Brainerd residents will soon get to vote on their favorite names to apply to the city’s snowplows beginning next winter.
About 85 names were submitted for the eight pieces of snow removal equipment. After weeding out duplicates and inappropriate submissions, staff narrowed the list down to the top 10 names for each piece of equipment.
Mike O’Day, chair of the city council’s safety and public works committee, listed off the three favorites that emerged after discussion with City Engineer Paul Sandy and Mayor Dave Badeaux. After one minor tweak, the council agreed on the finalists to bring to the public for a vote — after having a good laugh at the submissions, that is.
Residents will be able to vote on their favorites via an online survey, which Sandy said should be available by early next week.
The finalists are as follows:
Mack plow truck No. 1 with wing
Loader with snowblower combination
Catalina Snow Mixer.
Nom nom nom.
Spirit of Carl Snowalter.
Mack plow truck No. 2 with wing
Sterling plow truck No. 1 with wing
Plow Now Brown Cow.
Sterling plow truck No. 2 without wing
Undercover FBI Van #113.
We’ve Been Plowing to Reach You About Your Car’s Extended Warranty.
Tractor with broom combination
And Broom Goes the Dynamite.
The Tar Tickler.
Road grader with wing
Loader with plow combination
Frank the Tank.
Pretty Good Snow Plow.
The Top 10 names for each piece of equipment were as follows:
Mack plow No. 1: Bartholomew Blizzardblaster, No Mo Sno, It’s Snow Wonder, Snow Betcha, Snowseph Gordon-Levelit, Mack Daddy, Choncy, Kirby Truckett, The McDouble, Plowio Kart.
Loader with snowblower: Snowly Moly, Master Blaster, Blow DiMaggio, Chewbacca, Snow Montana, FARGO’s FURY, Shooter McGavin, Catalina Snow Mixer, Nom nom nom, The Spirit of Carl Snowalter.
Mack plow No. 2: Snokyo Drift, Sir Plows-A-Lot, Blizzard Wizard, Plow Bunyan, Snowy Fatone, DEUCE, Mayor Dave’s Mack, Fran Truckington, How about Snow, Lost: Shaker of Salt.
Sterling plow No. 1: Bebop, Babe the Big Yellow Plow, Sir Plows-A-Lot, Blade Runner, Tonka, Snow Montegna, Best of Truck, Prestige Worldwide, Plow Now Brown Cow, Saltan Sandy.
Sterling plow No. 2: Rocksteady, Pretty Good Snowplow, The Grim Scraper, Jermaine, Undercover FBI Van #113, Turbo Tim, We’ve Been Plowing to Reach You About Your Car’s Extended Warranty, Margie, Cousin Eddie, Windrow Wilson.
Tractor broom: Clean Sweep, Sweeping Beauty, Missed a Spot, The Magic Carpet Ride, Sweep Caroline, Flanders, And Broom Goes the Dynamite, The Tar Tickler, Swept Away.
Grader: Everyday I’m Shoveling, Darth Grader, Grader Minnesota, Blade Runner, Slim Grady, Snow Pesci, Scrapey McScraperson, Darth Blader, Razor Ramone, Slice Ice Baby.
Loader with plow: Up to Snow Good, Pretty Good Snowplow, Load Warrior, Santa’s Little Helper, Super Plowio Kart, Frank the Tank, Petunia, Steve, Scotty Doesn’t Snow, Dontcha Snow.
Editor's note: This article was updated April 20 to correct an error in the Fran Truckington name.