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Rothsay Public School

What makes Rothsay so appealing to young and old alike? Aside from the friendly people and laid-back atmosphere, you’ll find a great school with high achievement, low student-to-teacher ratios, and a staff that knows every child by name!

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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