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.
History of Rothsay
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.
Due to the conditions of the city streets that are unfinished from last years construction project; there may be some streets that the city will have to close. It may be done with little or no notice. If you see a closed street please use an alternate route to your destination. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND THE BARACADES!
If you can avoid driving on the unfinished street all together please do so. Please contact City Hall if you have any questions at 867-2254.
City of Rothsay
Public Works Department
Welcome to our Home on the Prairie
Rothsay is located on the western edge of the lakes country in western Minnesota. Located right off the I-94 Interstate and just 35 minutes from Fargo, North Dakota, Rothsay is a great place to call home!
Enjoy the quiet, safe, and peaceful life of small town U.S.A, with easy access to shopping, entertainment, and employment in Fargo/Moorhead and many other surrounding communities within a few minutes driving time. Throughout the area you'll find prairie, gently rolling hills, and an abundance of lakes to satisfy any, and all, outdoor activities!
Whether you are looking for a great place to raise a family or a quiet place to retire, Rothsay might just be the place for you! Take a leisurely stroll through our community online and discover all that Rothsay has to offer...affordable housing, a quality education system, innovative opportunities for students, beautiful parks, and most of all, great neighbors!