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North Dakota, following in the frosty footsteps of its very successful neighbors to the east, has revealed the winners of its first ever "Name-A-Plow" contest.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) took suggestions from the public last month, then had employees whittle down the list to eight winners. The agency revealed the selected names Tuesday. They are:

  • Darth Blader (Bismarck District)
  • Blizzard Wizard (Devils Lake District)
  • Plowasaurus Rex (Dickinson District)
  • Below Zero Hero (Fargo District)
  • Storming Norman (Grand Forks District)
  • Truck Norris (Minot District)
  • Orange Thunder (Valley City District)
  • Plowzilla (Williston District) 

Maybe more importantly, how do they stack up to the winners of Minnesota's inaugural snowplow naming contest? The states have one overlap, the Star Wars-inspired "Darth Blader."

Here they are, side-by-side, for your judging convenience.

MinnesotaNorth Dakota

Plowy McPlowFace

Blizzard Wizard

Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya

Plowasaurus Rex

Duck Duck Orange Truck

Below Zero Hero

Plow Bunyan

Storming Norman

Snowbi Wan Kenobi

Truck Norris

F. Salt Fitzgerald

Orange Thunder

Darth Blader

Darth Blader

The Truck Formerly Known As Plow

Plowzilla

The Minnesota Department of Transportation brought back its "Name The Snowplow" contest this winter. It took submissions through Dec. 15. People were able to submit up to three names — last year's winners won't be considered, and no political references. You can more information here.

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