St. Cloud Times
Founded1861 (1861)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters24 Eighth Ave. S, St. Cloud 56301
CitySt. Cloud
CountryUnited States
ReadershipCentral Minnesota
OCLC number18126925

St. Cloud Times is an American, English language daily newspaper headquartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota.[1][2] The Times is owned by mass media holding company Gannett and is part of the USA Today network of newspapers.[3] The print version of the paper is printed by ECM Publishers in Princeton, Minnesota.[4]


The St. Cloud Times was established in 1861 as The Minnesota Union.[5] It was founded by Sylvanus Lowry, a slave owner from Kentucky, Democratic political boss, and the city's first mayor, to compete with Radical Republican Jane Swisshelm's Saint Cloud Visiter and to provide a pro-slavery viewpoint.[5][6] The first editor of the Union was Charles C. Andrews, who opposed the secession of the Southern states, but defended slavery.[5]

The St. Cloud Times and Journal Press was created in 1929 through the merger of several local newspapers, including the St. Cloud Union, The Visitor, St. Cloud Democrat, St. Cloud Journal-Press, and Der Nordstern.[3] The paper was renamed to the St. Cloud Daily Times in 1941, becoming a six-day a week afternoon paper owned by Fred Schilplin.[3] The newspaper was purchased by Speidel Newspapers in 1975, which in turn was purchased by Gannett in 1977.[3] The Times added a Sunday edition in 1988.[3]

The newspaper's website,, was established in 1998.[3]


  1. ^ "About St. Cloud times. (St. Cloud, Minn.) 1988-current". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "The St. Cloud daily times". Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Our History". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "ECM to print St. Cloud Times". July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Lehman, Christopher P. (2019). Slavery's reach : Southern slaveholders in the North Star State. Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press. pp. 179–181. ISBN 9781681341354.
  6. ^ Espinoza, Ambar (May 7, 2010). "St. Cloud professor unearths history of slavery in Minnesota". MPR News. Retrieved July 28, 2021.

Coordinates: 45°33′34″N 94°09′39″W / 45.559411°N 94.160761°W / 45.559411; -94.160761 (D: St. Cloud Times)