Snowplow in Pierre named after Laura Ingalls Wilder book

PIERRE, S.D.(DRGNews)- South Dakota Department of Transportation snowplows have been getting a workout this winter, including the newly named “Little Plow on the Prairie” based in Pierre.

Sarah Wellner of Pierre submitted the name in the SDDOT’s naming contest and got to meet the plow Thursday.

Wellner talks about how she found out her submission had won.

Pierre Region Engineer Jason Humphrey says people across the state are liking the name.

Pierre Area Engineer Dean VanDeWiele (van-da-willy) says the plow’s regular route includes wide open spaces.

This year’s contest received over 650 entries from individuals, families, elementary classrooms, senior living centers and businesses across the entire state. SDDOT staff then voted on the submissions.