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On the Road: Rollingstone


Situated along the southeastern border of Minnesota, the little town of Rollingstone doesn't get much attention.

Aside from a devastating bar fire back in February of this year, life in this quintessential Midwest town is incredibly pleasant—a place full of small-town charm, where everyone calls each other a friend.

Photographer Chuck Sibley and Alanna Martella loaded up the car, and ventured On the Road to Rollingstone.

Earning its title from a creek of the same name, Rollingstone, Minnesota sits in the gorgeous bluffs of Winona County.

"I just like to walk in the area. There's so much beautiful things to look at," said Rollingstone resident Kris Nibbelink, who has lived in the town since March, 2015.

For the little more than 650 residents, the quiet, tight-knit community is everything you can ask for, and more.

"The people here are really great. It's a family-oriented community and just very safe. I feel really good here," added Nibbelink.

For visitors, nothing compares to the beauty the town and surrounding areas have to offer.

It's the perfect place to find adventure.

After a long day of riding bikes or walking in the beautiful bluffs of Winona County, there's no better way to replenish yourself than a visit at Bonnie Rae's Cafe.

Bonnie Rae's Cafe, which is in the heart of downtown, is a favorite of locals and visitors, alike.

"This was my first grill when I first came here, 27 years ago," explained Bonnie Wardwell, as she leafed through old photo albums packed with pictures of her decades-old restaurant.

Specializing in breakfast, pies, and shakes, everything at Bonnie Rae's Cafe is made to order.

"The thing that attracted us was the cooking out front, so I can be with the people," said Wardwell, of when she and her husband, David, first bought the restaurant.

Bonnie Wardwell said a lot has changed since she and her husband bought the restaurant—for example, what is now the dining room used to be a grocery store, and the restaurant is now open on Sundays.

Wardwell mentioned she thinks people are drawn to the small town because of the quiet atmosphere and sense of security and welcome.

She also added that the town is different from big cities, where kids are hooked on video games.

"I have three grandsons growing up here, and it's just fun to see them. Kids actually play outside," she said.

During your travels to Rollingstone, there is plenty to do! You can check out the old schoolhouse, which is now the home of the Senior Center and weekly bingo nights; head to Holy Trinity, a church that just celebrated its 150th birthday; educate yourself in Luxembourg Heritage at the museum; and, if you're feeling confident, a 10 minute drive will take you to one of the most spectacular views for hundreds of miles—the Elba Fire Tower.

The town also boasts one of Winona County's most happening weekend festivals: Rollingstone Days.

To learn more about this fun weekend-long event, Alanna asked the best source: the children!

"If they have kids, their kids are probably going to want to come," said one little boy.

Each year, people flock to the festivities.

"About 200 people come!!!" they exclaimed.

Well, maybe more than 200 show up.

And, these little experts have some of the best reasons to come.

"Because it's fun. It's fun to celebrate with your families and stuff," said one girl.

"The hot dogs!!!" said everyone.

So there you have it, folks.

Rollingstone Days: come for family memories, stay for the hot dogs—all amidst a home-grown town situated in beautiful bluffs of southeastern Minnesota.

Rollingstone Days is going on all weekend, and all kinds of activities are planned.

If you wish to attend this fun weekend festival, we've got you covered for what events are happening, and when.

Here's the daily lineup:


Softball Tournament—6 p.m.

Kid's Inflatables—6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fireworks—9:30 p.m.


Team Vogel Pancake Breakfast—7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Roll-n-Stroll 5K—8 a.m. @ Rollingstone City Park

Softball Tournament—8 a.m.

Luxembourg Museum—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors/Crafters—9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bean Bag Tournament—12:30 p.m.

Kid's Games—Noon to 3 p.m. (Bouncehouse, wind tunnel, train rides, face painting, and more!)

Bingo at the Park—1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Band/Dance at the City Park—8 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Weather permitting)


Park Rec Program French Toast Breakfast—8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Softball Tournament—8 a.m.

Luxembourg Museum—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Car Show—11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade—1 p.m.

Ice Cream Social after Parade (Sponsored by Bonnie Rae's Cafe)

Water Fights & Kid's Water Challenge—1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(Sponsored by Rollingstone Fire Department)

***Concessions will be open all weekend***

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