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Dennis J. McGrath

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Dennis J. McGrath, deputy digital editor, is a senior editor of StarTribune.com.
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While in Venice with his wife, Mary, in 1948, Ernest Hemingway became entranced with teenager Adriana Ivancich.

Review: 'Autumn in Venice' by Andrea di Robilant

NONFICTION: Ernest Hemingway fell hard for a Venetian teenager, and she inspired him to write one of his greatest works.
Sam Shankland, left, celebrates after his opponent, Awonder Liang, resigns in the final round Sunday and Shankland secures the title of U.S. chess cha

Minnetonka chess grandmaster fails to repeat as U.S. champion

Wesley So didn't lose any games, but too many draws and too few wins left him in third place.
Complete Minnesota Poll results: State gun legislation

Complete Minnesota Poll results: State gun legislation

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 625 Minnesota registered voters between April 15 and April 18 about gun ownership, gun violence and gun control. Scroll…
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Gun laws

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Gun laws

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 625 Minnesota registered voters between April 15 and April 18 about gun ownership, gun violence and gun control. Scroll…
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Taxes

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Taxes

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about the recent federal tax law signed by…
American chess Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana concentrates during a match against Azerbajan's Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

American chess grandmaster wins right to play for world championship

Minnetonka grandmaster Wesley So, the youngest competitor, finished in 7th place in the 8-player field.
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Governor's race

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Governor's race

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about the upcoming race for governor in Minnesota…
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Sexual harassment

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Sexual harassment

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about workplace sexual harassment and the fallout of…
Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about Al Franken's resignation

Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about Al Franken's resignation

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about Al Franken's resignation from the Senate amid…
Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about possible collusion with Russia

Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about possible collusion with Russia

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

To mark President Donald Trump's first year in office, the Star Tribune polled Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions…
Andrew Tang, left, a Wayzata High School senior, defeated Grandmaster Denes Boros, right, at a tournament in Charlotte, N.C., a victory that helped Ta

Wayzata student becomes one of nation's few chess grandmasters

A Wayzata High School student is the first homegrown Minnesota player to earn the game's top title.
Sen. Wendell Anderson, left, and Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1977.

DFL's mishandling of 1976 Senate appointment led to party's 'Minnesota Massacre'

Voters' ire over the appointment was a key factor in the DFL losing the top three statewide races; it took years to win back all three seats.
Minnetonka chess grandmaster qualifies for world championship cycle

Minnetonka chess grandmaster qualifies for world championship cycle

Wesley So is one of eight who will be in the Candidates tourney in Berlin in 2018.
Double-decker buses circled the Prince Albert statue at Holborn Circus in London, England, in the smog at night on Dec. 6, 1952.

Review: 'Death in the Air,' by Kate Winkler Dawson, recounts deadly London fog and a serial killer

NONFICTION: A parallel look at the 1952 smog that killed 12,000 people and a serial killer who murdered eight.
Minnesota Poll results: Distracted driving

Minnesota Poll results: Distracted driving

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters about distracted driving. Here's what they said:    table…
Minnesota Poll results: Dayton's approval ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Dayton's approval ratings

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of Gov. Mark Dayton's…
Minnesota Poll results: How Minnesotans see the healthcare debate

Minnesota Poll results: How Minnesotans see the healthcare debate

The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about their healthcare and debates surrounding the…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump, foreign policy and Russia

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump, foreign policy and Russia

The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about President Trump's foreign policy proposals and…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

To mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Star Tribune polled registered Minnesota voters between April 24 and April 26. Highlights from…
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken with Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues in March.

Minnesota Poll results: Senatorial job approval ratings

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of the job performances…
Minnetonka Grandmaster Wesley So struggled in the first round of the Shamkir Chess tournament in Azerbaijan.

Minnetonka chess grandmaster's 67-game unbeaten streak comes to an end

So, who became the U.S. Champion earlier this month, hadn't lost a game in elite play dating to last July.
As spectators watch, cameras are trained on each board and photographers shoot video for the internet live-streaming broadcasts of world-class competi

Midwest is king of world chess as lavish St. Louis club lures top players

St. Louis donor helped shift center for the brainy game away from Moscow.
Minnetonka chess Grandmaster Wesley So, 23, of Minnetonka, Minn., laughs while being interviewed for a live-streaming broadcast after winning the U.S.

Minnetonka grandmaster is new U.S. Chess Champion

Minnetonka grandmaster gets closer to world playoff.
Minnetonka chess Grandmaster Wesley So made a move against 16-year-old Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong in their game Friday at the U.S. Chess Championship i

Minnetonka chess player shares lead at U.S. Chess Championship

Grandmaster Wesley So, who has an unbeaten streak of 65 games, won a stunner on Friday.
Grandmaster Wesley So, 23, of Minnetonka, Minn., the #2 ranked chess player in the world, contemplates his move in his game against Daniel Naroditsky

Minnetonka chess star faces tiebreaking playoff for U.S. championship

Shockingly short game leaves grandmaster Wesley So in a two-way tie for first.
Wesley So, a grandmaster from Minnetonka, considers his next move while two rivals study the board during Round 6 of the U.S. Chess Championship at th

Minnetonka chess player one of three with chance to win U.S. championship

Wesley So is in a three-way tie entering the final round of the national championship.
Minnetonka chess Grandmaster Wesley So, 23, is shown with his adoptive family, Lotis Key, left, and Abbey Key, after winning the Tata Steel Chess tour

Minnetonka chess player ranked No. 2 in world after latest super tournament win

Minnesotan has had a stunning six months.
Grandmaster Wesley So, right, checks the status of other games being shown on a video screen at the London Chess Classic on Saturday, as his opponent

Twin Cities chess grandmaster reaches lofty heights, hauls in big prizes

Wesley So has a chess rating that only 11 others in the history of the game have achieved.
Sergey Karjakin, right, makes a move during round 8 of the World Chess Championship against Magnus Carlsen, in New York, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.

Norwegian world chess champion in danger of losing title

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway is in danger of losing his title to his Russian challenger, after he suffered his first lost in…
Che Vora of New York City followed the action in Round 2 at the World Chess Championship match being held in Manhattan.

Chess story begins, but doesn't end, with son's memory of father

When Che Vora thinks of chess, he thinks of his dad, who taught him the game.

Chess fans flood world title match, but have trouble seeing players

Organizers were caught off guard by the unexpected turnout, which led to long lines, rare glimpses of the two World Chess Championship contenders and ticket refunds for some.
Ethan Litman and his dad Dana Litman, of Golden Valley, watched moves on a TV monitor at the World Chess Championship match in New York City Friday. c

Golden Valley boy gets to see World Chess Championship in New York City

Golden Valley boy was a spectator at the World Chess Championship.
Current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, from left, Adrian Grenier and chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin attend the World Chess Championship Openi

Pay-per-view model comes to World Chess Championship

The company that stages the World Chess Championship match, which begins Nov. 11 in New York, is making it pay-per-view in hopes of bringing new riches to the world's best players.
Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, left, and his challenger, Sergey Karjakin, of Russia, participate in a news conference to promote the

World Chess Championship in New York includes international intrigue

Norwegian champ takes on Russian challenger.
Wesley So, a grandmaster from Minnetonka, won an individual gold medal at the Chess Olympiad to go along with a team gold medal for the United States.

Minnetonka grandmaster helps USA strike blow against Russia in chess

The United States delivered a geopolitical blow to Russia right where it hurts — over the chessboard — thanks to a pivotal performance by a…
Grandmaster Wesley So, 22, of Minnetonka, was undefeated and won the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis.

Twin Cities chess player wins one of world's premier events

One year after a disastrous last-place finish, the grandmaster from Minnetonka came out on top of a tournament that's the chess equivalent of winning Wimbledon.
Wesley So at the U.S. Chess Championship.

Not losing wasn't enough for local grandmaster to win U.S. championship

"Sometimes wild, complicated lines get thrown out there, and in the end, oh, it's a draw," said tournament commentator Maurice Ashley.

Minnetonka grandmaster faces long odds in U.S. title chase

Wesley So in second but needs help to win U.S. championship.

Minnetonka player bunched near top for final rounds at U.S. Chess Championship

Wesley So of Minnetonka is in second place with two days left.
Grandmaster Wesley So of Minnetonka contemplates his next move during Round 4 of the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis.

Minnetonka player shares lead at US Chess Championship

Grandmaster Wesley So has earned a share of first place by playing attacking chess and sacrificing pieces to rip open the protection around his opponents' king.
Minnetonka Grandmaster Wesley So playing in the 2015 U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis.

Elite Minnetonka chess player starts U.S. championship with big win

The game was hailed by chess experts for the ease in which Wesley So took apart one of the nation's strongest players.
Andrew Tang with his trophy for winning a share of the National High School Chess Championship.

With his own buzzer-beater, Wayzata student is a national HS chess champ

"Andrew Tang down to 8 seconds," live Twitter coverage said. "This is gonna be intense."

How the poll was conducted

Today’s Star Tribune Minnesota Poll findings are based on interviews conducted Jan. 18-20 with 800 Minnesota registered voters via land line (70 percent) and cellphone…
Samrug Narayanan, 11, of Eagan, visited the Colosseum in Rome on his way to play in the World Youth and Cadet Chess Championships in Greece in 2015.

11-year-old Eagan boy wins $8,000 in Vegas, but wasn't gambling

An 11-year-old boy from Eagan won nearly $8,000 in Las Vegas over the holiday break, and luck had nothing to do with it. Samrug Narayanan…
Wesley So was crowned with a txapela, a traditional Basque-style beret, after winning the Bilbao Masters chess tournament in Spain.

Minnetonka grandmaster scores his biggest win on world chess stage

Wesley So won a Spanish tourney that included a former world champion.
Chess Grandmaster Wesley So concentrated as he played chess with Sean Nagle at the Ridgedale Public Library on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Minnetonka

Can chess find a new audience with game show payouts and reality TV?

Promoters hope that big payouts and game-show gimmicks will make the traditional game ready for prime time.
Fabiano Caruana playing in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.

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.
Grandmaster Wesley So during the early rounds of the U.S. Chess Championship.

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.
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, left, looks at the board as Grandmaster Wesley So contemplates his next move at the Gashimov Memorial 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…
Wesley So, left, prepares for his second-round game against former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik at the Gashimov Memorial tournament in Shamki

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.
Chess Grandmaster Wesley So played chess with Sean Nagle at the Ridgedale Public Library on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Minnetonka.

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 Wesley So playing in the sixth round of the U.S. Chess Championship.

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

Minnetonka grandmaster Wesley So finished just 1.5 points behind the champion.
Wesley So sat at the board Friday before the start of the ninth round.

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.
Minnetonka Grandmaster Wesley So playing in the sixth round of the U.S. Chess Championship.

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…
Chess Grandmaster Wesley So in February

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.
Chess Grandmaster Wesley So concentrated as he played chess with Sean Nagle at the Ridgedale Public Library on Friday, February 27, 2015 in 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.
Minnetonka Grandmaster Wesley So, right, had the black pieces against Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura in round 4 of the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Lou

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.
Chess grandmaster Wesley So

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.
Wesley So

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
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