ST. PAUL, Minn. -

More than 120 snowplow operators from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Minneapolis are training the next two weeks at Camp Ripley near Little Falls to learn how to handle the winter ahead.

MnDOT's Snowplow Operator Training Program, known as SPOT, is a two-week session that highlights a variety of safety measures, plowing techniques and best practices. The session provides trainees with updates on new equipment, policies, and procedures related to winter highway maintenance operations.

As part of SPOT, MnDOT maintenance supervisors and other staff provide classroom and hands-on training and share their experience and insights with the trainees.

When the current session ends on September 30, MnDOT will have trained more than 1,500 snowplow operators.