LINCOLN — The Nebraska Department of Transportation has announced the winners of its inaugural “Name a Snowplow” contest, and the elementary school with the top winning names is Bloomfield. Elementary school students from the northeast Nebraska community of 1,393 people entered eight of the winning names.
The DOT contest drew over 300 submissions from Nebraska elementary school students and the list was narrowed down to 17 winners.
According to Shannon Ankeny, director of communications and public policy at NDOT, the creativity of the student submissions was impressive, making it difficult to narrow down the list.
Winners include: Blizzard of Oz, Dark Blader, Snowbuster and Snow Big Red.
Ankeny said, “We were thrilled to give Nebraska students the chance to get involved in naming our plows. It’s also a great way to recognize our plow drivers and maintenance workers, who are often the unsung heroes of keeping our roads safe during and after winter.
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Plows selected for new names will be listed at plows.nebraska.gov where the name and location of each plow is available in real time. While NDOT has over 600 snow plows, these 17 winners will be the only ones identified by name for now.