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Dennis J. McGrath

Deputy Digital Editor | StarTribune.com
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Dennis J. McGrath, deputy digital editor, is a senior editor of StarTribune.com.
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The United States is actively collecting nerds

The United States is actively collecting nerds

Jon Stewart wasn’t kidding when “The Daily Show” had some fun with reports that the U.S. was offering large sums to recruit chess nerds from abroad.
Family battle turns chess grandmaster into pawn

Family battle turns chess grandmaster into pawn

Surprise encounter with estranged mother began a series of contentious meetings over a handful of days — and as the family drama unfolded, Wesley So unraveled.
Twin Cities chess grandmaster has high finish in elite tournament

Twin Cities chess grandmaster has high finish in elite tournament

Twin Cities chess grandmaster Wesley So put his troubles behind him and turned in a very strong performance at an elite tournament in Azerbaijan, finishing…
Twin Cities grandmaster rebounds, in 1st place at elite chess tournament

Twin Cities grandmaster rebounds, in 1st place at elite chess tournament

Wesley So's three wins and a draw puts him ahead of the current world champion in the tournament in Azerbaijan.
Grandmaster's mother explains why she showed up at chess tournament

Grandmaster's mother explains why she showed up at chess tournament

Eleanor So writes that she and her family are at the “end of our rope.”
Minnetonka grandmaster finishes third amid memorable first U.S. Championship

Minnetonka grandmaster finishes third amid memorable first U.S. Championship

Minnetonka grandmaster Wesley So finished just 1.5 points behind the champion.
After forfeit, grandmaster reveals ambush visit by estranged mom

After forfeit, grandmaster reveals ambush visit by estranged mom

The U.S. Chess Championship went from bad to horrible for Minnetonka’s Grandmaster Wesley So as he forfeited his game Friday for a rules violation. Behind it is a tale of what has been called an ambush by his estranged mother on the eve of the tournament.
Win keeps Minnetonka chess player's hopes alive

Win keeps Minnetonka chess player's hopes alive

With a win in the seventh round Wednesday, an elite Twin Cities chess player has kept alive his hopes of winning the national championship. Grandmaster Wesley…
3rd loss crushes So's chances of winning chess title

3rd loss crushes So's chances of winning chess title

Grandmaster Wesley So, the No. 8 player in the world, says that his first U.S. Chess Championship tournament is turning out to be one of his worst ever.
Top chess player makes his move – to Minnetonka

Top chess player makes his move – to Minnetonka

Wesley So is a fast-rising grandmaster who ranks No. 8 in the world and is being hailed as a possible world champion. A few months ago, the 21-year-old Filipino surprised chess experts by settling in Minnetonka, far from the world’s premier chess centers.

Minnetonka grandmaster loses for second time at U.S. Chess Championship

With his second loss in his last four games, a Minnetonka grandmaster fell down in the standings as the U.S. Chess Championship tournament passed the…

Minnetonka grandmaster moves up a notch in chess championship standings

Wesley So, the Minnetonka 21-year-old, moved from third place into second place, but still trails the sole leader, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, by a half point.
Twin Cities chess grandmaster bounces back with a draw

Twin Cities chess grandmaster bounces back with a draw

The result puts Wesley So alone in third place, only a half-point behind two co-leaders, and keeps him in the hunt after four rounds of the 11-round U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis.
Minnetonka grandmaster wins in chess championship's opening round

Minnetonka grandmaster wins in chess championship's opening round

A grandmaster from Minnetonka began his bid for the U.S. Chess Championship on Wednesday with a victory in the first round, converting what appeared to…

MINNESOTA POLL: Gov. Mark Dayton

GOV. MARK DAYTON: A majority of Minnesotans approve of the job Mark Dayton is doing as governor, but they are mixed on how he handled a public dispute with a fellow DFL leader.
21-year-old chess grandmaster makes his move – to Minnetonka

21-year-old chess grandmaster makes his move – to Minnetonka

Wesley So is a young, fast-rising grandmaster who ranks No. 8 in the world and is being hailed as a possible world champion.

MINNESOTA POLL: State budget surplus

STATE BUDGET SURPLUS: Minnesotans are split on whether most of the $1.9 billion projected surplus should be refunded, spent or saved. But if it is refunded, a majority say it should be returned proportionally, based on how much income tax a person paid.

Interactive graphic: Minnesotans on transportation

TRANSPORTATION: Most Minnesotans rate the state’s roads as being in only fair to poor condition, but only 45 percent support Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to increase the gas tax to raise more money to pay for improvements.

MINNESOTA POLL: Teacher tenure

Teacher Tenure: A majority of Minnesotans believe that when public schools are forced to lay off teachers, administrators should consider performance, not just seniority.

MN Poll results: Child protection

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll surveyed 800 Minnesota likely voters Oct. 20-22, 2014. The poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus.

Complete Minnesota Poll findings

The following Star Tribune Minnesota Poll findings are based on interviews conducted Sept. 8-10 with 800 Minnesota likely voters via land line (70%) and cellphone (30%). The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. Read more...

MN Poll results: Franken's lead dips below 10 percentage points

HOW POLL WAS CONDUCTED: The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll surveyed 800 Minnesota likely voters Oct. 20-22, 2014. Respondents were reached on both landlines (70 percent) and cell phones (30 percent). The poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus.

MN Poll results: Political allegiance shapes Ebola fears

HOW POLL WAS CONDUCTED: The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll surveyed 800 Minnesota likely voters Oct. 20-22, 2014. Respondents were reached on both landlines (70 percent) and cell phones (30 percent). The poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus.

MN Poll results: Dayton still leads, but Johnson gains ground

HOW POLL WAS CONDUCTED: The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll surveyed 800 Minnesota likely voters Oct. 20-22, 2014. Respondents were reached on both landlines (70 percent) and cell phones (30 percent). The poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus.

Corporate inversions unpopular in Minnesota

TAXES: According to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, two-thirds of Minnesotans think the government should outlaw corporate inversions -- the much-discussed business tactic in which U.S.-based companies acquire foreign firms and then move their own headquarters to a country with lower tax rates Read full story

The majority of Minnesotans have given to political causes

money: More than half of Minnesotans have contributed to candidates or other political causes, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll Read full story

More than 40 percent of Minnesotans rate MNsure a failure

MNSURE: More than 40 percent of Minnesotans say the state’s online health insurance exchange, MNsure, has been a failure in its first year, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota poll Read full story

Interactive: Complete results of Senate poll

The senate race: U.S. Sen. Al Franken leads his Republican challenger Mike McFadden by double digits, but that lead narrows dramatically outside the metro area and flips in northern Minnesota, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Read full story

Interactive: Dayton leads Johnson by double digits

Gov. Mark Dayton holds a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Jeff Johnson with less than two months to the election, but one in five voters have yet to make up their minds about the contest, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll

Race relations same or worse since Obama

race relations: The hope that America’s first black president would help stitch together a more harmonious racial mosaic lies in tatters, as most people say race relations have stagnated or worsened since the 2008 election of Barack Obama, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Read full story

Interactive: Majority say state economy doing better

The economy: More than half of Minnesotans believe the state’s economy is in better shape now than four years ago, even though the same number say their personal finances are about the same, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Read full story
In chess, a child can win (and will)

In chess, a child can win (and will)

The advantages that matter elsewhere in life are no guarantee in this game.
Metrodome roof rips, collapses

Metrodome roof rips, collapses

For the fourth time in the Metrodome's 28-year history, snow and high winds ripped and deflated its roof Sunday morning, leaving a big, white, billowy hole in the Minneapolis skyline.
Dragged by car, Cottage Grove cop kills suspect

Dragged by car, Cottage Grove cop kills suspect

A man with a long criminal history was shot to death by a Cottage Grove police officer after a traffic stop gone awry.
Wolves suspend Jefferson after arrest

Wolves suspend Jefferson after arrest

The 6-9 forward apologized, but he will miss two games -- and nearly $300,000 in salary -- after his drunken-driving arrest early Sunday.
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