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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

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