Minnesota Digital Newspaper Program


In 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2022 the Minnesota Historical Society received two-year grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), contributing digitized newspapers from the Minnesota Historical Society collection. This program is a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress to build a national digital resource of newspapers published between 1690 and 1963. The material is full-text searchable and accessible through Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a website developed and hosted by the Library of Congress.

Now Available on Chronicling America

The following Minnesota titles are available on Chronicling America.







Fergus Falls


Fort Snelling

Grand Marais

Grand Rapids

Little Falls







New Brighton

New Ulm

New York Mills



Red Lake

Red Wing

Redwood Falls

St. Cloud

St. Paul

Sauk Centre

Sauk Rapids





White Earth



  • Katolik (Winona, Minn.) - 1893-1894
  • Wiarus (Winona, Minn.) - 1886-1893​
  • Wiarus (Winona, Minn.) - 1895-1919


To search newspaper content go to Search Newspaper Pages - Chronicling America.

2007-2009 NDNP Grant

During the 2007-2009 cycle, the Society followed criteria set by the Library of Congress to digitize and submit 100,000 pages of Minnesota newspapers published between 1880 and 1910 to the Chronicling America website. The following titles were selected by the Society and its Advisory Board:

  • The Saint Paul Globe (including earlier titles: Daily Globe and St. Paul Daily Globe) - 1880-1905
  • The Minneapolis Journal - 1901-1903

2009-2011 NDNP Grant

In 2009, the Society was awarded another two-year grant from the NEH to continue its participation in the NDNP. For the 2009-2011 cycle, the date span for digitization expands to 1860-1922. Minnesota newspaper titles selected for this phase include:

Ojibwe Newspapers:

  • The Progress (White Earth)
  • The Tomahawk (White Earth)
  • Red Lake News (Red Lake)

African American Newspaper from St. Paul:

  • Western Appeal
  • The Appeal

City Newspapers:

  • The Bemidji Pioneer, Daily Pioneer, and The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
  • The New Ulm Weekly Review and The New Ulm Review
  • The Princeton Union
  • The Warren Sheaf
  • Daily Globe, 1878-1879 *completes published run of the Globe newspaper
  • The Minneapolis Journal, 1904-1906

2011-2013 NDNP Grant

For the 2011-13 grant cycle, the Society focused on digitizing weekly newspapers from geographically diverse regions of Minnesota. The titles selected for this phase include:

  • St. Cloud Visiter [sic]
  • St. Cloud Democrat
  • St. Cloud Journal
  • Red Wing Sentinel
  • Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing)
  • Grange Advance (Red Wing)
  • Willmar Tribune
  • Western Advance (Worthington)
  • The Worthington Advance
  • The Worthington Daily Advance
  • Labor World (Duluth)
  • Cook County Herald and Cook County News-Herald (Grand Marais)
  • The Virginia Enterprise
  • Little Falls Transcript and Little Falls Weekly Transcript
  • Little Falls Herald
  • The Northern Pacific Farmer (Wadena)
  • Mower County Transcript (Austin)
  • Minnesota Staats-Zeitung (St. Paul)
  • Der Nordstern (St. Cloud)
  • Der Fortschritt (New Ulm)

2015-2017 NDNP Grant

For the 2015-2017 grant cycle, the Society focused on digitizing ethnic and non-English language newspapers from Minnesota's immigrant communities. The titles selected for this phase include:


  • Minnesotske noviny (St. Paul, Minn.), 1904-1914


  • Dakota tawaxitku kin, or The Dakota friend (St. Paul, Minn.), 1850-1852


  • St. Paul tidende (St. Paul, Minn.), 1903-1922


  • The Northwestern standard (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1885-1886
  • The Irish standard (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1886-1920 (Red Wing)


  • Uusi kotimaa (New York Mills, Minn.), 1906-1922


  • Echo de l'ouest (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1885-1922


  • New Ulm Post (New Ulm, Minn.), 1914-1922
  • Der Nordstern (St. Cloud, Minn.), 1876-1877, 1910-1922


  • Vinland (Minneota, Minn.), 1902-1908


  • Arbeidsmanden (Fertile, Minn.), 1900-1901
  • Rodhuggeren (Fergus Falls, Minn.), 1893-1898
  • Fergus Falls ugeblad (Fergus Falls, Minn.), 1886-1922
  • Minneapolis tidende (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1914-1922


  • Wiarus (1886) (Winona, Minn.), 1886-1893
  • Katolik (Winona, Minn.), 1893-1895
  • Wiarus (1895) (Winona, Minn.) 1895-1919


  • Narodni vestnik, or the National herald (Duluth, Minn.), 1911-1914


  • Allarm (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1915-1918
  • Minnesota posten (Red Wing, Minn.), 1857-1858
  • Minnesota stats tidning (1877) (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1877-1882
  • Skaffaren (1878) (St. Paul; Red Wing, Minn.), 1878-1882
  • Skaffaren och Minnesota stats tidning (St. Paul; Minneapolils, Minn.), 1882-1885
  • Skaffaren (1885) (St. Paul; Minneapolis, Minn.), 1885-1895
  • Minnesota stats tidning (1895) (St. Paul; Minneapolis, Minn.), 1895-1903

2017-2019 NDNP Grant

For the 2017-2019 grant cycle, the Society focused on digitizing from an expanded time period, pursuing “Other Voices” from distinctive individuals and communities, and expanded geographic coverage. The titles selected for this phase include:

  • Askov American (Askov, Minn.)
  • The Redwood Gazette (Redwood Falls, Minn.)
  • The Prison Mirror (Stillwater, Minn.)
  • The Mirror (Stillwater, Minn.)
  • Sauk Rapids Frontierman (Sauk Rapids, Minn.)
  • The New Era (Sauk Rapids, Minn.)
  • The Emigrant Aid Journal of Minnesota (Nininger City, Minn. Territory)
  • The Anti-Monopolist (Saint Paul, Minn.)
  • The Representative (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Great West (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Backbone (St. Paul, Minn. ; Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Public Weal (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Felt raabet (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Minnesotian (St. Paul, Minn. Territory)
  • The Weekly Minnesotian (St. Paul, Minn. Territory )
  • Saint Paul weekly Minnesotian (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Weekly Minnesotian and times (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • St. Paul Weekly Minnesotian (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Minnesota Pioneer (St. Paul, Minn. Territory)
  • The Daily Minnesota Pioneer (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Weekly Pioneer and Democrat (St. Paul, Minn. Territory)
  • Minnesota Weekly Times (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Twin City Star (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Appeal (Saint Paul, Minn. ; Minneapolis, Minn. ; Chicago, Ill.)
  • The Northwestern Bulletin (St. Paul, Minn. ; Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Northwestern Bulletin-Appeal (St. Paul, Minn. ; Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The St. Paul Echo (St. Paul ; Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Tomahawk (White Earth, Becker County, Minn.)
  • Voice of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Call of the North (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Minnesota Fiery Cross (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Duluth Rip-Saw (Duluth, Minn.)
  • The Saturday Press (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • American Jewish World (St. Paul, Minn. ; Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • The Catholic Bulletin (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Der Wanderer (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Stevens County Reporter (Morris, Minn.)
  • Stevens County Tribune (Morris, Minn.)
  • Morris Tribune (Morris, Minn.)
  • The Sun (Morris, Minn.)

2019-2022 NDNP Grant

For the 2019-2021 grant cycle (extended to 2022), the Society focused on digitizing to further expand on themes of diverse communities; immigration; broad geographic and regional coverage; strong editorial voices and "other voices"; and expanding content in the period 1923-1963. The titles selected for this phase include:

  • Askov American (Askov, Minn.) - 1923-1943
  • The Chippeway Herald (White Earth, Minn.) - 1902-1909
  • The Ely Miner (Ely, Minn.) - 1895-1943
  • The Mankato Free Press (Mankato, Minn.) - 1879-1923
  • Minneapolis Spokesman (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 1934-1963
  • Die Minnesota deutsche Zeitung (St. Paul, Minn.) - 1857-1858
  • Der Nordstern (St. Cloud, Minn.) - 1885-1909
  • The Sauk Centre Herald (Sauk Center, Minn.) - 1886-1941
  • St. Paul Recorder (St. Paul, Minn.) - 1934-1963
  • Twin-City Herald (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 1927-1940

2022-2024 NDNP Grant

For the 2022-2024 grant cycle, the Society focused on digitizing to further expand on themes of diverse communities; immigration; broad geographic and regional coverage; strong editorial voices and "other voices"; and expanding content in the period 1923-1963. The titles selected for this phase include:

  • The Kanabec County Times (Mora, Minn.) - 1884-1930
  • The Mora Times (Mora, Minn.) - 1883
  • Twin Cities Ordnance News (New Brighton, Minn.) - 1942-1945
  • The Fort Snelling Bulletin (Fort Snelling, Minn.) - 1928-1946
  • Grand Rapids Herald-Review (Grand Rapids, Minn.) - 1896-1930
  • Der Nordstern (St. Cloud, Minn.) - 1923-1931
  • The Mahnomen Pioneer (Mahnomen, Minn.) - 1914-1940
  • Farmers Independent (Bagley, Minn.) - 1921-1940
  • Willmar Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) - 1923-1931
  • Twin City Observer (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 1943-1963
  • The Saint Paul Sun (St. Paul, Minn.) - 1951-1963
  • The Mirror (Stillwater, Minn.) - 1924-1925
  • The Prison Mirror (Stillwater, Minn.) - 1925-1963
  • Folkets Röst (St. Paul, Minn.) - 1858
  • Saint Croix Union (Stillwater, Minn.) - 1854-1857
  • The Organized Farmer (Red Wing, Minn.) - 1919-1932
  • Midland Cooperator (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 1933-1946

Project Documents



For more information regarding the project, contact: newspapers@mnhs.org