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State fair exhibit draws crowds, media coverage

Kids (above) and KARE-11 local TV news (below) were interested in the "mini" snowplow on display at the Center's State Fair booth.

Kids were interested in the "mini" snowplow on display at the Center's State Fair booth.

The CTS exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair this year featured a “mini” snowplow on loan from Mn/DOT’s Office of Advanced Transportation Systems that was instrumented with some of the same advanced technologies being tested by ITS Institute researchers. “We had what seemed like a non-stop stream of visitors, especially kids, who wanted to ‘drive’ the plow,” says Gina Baas, CTS outreach coordinator. “A surprising number of adults had seen TV coverage of our plow research and recognized it. We even had several city/county workers and snowplow drivers who had heard about the research at the state maintenance expos or from their co-workers.” KARE 11, NBC’s local TV affiliate, also covered the exhibit on its morning news show.