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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Drumroll Please: North Bend 4th Graders Name City Snowplows

Jonah Schmidt snowplow

After months of pandemic related delays, this summer the City of North Bend finally received a brand-new snowplow to add to its fleet. 

In honor of the new plow, the City enlisted the help of 4th graders at North Bend and Opstad Elementary schools to help name its two largest plows.

With dozens of creative name submissions, the City’s Public Works crew members  then voted on their favorite names. The two names selected were Darth Blader and Snowdozer.

Darth Blader was submitted by NBE 4th grader Jonah Schmidt from Mrs. Pynn’s class and Snowdozer was submitted by Mrs. Perretti’s 4th grade class at Opstad Elementary. 

Public Works Director Mark Rigos and Communications Manager Danna McCall made a trip to both schools on December 9th to share the good news. Public Works crew members also surprised the kids in both snowplow trucks.

The City is now in the process of installing the wining names on the plows. So, when the next snow event happens, be sure to keep an eye out for Darth Blader and Snowdozer who will be out working to keep North Bend streets passable.

Thank you to our creative North Bend students for helping with this inaugural snowplow naming initiative. 

OES Mrs Peretti class snowplow

Mrs. Peretti's 4th grade class from Opstad Elementary School. 

NBE 4th graders with plow

North Bend Elementary 4th graders.

[Photo 3 above: NBE 4th grader Jonah Schmidt.]

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