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WWI: Minnesota in the Great War: Newspapers

A description of major resources on World War I and related topics.

Suggested Newspapers & Dates

Bemidji Daily Pioneer front page, April 6, 1917


The Minnesota Historical Society has the largest collection of Minnesota newspapers anywhere. Try searching our catalog to see what titles are available - make sure to select "Newspapers" in the drop-down selection before clicking search.

Digitized and keyword searchable newspapers are available in the:

Digital Newspaper Hub and the Historic Minneapolis Tribune

However, newspapers in the library's microfilm collection, which includes local papers from around the state, are organized chronologically. As a result, you may wish to have dates in mind before begin your searches.


Some important dates for American and Minnesotan involvement in WWI include:

  • July 28, 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.
  • August 1-4, 1914: WWI Begins. Germany and its ally, Austria-Hungary, go to war with France, Britain and Russia.  Fighting begins in Europe. 
  • May 7, 1915: British passenger ship Lusitania sunk by a German U-Boat. There are 128 Americans among the 1,198 passengers killed in the attack.  
  • April 2, 1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress for a Declaration of War against Germany. The declaration passed on April 6, 1917.
  • April 10, 1917: Creation of the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety 
  • April 28, 1917: The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety creates the Minnesota Home Guard.
  • August 1917: Food and Fuel Control Act passed by Congress. 
  • May 10 - July 2, 1918: Goodhue County loyalty trials. Multiple individuals were convicted of speaking against the government and were sentenced to jail. 
  • October 12, 1918: Cloquet, Duluth, and Moose Lake fires. The Minnesota Home Guard assisted in recovery after this disaster.
  • November 11, 1918: Armistice declared and WWI ends.


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