Winter's on it's way!  And in order to combat the ice and snow that Mother Nature always leaves for us in  the Northland, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is holding their annual Snowplow Operator Training over the next few weeks.

More than 120 plow operators from out-state and metro Minnesota will convene at Camp Ripley near Little Falls to learn and improve their skills.  The annual program - known internally as SPOT (Snow Plow Operator Training) is a two-week session that educates the more than 1,500 plow operators around the state in safety measures, plowing techniques, and best practices.

The state has more than 30,000 miles of highways that need plowing throughout the winter and probably gets more snow than any other state.  This training plays a vital role in maintaining that our roads remain safe and passable this winter.