Ben Welter

News copy desk chief | News
Phone: 612-673-7187
I supervise the copy editors who edit the stories and write the headlines and captions that appear in the A and B sections. My blog, Yesterday's News, features stories, photos, graphics and ads culled from the Star Tribune's 145-year-old microfilm archive. "Minnesota Mayhem" and "Minnesota Mysteries," two books based on the blog, were published by The History Press in 2012 and 2013.

Before rejoining the night production crew, I was editor, managing editor and news editor for startribune.com from 1994 until 2004. I was copy chief at the Pioneer Press from 1987 until 1993. Before that ... well, that's ancient history, no? I'm a University of Minnesota grad and a Minneapolis native.


Recent content from Ben Welter

Nov. 18, 1888: The pride of Minneapolis mothers

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Minneapolis Tribune offered early proof that the children of our state are decidedly above average.

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 11:15 PM

A cabin up north, one week at a time

Our family's search for the perfect mom-and-pop resort began 33 summers ago at Ossawinnamakee, a small, unpronounceable lake north of...

Updated: August 23, 2013, - 08:06 PM

Yesterday's News: Front lines were foggy in the war on mosquitoes

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has been taking it to our unofficial state bird since 1958. It's not clear what...

Updated: August 20, 2011, - 06:18 PM

Longfellow Gardens, 1907-1934

A look back at Longfellow Gardens, a zoo that opened just west of Minnehaha Falls in 1907.

Updated: September 28, 2009, - 07:09 PM

Hockey collectibles have a fighting chance on eBay

In a worldwide marketplace, one man finds a way to sell his trash to others who will treasure it.

Updated: March 21, 2006, - 07:35 PM

Mom-and-pop cabins Up North

Originally published 04/30/00Our family's search for the perfect mom-and-pop resort began 33summers ago at Ossawinnamakee, a small, unpronounceable lake northof...

Updated: September 18, 2005, - 11:00 PM

Assorted resort tips

Finding a resort: Word of mouth can't be beat. Ask your friends, neighbors, colleagues and relatives for recommendations. No...

Updated: April 29, 2000, - 11:00 PM

Capitalist tools on the Internet

Type "venture capital" or "small business" into Alta Vista or HotBot and you'll get the search-engine equivalent of AOL spam:...

Updated: April 27, 1999, - 11:00 PM

SkyMap Pro turns notebook PC into navigator

Forget Dad's old road atlas and wobbly dashboard compass. Etak's SkyMap Pro ($260) turns your notebook PC into a high-powered...

Updated: August 11, 1998, - 11:00 PM

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