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First Minnesota Newspaper

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 28, 2022

On April 28, 1849 James Madison Goodhue printed the Territory's first newspaper, the "Minnesota Pioneer," on this press. It is a cast-iron hand press and weighs nearly 1,800 pounds.  
Also shown is a digitized edition of that first edition. Find this and more in our Newspaper Hub!