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C.J.

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C.J. is a columnist in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities section. Her column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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C.J.: President Carter's illness is hitting a longtime friend hard, but her trip to see the Carters is still a go

C.J.: President Carter's illness is hitting a longtime friend hard, but her trip to see the Carters is still a go

Tears come easily to Twin Cities attorney Lori Peterson since hearing that her dear friend’s cancer spread, but the good news is that she’s…

C.J.: Vineeta Sawkar recovering after Porsche demo goes bad

Twin Cities media personality Vineeta Sawkar told me she is thankful to be alive after a harrowing auto accident Monday. Porsche enthusiast Magnus Walker was…
C.J.: C'mon man, Cris Carter just dropped some truth on the importance of the 'fall guy' homey

C.J.: C'mon man, Cris Carter just dropped some truth on the importance of the 'fall guy' homey

ESPN NFL analyst and former Viking Cris Carter is in hot water for telling the truth.
C.J.: Chef Robert Irvine's wife is not just hot in the ring, outside of it she's a Sriracha Queen

C.J.: Chef Robert Irvine's wife is not just hot in the ring, outside of it she's a Sriracha Queen

The friendship between “Restaurant : Impossible” chef Robert Irvine and Twin Cities restaurant creator Steve Schussler has flexed big muscles after just a few…
C.J.: Chef Robert Irvine's wife is not just hot in the ring; she's a "Sriracha Queen”

C.J.: Chef Robert Irvine's wife is not just hot in the ring; she's a "Sriracha Queen”

The friendship between “Restaurant: Impossible” chef Robert Irvine and Twin Cities restaurant creator Steve Schussler has flexed big muscles after just a few…
C.J.: WCCO's Jamie Yuccas is leaving for CBS in New York

C.J.: WCCO's Jamie Yuccas is leaving for CBS in New York

“I’m just shocked. These guys out there move fast,” said now former “WCCO This Morning” anchor Jamie Yuccas, who announced Friday she is leaving…
C.J.: Karl-Anthony Towns is a cool KAT with Timberwolves fans

C.J.: Karl-Anthony Towns is a cool KAT with Timberwolves fans

Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is already demonstrating chops as a deft handler of fans.
C.J.: Katie Couric's the kind of Yahoo to surprise Jason Matheson

C.J.: Katie Couric's the kind of Yahoo to surprise Jason Matheson

Of course, Katie Couric called in Monday for the premiere of Fox 9’s “The Jason Show.” Never doubted it, as I tweeted Sunday: “I’ll…
C.J.: Jason launches talk show without help of his "broadcast wife,” Katie Couric

C.J.: Jason launches talk show without help of his "broadcast wife,” Katie Couric

A new black Hugo Boss suit waits along with Jason Matheson’s “lucky tie” for 10 a.m. Monday when the “Jason Show” makes its…
C.J.: Jason Matheson hopes to cook up something new with Fox talk show

C.J.: Jason Matheson hopes to cook up something new with Fox talk show

A new black Hugo Boss suit waits along with Jason Matheson’s “lucky tie” for 10 a.m. Monday when the “Jason Show” makes its…
C.J.: Network-bound KARE 11's Blake McCoy got interview coaching advice from NBC's Joe Fryer

C.J.: Network-bound KARE 11's Blake McCoy got interview coaching advice from NBC's Joe Fryer

KARE 11 loses significant bench strength, and great hair, with the departure of weekend anchor Blake McCoy for an NBC correspondent job based in…
C.J.: KARE11's Sven agrees, a certain kind of guy seems drawn to TV meteorology

C.J.: KARE11's Sven agrees, a certain kind of guy seems drawn to TV meteorology

A note written across my typed list of questions for KARE11’s Sven Sundgaard read: Lift him. The video (startribune.com/video) of me trying to lift…
C.J.: Sven agrees, TV meteorology attracts a certain kind of guy

C.J.: Sven agrees, TV meteorology attracts a certain kind of guy

KARE11’s Sven Sundgaard brought his Yorkie, Instagram’s love_dyna_rose, to our lunch at Victor’s 1959 Cafe. I brought along a surprise — Island…
WCCO-TV meteorologist Lauren Casey leaving for job with Philly station

WCCO-TV meteorologist Lauren Casey leaving for job with Philly station

Word is that Lauren Casey wants to be closer to where her mother lives.
C.J.: Social media reminds Vikings that Adrian Peterson's not a great 'Family Day' face

C.J.: Social media reminds Vikings that Adrian Peterson's not a great 'Family Day' face

It’s absolutely wonderful that Adrian Peterson married the mother of one of his kids, and they are preparing for the arrival of a second…
C.J.: Owners of Dehn's Garden get visit from a flasher who spares them the moon

C.J.: Owners of Dehn's Garden get visit from a flasher who spares them the moon

A flasher showcased her alternating skills to the owners of Dehn’s Garden. Bonnie and Bob Dehn told me they got an eyeful…
C.J.: Feisty last comments from Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia

C.J.: Feisty last comments from Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia

For the past few years, MPD Sgt. Jesse Garcia and I have had an ongoing debate about stupid (my word) things police officers do.…
C.J.: Sgt. Garcia suggested cops treat everybody like they would their moms

C.J.: Sgt. Garcia suggested cops treat everybody like they would their moms

For the past few years, Minneapolis Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia and I have had an ongoing debate about things police officers do. In the…
C.J.: Huge crowd turns out to support Sgt. Garcia at fundraiser

C.J.: Huge crowd turns out to support Sgt. Garcia at fundraiser

Ailing MPD Sgt. Jesse Garcia III was more fatigued than anticipated at his fundraiser Monday. Staying at a hotel near Jimmy’s Event Center in…
C.J.: True-crime virtuoso Ann Rule: An angel beside me

C.J.: True-crime virtuoso Ann Rule: An angel beside me

Fans know true crime doyen Ann Rule would have written a hell of a book about Darren Sharper. We’d know everything there was…
C.J.: True crime virtuoso Ann Rule: an angel beside me

C.J.: True crime virtuoso Ann Rule: an angel beside me

Fans know true crime doyen Ann Rule would have written a hell of a book about Darren Sharper. We’d know everything there was…
C.J.: It's not a chrysanthemum bra, but what is going on with WCCO's Jamie Yuccas in that photo?

C.J.: It's not a chrysanthemum bra, but what is going on with WCCO's Jamie Yuccas in that photo?

WCCO-TV anchor Jamie Yuccas looks very turned up — as in sexy — in a photo on alyssastyled.com. Alyssa DeRusha, the…
C.J.: Fox's Lauren Green learns new hubby doesn't know her favorite greens

C.J.: Fox's Lauren Green learns new hubby doesn't know her favorite greens

Before the Fox network’s chief religion correspondent Lauren Green walked down the aisle to attorney Ted Nikolis in NYC in May, the…
C.J.: Former KSTPer Lauren found out her new husband doesn't know her favorite Green

C.J.: Former KSTPer Lauren found out her new husband doesn't know her favorite Green

Before the Fox network’s chief religion correspondent Lauren Green walked down the aisle to attorney Ted Nikolis in NYC in May, the…
C.J.: Kelcey Carlson is a no-fuss Fox 9 anchor and a kind lunchbox lady

C.J.: Kelcey Carlson is a no-fuss Fox 9 anchor and a kind lunchbox lady

Mark Albert’s choice of lunch tote must have been pretty pathetic back when he and Fox 9 anchor Kelcey Carlson worked together…
KARE 11's Rena Sarigianopoulos gets hitched to Bentley salesman

KARE 11's Rena Sarigianopoulos gets hitched to Bentley salesman

Rena Sarigianopoulos’ “BEST. DAY. EVER.” included a ride over the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in a Bentley convertible being driven by the KARE 11…

C.J.: 'Fired Up Food' host is going to keep the TV show meats tame

Oh, darn. The taste of python or iguana slathered in one of the products made by Croix Valley Foods sauce guy Damon Holter will…
C.J.: Donovan McNabb spoke better during second DWI arrest than afterward

C.J.: Donovan McNabb spoke better during second DWI arrest than afterward

No damage was done to Donovan McNabb’s nice-guy image, except for allegedly lying, during his June arrest in Arizona on suspicion of drunken driving.…
C.J.: Reelz CEO provided life line for Miss USA contestants

C.J.: Reelz CEO provided life line for Miss USA contestants

It was easy for ReelzChannel CEO Stan Hubbard to separate the rescue of the Miss USA pageant from Donald Trump, who created a…

C.J.: She has a loving brother to thank for her rasslin' moniker

When wrestler One Dirty Bitch finally opens her own bar, she may not need to hire a bouncer. After 15 “BAM” years on the…

C.J.: ODB has a loving brother to thank for the rasslin' moniker

When wrestler ODB finally opens her own bar, she may not need to hire a bouncer. After 15 “BAM” years on the canvas, she…
C.J.: Twins don't make it into Dan Levitt's baseball book

C.J.: Twins don't make it into Dan Levitt's baseball book

Not mentioned among the team-building pros in Dan Levitt’s newest book are the 1987 or 1991 Minnesota Twins. The 1936 Yankees, 1963 Dodgers, 1975…
C.J.: FOX's Lauren Green brings her new husband home to Minnesota for a "Happily Ever After” party

C.J.: FOX's Lauren Green brings her new husband home to Minnesota for a "Happily Ever After” party

“There is far too much murmuring about the ring,” NYC attorney Ted Nikolis said drolly, adding, “The next time I come to Minnesota I…
C.J.: L.A. Nik would like to change his name instead of Lake Calhoun's

C.J.: L.A. Nik would like to change his name instead of Lake Calhoun's

L.A. Nik sounds like a candidate for office. He speaks so passionately about downtown Minneapolis — and he seems to know an awful lot…

C.J.: L.A. Nik needs a name change but he doesn't think Lake Calhoun does

L.A. Nik sounds like a candidate for office. He speaks so passionately about downtown Minneapolis — and he seems to know an awful lot…
C.J.: Seven's David Koch steps into race relations and steps into something that's not tasty.

C.J.: Seven's David Koch steps into race relations and steps into something that's not tasty.

Seven’s chief manager David Koch told me Wednesday he’s going to concentrate on the restaurant business and leave race relations alone. “Yes, I guess…

C.J.: Esera Tuaolo outgrew bullying and now fights for cause

Can’t imagine Esera Tuaolo was ever small enough to bully.The singer, former NFLer and Viking, who describes himself as “6-4 and a slim, slim…
C.J.: Once bullied, Esera Tuaolo now fights for cause

C.J.: Once bullied, Esera Tuaolo now fights for cause

Can’t imagine Esera Tuaolo was ever small enough to bully.The singer, former NFLer and Viking, who describes himself as “6-4 and a slim, slim…
C.J.: Hennepin Avenue Farmers Market a dirty deal for Dehn's Garden

C.J.: Hennepin Avenue Farmers Market a dirty deal for Dehn's Garden

On Thursdays when heavy rain is predicted, don’t look for Dehn’s Garden at the temporary Farmers Market location on Hennepin Avenue. The Farmers Market on…
C.J.: A reformed knucklehead aims to provide a Fighting Chance to local kids

C.J.: A reformed knucklehead aims to provide a Fighting Chance to local kids

In MPD officer Victor Mills’ next career he’s giving some north Minneapolis kids a Fighting Chance. Mills, who is set to retire Saturday after…

C.J.: Psychic Ruth Lordan can see into the future and there may be even fewer rich people

Psychic consultant Ruth Lordan has a penchant for verbosity and high energy. Maybe it’s all that reading and clairvoyancing. I suspect it’s just…

Psychic Ruth Lordan says practice makes perfect

Psychic consultant Ruth Lordan has a penchant for verbosity. Maybe it’s all that reading and clairvoyancing, or it’s just how she is…
C.J.: Meteorologist Patrick Hammer tells of highs, lows after layoff

C.J.: Meteorologist Patrick Hammer tells of highs, lows after layoff

Buffalo, N.Y.-bound meteorologist Patrick Hammer had some low points after word came down in November 2013 that he was getting bounced from the KSTP-TV…
C.J.: With or without a satellite signal Google is useless on "The Island” with its delicious boa constrictors

C.J.: With or without a satellite signal Google is useless on "The Island” with its delicious boa constrictors

Attorney Jud Nichols says his greatest survival tool is Google, which didn’t do him a bit of good on a remote island in the…
C.J.: 2006 Super Bowl champ Ben Utecht trains to be Superman in struggles with memory loss

C.J.: 2006 Super Bowl champ Ben Utecht trains to be Superman in struggles with memory loss

“Every year at OTAs, at training camp,” Ben Utecht said, “I definitely have memories that really get me to miss the game, for…
C.J.: 2006 Super Bowl winner Ben Utecht trains to be Superman in struggles with memory loss

C.J.: 2006 Super Bowl winner Ben Utecht trains to be Superman in struggles with memory loss

“Every year at OTAs, at training camp,” Ben Utecht said, “I definitely have memories that really get me to miss the game, for…
Meteorologist Patrick Hammer is off to Buffalo TV station

Meteorologist Patrick Hammer is off to Buffalo TV station

I know for sure that Patrick Hammer, the popular meteorologist KSTP-TV dropped in November 2013, didn’t want to leave Minnesota. But he’s going. To…
Thanks to Twitter, not even Adrian Peterson runs fast enough to keep those feet out of his mouth

Thanks to Twitter, not even Adrian Peterson runs fast enough to keep those feet out of his mouth

Somebody should tell Adrian Peterson that he didn’t do his wounded image a bit of good by having a temper tantrum last week…
C.J.: KSTP's Josie Smith talks about traffic and tragedy

C.J.: KSTP's Josie Smith talks about traffic and tragedy

KSTP-TV traffic reporter Josie Smith’s usually upbeat demeanor was tested in a most tragic way. Smith, who previously provided traffic reports for WCCO-AM for…
C.J.: KSTP-TV's Josie Smith talks personal tragedy and traffic

C.J.: KSTP-TV's Josie Smith talks personal tragedy and traffic

KSTP-TV traffic reporter Josie Smith’s usually upbeat demeanor was tested in a most tragic way. Smith, who previously provided traffic reports for WCCO-AM for…
C.J.: Kevin Sorbo thinks his faith has hampered Hollywood career

C.J.: Kevin Sorbo thinks his faith has hampered Hollywood career

Kevin Sorbo has had a herculean career in Hollywood, considering the impediment of the Minnesota boy’s deep Christianity. The Mound native believes his faith has not been a plus out there.
C.J.: A herculean career that's included discrimination, Kevin Sorbo says

C.J.: A herculean career that's included discrimination, Kevin Sorbo says

Kevin Sorbo has had a herculean career in Hollywood, considering the impediment of the Minnesota boy’s deep Christianity. The Mound native believes his faith…
C.J.: Former WCCO-TV anchors recall magical living-room singalong with B.B. King

C.J.: Former WCCO-TV anchors recall magical living-room singalong with B.B. King

In the early 1980s, now-retired WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby partied and sang with B.B. King in the Minneapolis apartment of then-co-anchor Ann…
Nowlin and Auberjonois waking up Hollywood with Minn. production co.

Nowlin and Auberjonois waking up Hollywood with Minn. production co.

Minnesota-born actor Kate Nowlin and her actor husband, Remy Auberjonois, are moving here. “They are literally looking for a house right now,” said…
C.J.: Twitter's Product Poet may be guy with dough, but he doesn't want you to know

C.J.: Twitter's Product Poet may be guy with dough, but he doesn't want you to know

The master plan for this interview with Twitter’s @ProductPoet was that all my questions would be in rhyme. Most poetry makes absolutely no sense…
C.J.: A guy who may have dough is behind Twitter's @ProductPoet but he doesn't want everyone to know it

C.J.: A guy who may have dough is behind Twitter's @ProductPoet but he doesn't want everyone to know it

The master plan for this interview with Twitter’s @ProductPoet was that all my questions would be in rhyme.After puzzling over rhyming questions, I enlisted…
C.J.: Jimmy Jam's daughter's an 'anti-Kardashian'

C.J.: Jimmy Jam's daughter's an 'anti-Kardashian'

Jimmy Jam’s little girl has gotten big enough to be described as an “anti-Kardashian” player in the modeling game. Popular magazine named
Q&A: Kevin Smith on God, 'Mallrats 2,' net worth

Q&A: Kevin Smith on God, 'Mallrats 2,' net worth

The cult-loved director even explained his purported net worth.
C.J.: Minnesota has become home for Nicole and Greg Jennings, despite the Vikings

C.J.: Minnesota has become home for Nicole and Greg Jennings, despite the Vikings

The release of Greg Jennings by the Vikings will not cut his family’s ties to the Twin Cities. Nicole Jennings, who’s frantically…
C.J.:The late Ruby Dee knew how to handle a son who was a mouthful

C.J.:The late Ruby Dee knew how to handle a son who was a mouthful

This is Guy Davis’ first Mother’s Day without Ruby Dee. In June the award-winning, actor, author, poet, activist and half of a beloved…

C.J.:The late Ruby Dee knew how to handle her son when he was a young mouthful

This is Guy Davis’ first Mother’s Day without Ruby Dee. In June the award-winning actor, author, poet, activist and half of a beloved…
C.J.: TV guys Blake McCoy and Tom Butler have nationally recognized hair

C.J.: TV guys Blake McCoy and Tom Butler have nationally recognized hair

KARE 11’s Blake McCoy has the best hair, according to a website that looked at “Local Newsmen With the Best Hair by State.”…
C.J.: With Lindsey out of the picture, is the fairway clear for Elin to let Tiger have one big old mulligan?

C.J.: With Lindsey out of the picture, is the fairway clear for Elin to let Tiger have one big old mulligan?

“I guess she just forgot to share with us guys that things may not be working out,” Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning,”…

C.J.: Moviemaker Kevin Smith grew up, got a new dogma

Kevin Smith is focused on this life. That became apparent when I asked the moviemaker who wrote the screenplay to “Dogma” if he…
Moviemaker Kevin Smith grew up, got a new dogma

Moviemaker Kevin Smith grew up, got a new dogma

Kevin Smith is focused on this life.That became apparent when I asked the moviemaker who wrote the screenplay to “Dogma” if he believed…
Kevin Smith would film 'Mallrats 2' in Minn. with right tax rebates

Kevin Smith would film 'Mallrats 2' in Minn. with right tax rebates

The 1995 original was filmed in Eden Prairie.
C.J.: Kevin Smith says he'd film "Mallrats 2” here if Minnesota offers incentives

C.J.: Kevin Smith says he'd film "Mallrats 2” here if Minnesota offers incentives

Minnesota is not a lock to be the backdrop for “Mallrats 2,” Kevin Smith told me Tuesday. So think of other questions to ask…
C.J.: Retired WCCO sports guy R.J. Fritz battling cancer with chin up

C.J.: Retired WCCO sports guy R.J. Fritz battling cancer with chin up

“You know one of my friends wrote to me, ‘We’re all terminal. A lot of us just don’t know when,’ ” retired WCCO-TV sports guy
C.J.: With 'Super Troopers' star there's the occasional Meow without any cattiness

C.J.: With 'Super Troopers' star there's the occasional Meow without any cattiness

Meow, you knew a certain word wouldn’t be avoided when interviewing Erik Stolhanske.Since the Minneapolis-born actor and member of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe…
C.J.: With "Super Troopers” star Erik Stolhanske there's the occasional Meow without a hint of cattiness

C.J.: With "Super Troopers” star Erik Stolhanske there's the occasional Meow without a hint of cattiness

Meow, you knew a certain word wouldn’t be avoided when interviewing Erik Stolhanske.Since the Minneapolis-born actor and member of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe…
C.J.: Retired WCCO sports reporter R.J. Fritz fighting cancer

C.J.: Retired WCCO sports reporter R.J. Fritz fighting cancer

Former WCCO-TV sports guy Ralph Jon Fritz has stomach cancer. “I plan to live my life as normal as possible during the upcoming fight,” he wrote in an e-mail to friends.
Rusty Gatenby may do movie reviews for WCCO but not looking for more

Rusty Gatenby may do movie reviews for WCCO but not looking for more

Rusty Gatenby’s movie reviews on WCCO-TV’s “Mid-Morning” may not augur a return to local weekday TV. “I would not be employed or work for…
C.J.: KSTP's Ellen McNamara jumping into the deep in Kansas City

C.J.: KSTP's Ellen McNamara jumping into the deep in Kansas City

Ellen McNamara promises she’ll be seen again in the metro if we attract a specific big rasslin’ event, and, oh, yeah she’ll return for…
C.J.: Tom Halden jumps from Fox 9 to Archdiocese

C.J.: Tom Halden jumps from Fox 9 to Archdiocese

Halden has ended a 20-year broadcasting career at what is now Fox 9 to become the communications director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
C.J.: KSTP decided to let WCCO handle the marriage proposal

C.J.: KSTP decided to let WCCO handle the marriage proposal

WCCO-TV’s Ashley Roberts forgot to deploy her deep, authoritative anchor voice Wednesday when her KSTP-TV photographer beau Justin McCray popped the question on-air.…
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