SDDOT Snowplow Naming Contest


Our SDDOT Snowplow Naming Contest has received local, statewide, and even national attention as we’ve engaged with the public. This public awareness initiative is about public safety . . .  safety of all drivers on the roadways and safety of the snowplow drivers!

The 2023 SDDOT Named Snowplows Blizzard Bracket involves 36 snowplows (named by the public over the last three years) in a single-elimination contest to determine the 2023 Fan Favorite Named Snowplow!

SDDOT Snowplow Naming Contest Details:

  • Live voting begins on March 14, 2023, voting will be held on this webpage and the SDDOT social media pages.
  • The names of all contest winners are in active service within the SDDOT fleet!
  • Each of the last three years of the snowplow contest, people across the state have joined us in sharing safety messaging (and some fun) by submitting thousands of names for the contest. 

As we “snowplow” through March, we are highlighting the 36 Named SDDOT Snowplows to date. The public can engage by voting for their favorites within each of the four SDDOT Region brackets. Based on public voting totals, the favorite named Snowplows (within each bracket) will advance through the elimination to the next round. On April 3, 2023, like the NCAA, we too will name a final champion . . . the 2023 Fan Favorite Named Snowplow Champion!


Aberdeen Area – Luke Ice Walker
Luke Ice Walker
Submitted by Tak Lesner - Mrs. Block's 4th Grade in Webster

View the Dakota News Now Story here
Belle Fourche Area – Catch My Drift
Catch My Drift
Submitted by Merida Smith - 
Lantis Enterprises in Spearfish
Custer Area - Black Hills Cold Rush
Black Hills Cold Rush
Submitted by Janice Albers
Huron Area - Thawsome
Submitted by Michelle Janke
Mitchell Area – Sleetwood Mac
Sleetwood Mac
Submitted by Logan Patrick
Mobridge Area - Snow Force One
 Snow Force One
Submitted by
 Gavin Silbernagel
Pierre Area – Little Plow on the Prairie

Little Plow on the Prairie
Submitted by Sarah Wellner

DRG News Article

KCCR Radio Article

Sioux Falls Area - Blizzard Buster

Blizzard Buster
Submitted by 
Christine Wanless


Rapid City Area - Betty White-Out

Betty White-Out
Submitted by Tayla Irwin

Read the full news story here and view additional photos

Watertown Area – Snowmagator
Submitted by Tarra White | 
Tiospa Zina Tribal School - Tarra White’s 1st grade classroom
Winner Area - Plowabunga

Submitted by 
Mesa Bartlett
Daughter of Collin Bartlett, Highway Maintenance Worker for the SDDOT in White River


Yankton Area - 605 Polar Express
605 Polar Express
Submitted by 
Jim Lundquist

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Kids Activity Packet:


Snowplow Naming Contest Rules:

Name the SDDOT Snowplow Contest participation rules: Consent to post or publish names and photographs of winners is given with the submission of each entry form on the SDDOT website. Marketing will include posts on SDDOT website, Facebook and Twitter accounts in addition to radio, print and newspaper.  Identifying information (email) in each entry form will be used for the sole purpose of contacting individuals whose entry is chosen after receiving the highest number of votes in a SDDOT Area.

We will ONLY contact winning entries. Any personal contact information (names/emails) provided on the entry form will be accessible to SDDOT employees whose job reasonably requires access to the information for the Name the Snowplow Contest. Contact information will not otherwise be shared internally or externally. SDDOT employees are not eligible to participate since they are voting on entries!  If you have trouble submitting the form below, you can email Julie directly.

View the Past Winners:

2021-22 Winners

Aberdeen Area - Blizzard of Oz
Belle Fourche Area - Mr. Snow Jangles
Mr. Snow Jangles
Submitted by Toni Brumbaugh


Custer Area - Snow Squatch
Snow Squatch
Submitted by Karen Simon


Governor Noem's Honorary Name - Dale

Watertown Area - Governor Noem's Honorary Name - Dale


Click here to Watch the Eye on Kelo Segment


Click here to read the Argus Leader Article

Huron Area - Termiblader
Submitted by: Highmore-Harrold Elementary - 1st Grade Class


Jim Stephenson – (yellow) Lead HMW  – Brad Parmely – HMW  (operator of Termiblader) both out of the Highmore SDDOT Shop

Mitchell Area - Highway Hero
Highway Hero
Submitted by: Melissa Davis

Read the Mitchell Republic News Article about Highway Hero!

What would you name a snowplow? How's 'Highway Hero,' which will soon push powder, scrape ice in Mitchell area

The South Dakota Department of Transportation announced 12 winners of the state's second annual Name the Snowplow contest

Written By: Hunter Dunteman | 1:49 pm, Jan. 5, 2022

A City of Mitchell snow plow clears off a road near Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

PIERRE, S.D. — Twelve freshly named snowplows will hit the streets this winter, pushing fresh powder aside for travelers in South Dakota to arrive to their destinations safely.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) held its second annual Name the Snowplow contest in November, accepting public submissions for state-owned snowplows in 12 different plowing districts across the state.

The contest was designed to engage people across the state with the SDDOT in a fun way while providing safety information to assist the traveling public during winter weather.

“Dale’s legacy is a tribute to all snowplow operators, tow truck drivers, law enforcement officials, and others who work long hours, in tough winter weather conditions, to keep the traveling public safe throughout our state,” Noem said.

Roadway safety is a high priority for the SDDOT, and officials say winter driving and snowplow safety awareness is vital to keeping people safe each and every day.

Melissa Davis, of Mitchell, who submitted the winning name of Highway Hero, focused her entry on the hard work of the SDDOT snowplow operators.

“There are heroes all around us,” Davis said. “I wanted to recognize the hard work and sacrifice that snowplow drivers give every winter. It is true that not all heroes wear capes.”

Part of that sacrifice is heading to work whenever it snows — even if it’s a weekend or holiday, according to Liz Franco, of Elk Point, who submitted the winning name of Thank Me Blader.

“The inspiration behind the submission of Thank Me Blader was my dad, who worked as a snow plow driver for the state,” Franco said. “Snowplow operators serve an essential role in keeping the public safe, having to go out in the worst of driving conditions and on weekends and holidays. It’s a role that does not get as much recognition and thanks as it should.”

Snowplow naming contests, and their adaptations, have taken the internet by storm in recent years, since officials in the United Kingdom opened up for public submissions to name a research vessel.

When voting on submitted names had concluded, Boaty McBoatFace led the polls with over 124,000 votes. Researchers instead opted for the fourth-highest vote-getter, David Attenborough, which only garnered 1,100 votes.

Name-a-snowplow contests have been held in recent years in Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and more.

In July, Rapid City adapted the contest to name their garbage trucks, resulting in trash-haulers named Sir Dumps A Lot, Mt. Trashmore, Littler-Gitter and Obi-One-Can-Only.

In SDDOT's 2020-21 competition, Mitchell's snowplow was named Blizzard Wizard, while other SDDOT areas saw snowplows named Thaw Enforcement, Walter the Salter and more.

If SDDOT decides to hold another contest later this year, submissions have traditionally opened in November.

Mobridge Area - Drift Dominator
Drift Dominator
Submitted by: Brandee Fjeldheim
Pierre Area - Snow Problemo
Rapid City Area - West River Shiver

West River Shiver
Submitted by: Ann Eads

Click Here to read the full article

Sioux Falls Area - Quick Thaw McGraw

Quick Thaw McGraw
Submitted by: Linda Nassar

During our next winter storm, Quick Thaw McGraw and operator Doug Boyden will be out keeping I-29 from Sioux Falls to Dell Rapids clear! This route is one that Linda Nasser, who submitted the winning name, drove almost every day in her commute.
This week Linda and her husband Fred came to the Sioux Falls shop to meet their plow.
Linda's creative snowplow name comes with a sentimental tie for Doug and his family. When Doug was only nine years old his older brother tragically passed away at the age of 15. Doug's brother's favorite cartoon was Quick Draw McGraw, so having the opportunity to operate this plow is something he takes great pride in.

Pictured from left to right:
Keith Voegeli – Highway Maintenance Supervisor
Linda Nasser - Contest Winner
Doug Boyden – Snowplow Operator
Fred Nasser – Linda’s Husband
Curt Theisen – Lead Highway Maintenance Worker


Watertown Area - Control/Salt/Delete
Submitted by: Russell Family

Winner Area - Plow Patrol
Plow Patrol
Submitted by: Caysen Newbold


Pictured L-R in Plow Patrol photo #2 are the following: Beth Newbold;  Caysen Newbold, Name the Snowplow Contest winner for Winner Area;  Josh Gullickson, LHMW Murdo Shop; Todd Gullickson, Driver of DT 374; Jim Lolley, Unit 391 Supervisor.

Yankton Area - Thank Me Blader
Thank Me Blader
Submitted by: Liz Franko

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2020-21 Winners
Aberdeen - Darth Blader
Aberdeen  - Darth Blader
Submitted By: Dave Bacon (Aberdeen)
  Darth Blader, Dave Bacon, and Chaz Shuff   Darth Blader Snowplow

Watch the Dakota News Now interview with Dave Bacon, Chaz Shuff, and Darth Blader!

Belle Fourche - Art Deknikker

Belle Fourche  - Art DeKnikker
Submitted By: Family and Friends of Art DeKnikker (Faith/Bison)

art (5)  Art Deknikker (1)  Art Deknikker (2)  Art Deknikker (4)

Watch the Black Hills Fox "Black Hills Back Story" to see Art Deknikker's family and friends explain why they nominated Art for this contest!

Custer - Mt. Plowmore
Custer -  Mt. Plowmore

Mt. Plowmore
Submitted by: Landon Harrod (Edgemont)
Huron - Snow Mater
Huron  - Snow Mater
Submitted by: Jim Bruce (Highmore)
Mitchell - Blizzard Wizard
Mitchell -  Blizzard Wizard
Submitted by: Cordell Davis (Plankinton)

Blizzard Wizard

Read the South Dakota Mail article about Mitchell's Blizzard Wizzard!
Mobridge - Winter Warrior
Mobridge  - Winter Warrior
Submitted by: Marion Goehring (Herreid)


Pictured with Marion:

  • Mark Bates – Lead Highway Maintenance Worker (Herreid)
  • Steve Deibert – Highway Maintenance Worker (Herreid)
  • Dale Weisbeck – Highway Maintenance Worker (Herreid)

"Thanks to the Dept. of Transportation for doing a fun thing in this troubled world." - Marion Goehring
Pierre - Lewis & Clark
Pierre - Lewis & Clark
Named by: Jackie Heier

Lewis and Clark Crew   Lewis and Clark driving

Lewis and Clark with Jackie  Lewis and Clark and Jackie (2)  Lewis and Clark Crew

Watch the NewsCenter story .
Rapid City - Polar Patroller
Rapid City - Polar Patroller
Submitted by: Tiffany Hoff (Rapid)

Read more from KEVN Black Hills FOX.

Watch the KOTA story. 
Sioux Falls - SnowBeGone Kenobi
Sioux Falls - SnowBeGone Kenobi
Submitted by: Shawn Hanson (Sioux Falls)

SnowBeGone Kenobi (2)  SnowBeGone Kenobi (3)  SnowBeGone Kenobi (4)  SnowBeGone Kenobi (5)  SnowBeGone Kenobi (1)

Watertown - Thaw Enforcement
Watertown - Thaw Enforcement
Named By: Robert Innes (Aurora)

Thaw Enforcement Snowplow
Winner - Walter the Salter
Winner - Walter the Salter
Submitted by: Dairy Queen Staff  (Winner)

Walter the Salter (1)

Read the news story from the Winner Advocate.
Yankton - Frosty the Snowplow
Yankton - Frosty the Snowplow
Submitted by: Lily Kroger (Beresford)

Frosty the Snowplow  Lily Kroger
Watch the KELO interview with Lily Kroger, Lyle Norling, and Frosty the Snowplow!

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