|St Cloud Journal , July 3, 1875|
It was bought from Jane Grey Swisshelm after St Cloud proved it couldn't tolerate an uppity white woman running a newspaper. Swisshelm's nephew, Wm Bell Mitchell, bought her out and pretty much avoided controversy for years. Mitchell was the same guy who wrote the History of Stearns County, so there's that.
But, the article above--how do we know this was OUR Mike Sand? Well, see the man he assaulted? John Ferschweiler was a neighbor in LeSauk Township and the brother of a woman who married-in to the Sands...we've posted about them before.
And here's Mike, still single at 23, fighting in the streets of St Cloud and being arrested for it. His fine-and-cost combo was equal to about $350 bucks today. WOW ☺