Introduction to St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. Cloud is located in the central region of the state of Minnesota in Stearns County. The Mississippi River runs through the town. The Mississippi's thirty Beaver Islands are situated at the southern end of the city. St. Cloud is known as a college town and has an active nightlife.


St. Cloud was formerly a way station for the Red River Trails, situated between the Canadian border and St. Paul. The cart trains sometimes included hundreds of ox carts. The city was incorporated in 1856. It was created from three communities called the Upper Town, Middle Town and Lower Town. The remains of the deep ravines that acted as partitions for the communities can still be seen. The land became available for private ownership by non-natives after treaty negotiations were completed with the Winnebago Tribe in 1852. The city was named in tribute to Saint-Cloud, a suburb in Paris, by a man named John Wilson who had a French Huguenot ancestry. Years ago, do to its convenient location, steamboats often docked at the city. Granite quarries have been in use since the 1880's and the municipality is known as "The Granite City."


  • Cathedral of Saint Mary features Italian Romanesque architecture
  • The St. Cloud Central Business District is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Munsinger Gardens showcases giant oak trees and more than one thousand rose bushes
  • Clemens Gardens
  • Granite Trio is a notable sculpture and is considered to be a city landmark
  • Grasshopper Chapel officially named Assumption Chapel is a beautiful structure made out of granite
  • Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
  • The notable Sterns County History Museum offers a nature park
  • St. Cloud Civic Center
  • Stearns County Courthouse is a prominent historic building
  • Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame Museum
  • Central Minnesota Community Theater


The scenic Beaver Island Trail is situated along the Mississippi River and is popular with college students and the community for outdoor activities. Quarry Park contains numerous trails for hiking, bicycle riding and skiing and granite quarries are located in the park. Sand Prairie Wildlife Environmental Area is a scenic environment and provides excellent opportunities for hiking.

Higher Education

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical College and Rasmussen College are located in the town.


The city is served by the St. Cloud Regional Airport. St. Cloud Metro Bus provides the town bus transportation.

St Cloud Almanac

Nearest Large City59 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Metro AreaSaint Cloud
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Time Zone
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

St Cloud Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 19 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip27.1 inches
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp0 to 22 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp36 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.5 inches
Distance29.3 miles
Jan Temp-3 to 18 F
Apr Temp31 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp33 to 56 F
Annual Precip27.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

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St Cloud Public Schools

St Cloud Extended Day Program
809 12th St North
(320) 251-4963
Central Minnesota Jt. Powers Dist.
809 12th St North
(320) 251-4963
Apollo Senior High
1000 44th Ave North
(320) 253-1600
Total Enrollment 1243
South Junior High
1120 15th Ave South
(320) 251-1322
Total Enrollment 822
Technical Senior High
233 12th Ave South
(320) 252-2231
Total Enrollment 1392
Westwood Elementary
5800 Ridgewood Rd
(320) 253-1350
Total Enrollment 658
Riverwoods School
1726 Seventh Ave South
(320) 650-1548
Total Enrollment 91
Madison Elementary
2805 9th St North
(320) 252-4665
Total Enrollment 738
Special Education Facilities
1000 44th Ave North
(320) 253-9333
Total Enrollment 71
Roosevelt-early Childhood Sp.
3015 3rd St North
(320) 253-5828
Total Enrollment 220
North Junior High
1212 North 29th Ave
(320) 251-2159
Total Enrollment 678
Oak Hill Community Elementary
2600 County Rd 136
(320) 251-7936
Total Enrollment 844
St. Cloud Group Home
1101 Washington Memorial Dr
(320) 251-8811
Mn Correctional Facility-st. Cloud
2305 Minnesota Blvd Se
(320) 240-3062
Total Enrollment 43
Talahi Community Elementary
1321 University Dr Se
(320) 251-7551
Total Enrollment 533
Lincoln Elementary
336 5th Ave Se
(320) 251-6343
Total Enrollment 346
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