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Truck plowing snow from the highway shoulder on February 7, 2019 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo: Steve Skjold/Shutterstock)

This almost makes me want to live up north again. Almost. The Minnesota Department of Transportation had a snowplow naming contest and the winners have just been announced.

According to MPR News, this winter’s Minnesota Department of Transportation Name-A-Snowplow contest pulled in more than 22,000 submissions from the public in December. Those entries were whittled down to a field of 50 finalists. Nearly 60,000 people cast votes, choosing up to eight names per ballot.

With 40,024 online votes, “Betty Whiteout” was the overwhelming favorite. It makes sense that it won, since the late Betty White’s “Golden Girls” character Rose Nylund was from Minnesota, and it’s a nice tribute.

The list of runners up is equally pun-tastic. All of the newly-named snowplows will be in action season, which has been busy so far. Here are the names being added to the Minnesota DOT’s fleet of orange plows:

  • “Betty Whiteout” (40,024 votes)
  • “Ctrl Salt Delete”(21,372)
  • “The Big Leplowski” (17,478)
  • “Plowasaurus Rex” (13,209)
  • “Scoop Dogg” (13,144)
  • “Blizzard of Oz” (12,742)
  • “No More Mr. Ice Guy” (11,198)
  • “Edward Blizzardhands” (10,664)