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Voting begins for Minnesota's annual snowplow naming contest

Finalists include names like "Clearopathra" and "Just Scraping By."

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A snow plow works to clear U.S. Highway 75 in Moorhead on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
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ST. PAUL — Voting is now open for the 2022-23 “Name a Snowplow” contest, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The top eight vote-getters will become MnDOT snowplow names — one named snowplow for each of MnDOT's eight districts.

Minnesotans can see all the finalist names and vote now through Friday, Feb. 3, at www.mndot.gov/nameasnowplow .

Individuals can vote once and select up to eight of their favorite names.

MnDOT received more than 10,400 snowplow name submissions in December.

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The agency's staff and leadership reviewed the ideas and selected 60 finalists for public voting.

Finalists include names like "Clearopathra" and "Just Scraping By."

The agency considered a variety of factors when selecting the finalists, including uniqueness, frequency of submissions, Minnesota-specific ideas, and names that would be easily identifiable and understandable to most audiences.

In early February, MnDOT will announce the eight winning names and areas where the newly named snowplows will be located.

This is the third year MnDOT has invited the public to help name a handful of the state’s 800-plus snowplows.

Last year's winners included "Betty Whiteout" and "Ctrl Salt Delete."

Minnesotans are encouraged to follow @mndot on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on the contest, as well as winter weather alerts, safety messages, project updates and more.

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