Saint Paul Dispatch

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The Saint Paul Dispatch was a daily newspaper in Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1868 until 1985. In 1880 Lucius Nieman came from Milwaukee to serve as managing editor before returning to start The Milwaukee Journal in 1882.

In 1885, The Dispatch Printing Company (DPC) was formed when George Thompson purchased the Dispatch newspaper. DPC then bought the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1909 and ran the two newspapers.[1]

In 1927 The Dispatch was acquired by Ridder Publications. Ridder was also the owner and publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but both papers continued to be published as independent daily newspapers until 1985 when the two papers were merged to become the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch. The Dispatch part of the name was dropped in 1990.

Owner George Thompson, an Anglo-American banker and entrepreneur, had a Patek Philippe watch custom made for him in 1914 that was sold at auction by Sotheby's in May 2006 for $1.54 million.[2] Robert Ridder once worked for the Dispatch as a reporter.[3]


  1. ^ "ST. PAUL DISPATCH-PIONEER PRESS:". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  2. ^ "World's Most Expensive Timepieces". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Media mogul was owner of hockey team". Tribune Democrat. Johnstown, Pennsylvania. June 26, 2000. p. 21.Free to read