A Great Place To Call Home


A small note of thanks to those who contributed to the creation of this website. Photos throughout the site were provided by Paul Stowman, Hannah Stowman, Rebecca Waldoch, Julie Brenden and Scott Backstrom. Copy was provided by Jim Boyce, Shane Balken, Gary Wigdahl and Julie Brenden.

Prairie Chickens

Rothsay is the Prairie Chicken Capital of Minnesota!

What is a prairie chicken, you ask? The greater prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) was once very prominent on the prairie across the United States.

Through conversion of grasslands and invasion on the prairie of woody species, the prairie chicken population has declined. However, the prairie around Rothsay still supports nesting broods of prairie chickens, and their booming calls can still be heard. Continue reading

Famous People from Rothsay

by Gary Wigdahl

The Birthplace of Bobcat.

Perhaps it isn’t yet common knowledge that Rothsay is indeed the “Birthplace of the Bobcat,” the original three-wheeled, front-end, skid-steer loader developed right here in Rothsay by the triumvirate of brothers Cyril Keller and Louis Keller and area turkey producer Eddie Velo. Inventors and historians have compared the skid-steer loader to the Eli Whitney cotton gin and the Cyrus McCormick reaper as among the great inventions in American history. 

Make no mistake about it, the front-end, skid-steer loader that has evolved into today’s Bobcat can be seen on construction sites all over the world Continue reading

History of Rothsay, Minnesota

by Gary Wigdahl

The coming of the railroad provided Rothsay with one of its most turbulent days on record when a group of track-laying employees of the then St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway back in the late fall of 1879 decided to christen a newly opened, albeit half-finished, saloon expressly opened to whet the thirsts of those same track-layers. Continue reading