (southwestern Minnesota).

MnDOT officials invited people in mid-December to submit possible names for snowplows. Among the submissions were a number of Minnesota-themed names, including Joe Plow-er, Justin More-snow, Kent Brrr-bek, Raspberry Brrr-et and Purple Snow.

One of the most popular suggestions was the phrase “Abolish ICE,” according to an analysis by the Minnesota Reformer, an independent news website, which obtained the almost 23,000 entries in a public-records request. The name, a play on the rallying cry of critics of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ranked No. 2 among the entries, the Reformer determined. ... But MnDOT officials excluded it from its list of 50 finalists. ...“It was meant to be a fun and lighthearted contest,” Jake Loesch, a spokesman for MnDOT, told The New York Times. “There’s certainly a time and place for political expression. A snowplow-naming contest might not be the appropriate place for that.”

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The winners

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

Tallies for all 50 finalists can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/nameasnowplow/.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 11:46 AM

1. I was super disappointed that there weren't more Minnesota-specific winners.

Abolish ICE would have been the best, though.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 12:21 PM

2. One would hope

we could pick something that was not a copy off of another country with their Boaty McBoatface.

The rest of the few you posted (no time to go read the rest right now) are quite clever.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 04:33 PM

3. Actually, BoatyMcBoat Face is now re-named



sez the Guardian.

It's going to be called the RRS Sir David Attenborough instead of Boaty McBoatface, despite the fact that Boaty McBoatface won an online poll to decide its name.

As for the snowplow, I liked Darth Blader, considering how many cars get disappeared along side of the road.

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