Sandstone draws on geography and history to form its town identity. The 2,849 residents know that the Kettle River forms a natural landmark nearby the town, drawing residents to its resources for centuries. The river and its glacial kettles make it an attraction for kayaking and canoeing due to the exciting waters, especially in the spring. The city’s name comes from the Ojibwe language, meaning Asinikaaning, which translates to “at the quarrying place.” This name points to the sandstone quarry at the edge of the city from whence comes its name. The role of sandstone in the city does not stop there. Sandstone structures can be found throughout town, many of them built by the railroad conglomerate James J. Hill. Robinson Park continues to preserve the history and natural beauty of the town while also offering a nice place to have a picnic or to go ice climbing in the winter. Minnesotans love to celebrate their rugged resilience against the threats of winter, and the Sandstone Ice Festival commemorates the coming of the cold season each December, complete with winter camping, snow shoeing, and other extreme activities. Sandstone doesn’t only emphasize the struggle against nature, however. Cultural offerings have put Sandstone on the national map, as well, particularly the Midwest Country Music Theater. This venue hosts performances that are also broadcast throughout the region through the RFD-TV satellite network. The legendary garage rock group The KanDells may have set the cultural imprint of the city in motion as early as the 1960s. With a Gateway Family Health Clinic location in town, why not take the opportunity to visit?