A recent viral sensation in Scotland comes to Minnesota

Scotland is ahead of the curve on naming their snowplows, as few as they have.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/scotland-gritter-snowplows-names/

Minnesota is not to be outdone; there has been a naming contest, enjoy the creativity!

Snowplow facts

  • MnDOT plows 30,400 lane miles of state highways and interstates in Minnesota. One mile of a four-lane road equals four lane miles.
  • MnDOT has more than 800 snowplows, including many reserve trucks that provide backup if a snowplow needs maintenance or is damaged.
  • 275 MnDOT snowplows are equipped with cameras to give motorists updated views of road conditions, you can see those cameras on 511mn.org.
  • MnDOT has more than 1,800 full-time and part-time snowplow drivers statewide. All operators are required to have a valid Class B commercial driver’s license. MnDOT also provides extensive two-week training for new operators each year at Camp Ripley, Minn., and annual refresher training for veteran plow drivers.
  • MnDOT has 150 truck stations statewide, with 23 of those in the Twin Cities Metro area.
  • Fully equipped trucks weigh as much as 66,000 pounds, 15 times more than an average car.
  • The average lifespan of a snowplow is 14 years and a tandem-axle snowplow costs more than $260,000 each.

There were a total of 122,435 unique voters.

Snowplow nameNumber of votes
Ain’t Snow Stopping Us Now7,969
Babe the Orange Plow7,266
Blizzard Blaster6,273
Blizzard of Oz12,665
Blizzard Wizard8,364
Buzz Iceclear11,079
C-3PSnow13,124
Cold Enough for Ya?4,719
Darth Blader20,344
Dontcha Snow13,736
Duck Duck Orange Truck25,824
Edward Blizzardhands13,381
F. Salt Fitzgerald20,699
Fast and the Flurry Less6,284
Flake Superior7,671
For Your Ice Only7,837
Frostbite4,045
Frosty the Snowplow9,108
Giiwedin (Ojibwe word for ‘north wind’)16,041
Goldy Snow-pher5,645
Ičamna (Dakota word for ‘blizzard’)14,264
Joe Plow-er5,958
Justin Moresnow6,676
Kent Brrr-bek5,955
King of the North8,099
Lake SnowBeGone8,061
Live, Laugh, Plow8,378
L’Plow du Nord12,237
Luke Snowalker8,098
Mary Tyler More Snow6,306
Minnesota nICE9,003
No Business Like Snow Business4,990
Oh Snow You Didn’t!9,518
Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya29,457
Plow Bunyan22,016
Plowabunga!11,226
Plowin’ in the Wind4,803
Plowy McPlowFace65,292
Princess Kay of the Snowy Way5,075
Purple Snow8,829
Raspberry Brrr-et11,465
Road Carew6,621
Sir Plows A Lot16,212
Snow Place like Home4,346
Snowbi Wan Kenobi21,568
Spirit of ‘919,338
Tator Tot Hotdish10,554
The Truck Formerly Known as Plow17,549
The Winterstate4,135

http://dot.state.mn.us/nameasnowplow/

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