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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.: Madonna tried valiantly but in the end her Billboard tribute to Prince was not very royal

C.J.: Madonna tried valiantly but in the end her Billboard tribute to Prince was not very royal

Now we know why Prince didn’t give “Nothing Compares 2 U” to his friend, and collaborator, Madonna. The song he wrote that…
C.J.: The bubbly, mighty spirit of attorney DeGalynn Wade Sanders will be celebrated Friday

C.J.: The bubbly, mighty spirit of attorney DeGalynn Wade Sanders will be celebrated Friday

Fate only accorded attorney DeGalynn Wade Sanders one more Mother’s Day. Her attorney husband, Lance Sanders, was hoping for “the next Christmas”…
C.J.: 'Incredible Hulk' is incredibly forgiving about Bill Cosby's alleged advance on Mrs. Hulk

C.J.: 'Incredible Hulk' is incredibly forgiving about Bill Cosby's alleged advance on Mrs. Hulk

Lou Ferrigno is a sweet, civil hulk of man. I interviewed TV’s “Incredible Hulk” at the Hyatt restaurant when he was here for Wizard…
C.J.: Karl-Anthony Towns didn't want to jinx ROTY honor by preordering a gem of a suit

C.J.: Karl-Anthony Towns didn't want to jinx ROTY honor by preordering a gem of a suit

At 1:45 a.m. Monday the guys at King Brothers Clothiers got a text message from Karl-Anthony Towns. “He wrote, I won. Today’s the…
C.J.: When Carrie Underwood's at an Edina hockey tourney, dads notice

C.J.: When Carrie Underwood's at an Edina hockey tourney, dads notice

"No one recognized her. She was in the stands and so I checked [with] one of my kids keeping score and was like, 'Is that Carrie Underwood right there?' "
C.J.: Writer of Minnesota-made movie "Blood Stripe" has an L.A. premiere and a TV pilot in the works

C.J.: Writer of Minnesota-made movie "Blood Stripe" has an L.A. premiere and a TV pilot in the works

“We made the film in my hometown and we get to premiere it in Remy’s and we like that,” actor/writer Kate Nowlin told me…
C.J.: Fancy Ray's kid is not a chip off the old noisy block

C.J.: Fancy Ray's kid is not a chip off the old noisy block

It was so refreshing to see Trevon pause and allow moments of silence before answering questions. His daddy pounces on question.
C.J.: A family history of addiction prompted attorney to tell authorities what he'd heard about Prince and Percocet

C.J.: A family history of addiction prompted attorney to tell authorities what he'd heard about Prince and Percocet

Attorney Mike Padden said he received some 25 requests to do media interviews, nationally and internationally, after my video of what he told authorities…
C.J.: A ruckus at Paisley Park over T-shirts

C.J.: A ruckus at Paisley Park over T-shirts

A T-shirt seller had a verbal go-round Sunday with a woman who claimed to be a Paisley Park surrogate as a steady stream of fans…
C.J.: King twins fill tall orders in dressing the hard to fit

C.J.: King twins fill tall orders in dressing the hard to fit

King Brothers Clothiers, owned by twins Danny and Kenny King, specializes in dressing the hard-to-fit. Among the athletes who’ve found their way to…
C.J.: PR exec refused to profit off Prince's death by selling photo of him on bike

C.J.: PR exec refused to profit off Prince's death by selling photo of him on bike

The universe finally acquiesced to Heather Hofmeister’s desire to see her famous neighbor: Prince. The corporate communications exec lives around the cornerish…
C.J.: Memories 'Billy Jack Bitch,' Prince's 'biggest enemy'

C.J.: Memories 'Billy Jack Bitch,' Prince's 'biggest enemy'

During our chance 1997 meeting, Prince called me his "biggest enemy," and said he thought items I wrote about him were the fallout of my being "an old girlfriend." I told him to take a good look at me: I didn't in any way resemble the incredibly beautiful women he brought into his life. Prince said that he had a dream he and I might work together in the future.
C.J.: Broadcast legend Don Shelby is somewhat nervous about intervewing Bill Moyers

C.J.: Broadcast legend Don Shelby is somewhat nervous about intervewing Bill Moyers

“I’m a little nervous,” retired longtime WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby admitted about interviewing Bill Moyers. Such anxiety would not subside after seeing the…
C.J.: Diana Pierce is pleased her KARE11 exit included a little something extra

C.J.: Diana Pierce is pleased her KARE11 exit included a little something extra

Retiring KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce said she was not pushed out of the station.Last week a news release arrived via e-mail announcing her…
C.J.: Writing a book with Prince 'would be a nightmare job,' Neal Karlen says

C.J.: Writing a book with Prince 'would be a nightmare job,' Neal Karlen says

Writer Neal Karlen tried to conceal a tape recorder in the crotch of his jeans before a 1990 Rolling Stone interview with Prince.…
C.J.: KARE 11's Diana Pierce calls it a career after 32 years

C.J.: KARE 11's Diana Pierce calls it a career after 32 years

In September 1983 Pierce was paired with Paul Magers at what was then WTCN. Their popularity soared, making them the No. 1 anchor team in the metro.

Piercing Diana's armor

KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce is much funnier off-camera.
Fox 9's 'Jason Show' getting national tryout, and it's not even a year old

Fox 9's 'Jason Show' getting national tryout, and it's not even a year old

Matheson, who was out in L.A., for the "American Idol" finale, spilled the beans Tuesday while doing a celebrity gossips segment.
C.J.: Long-time KQ sidekick Terri Traen is in negotiations to do her own show

C.J.: Long-time KQ sidekick Terri Traen is in negotiations to do her own show

KQ92 morning show sidekick Terri Traen's getting her own show, Tom Barnard told me on Monday."Terri went to management and said she wanted…
C.J.: Writer Neal Karlen 'got jaded, jaded by that Prince world'

C.J.: Writer Neal Karlen 'got jaded, jaded by that Prince world'

The writer who probably knows Prince the best has resisted countless offers to write the bio of the rocker, who is now penning his memoirs.
C.J.: Will Jimmy Jam help launch the career of Rodney Peete's singing, college-bound daughter?

C.J.: Will Jimmy Jam help launch the career of Rodney Peete's singing, college-bound daughter?

Ryan Peete, the teenage daughter of Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete, showcased exceptional guitar and vocal skills on an episode of OWN's reality show "For Peete's Sake."
C.J.: Coffey kids can give mom credit for their basketball blessings

C.J.: Coffey kids can give mom credit for their basketball blessings

Basketball players Sydney, Nia and Amir Coffey get their competitiveness from their mother, Sheba Coffey, who also humbly credits herself for the athleticism of her kids, whom you may know from their Hopkins High playing days.
C.J.: Prince's memoir will be a beauty if he gives his take on my questions

C.J.: Prince's memoir will be a beauty if he gives his take on my questions

A Prince memoir, scheduled for fall 2017, is a curious confluence of unimaginable developments. Despite having submitted the first 50 pages, according to…
C.J.: Retired ABC correspondent Sam Donaldson was an elusive get for Sen. McCarthy documentarian

C.J.: Retired ABC correspondent Sam Donaldson was an elusive get for Sen. McCarthy documentarian

Sam Donaldson had to admire Rob Hahn’s intrepid pursuit of an interview. Hahn has completed a documentary about the late Sen. Eugene…
C.J.: Smart mouth Will Durst takes on 2016 campaign, even Pillsbury Doughboy

C.J.: Smart mouth Will Durst takes on 2016 campaign, even Pillsbury Doughboy

Will Durst loves great words. “I love language and I love when I can give some inflated language to the audience,” said the satirist…
C.J.: KSTP's Ken Barlow photo shows that Sven Sundgaard isn't the only one with the beef

C.J.: KSTP's Ken Barlow photo shows that Sven Sundgaard isn't the only one with the beef

KSTP-TV meteorologist Ken Barlow is now an official contestant in the unofficial shirtless Twin Cities anchors photo contest. Barlow is wearing long shorts…

C.J.: Cuteness alert: KARE 11 anchors Williams and Hepola expecting twins

KARE 11 weekend anchor Camille Williams is expecting twins.I could tell she was pregnant but a lot was explained when she remarked about…
C.J.: Twin Cities attorney fighting Stage 4 cancer wants 100 more Christmases

C.J.: Twin Cities attorney fighting Stage 4 cancer wants 100 more Christmases

With bubbliness, optimism, an all-organic diet and a workout schedule, DeGalynn Wade Sanders looks to beat health struggles.
C.J.: Sen. Klobuchar's work with Canada pays off during Justin Trudeau's state visit

C.J.: Sen. Klobuchar's work with Canada pays off during Justin Trudeau's state visit

The word “partying” in proximity to the name of Minnesota’s senior senator leapt out at me in an e-mail. “Good Day, C.J.,…
C.J.: Winning on 'Wendy Williams Show' special for Marshall woman

C.J.: Winning on 'Wendy Williams Show' special for Marshall woman

A couple of Wendys made winning $4,000 special for Marshall’s Jesmine Sanabria. The one with the money was Fox’s “Wendy Williams Show,” which…
C.J.: There's life after KARE 11 for Tim McNiff — even if it's a minefield

C.J.: There's life after KARE 11 for Tim McNiff — even if it's a minefield

Instead of getting up at 2 a.m. to go work alongside Kim Insley at the KARE 11’s “Sunrise” anchor desk, now Tim McNiff…
C.J.: WCCO-TV's Mark Rosen hugs it out in Florida with (wink) forlorn Torii Hunter

C.J.: WCCO-TV's Mark Rosen hugs it out in Florida with (wink) forlorn Torii Hunter

The visuals did not appear very passionate in the embrace seen Monday between WCCO-TV sports anchor Mark Rosen and recently retired Twin Torii Hunter.
C.J.: Beyond flexing: Sven Sundgaard's latest social media declaration of love is sealed with a hug and a real kiss

C.J.: Beyond flexing: Sven Sundgaard's latest social media declaration of love is sealed with a hug and a real kiss

KARE 11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is trying to break the Internet.
C.J.: NHL Network's Jamie Hersch likes the bad boys

C.J.: NHL Network's Jamie Hersch likes the bad boys

The NHL Network's "On The Fly" host felt no need to expense a hotel room when she was here for last weekend's Blackhawks-Wild outdoor game events. She stayed with her parents.
C.J.: James Corden is not vague about examining Prince's facial hair

C.J.: James Corden is not vague about examining Prince's facial hair

James Corden must not want to book Prince for “Carpool Karaoke.” The host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS made fun…
C.J.: Readers have a few thoughts about KARE 11's 'Breaking the News'

C.J.: Readers have a few thoughts about KARE 11's 'Breaking the News'

Last week KARE 11 "Breaking the News" co-host Rena Sarigianopoulos actually did something different for local TV news. She read e-mails containing foul language from viewers who are not yet fans of the show airing at 6:30 p.m. weekdays.
C.J.: Punch Pizza's cleanliness puts it a slice above the rest

C.J.: Punch Pizza's cleanliness puts it a slice above the rest

The food safety habits of Punch Pizza employees are among the best at local restaurants. Thank founder, former resident of Milan, Italy, and germaphobe John Soranno, along with his business partner John Puckett.
C.J.: Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace also has quick hands

C.J.: Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace also has quick hands

Evan Kail took one upside the head from martial arts legend Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. Wallace was in Brooklyn Center for an…
C.J.: Erin Andrews, why so glum, chum, if that was you at the Wild game?

C.J.: Erin Andrews, why so glum, chum, if that was you at the Wild game?

Someone who looks a lot like Erin Andrews apparently had little reason to smile for the camera at Saturday's Wild game.
C.J.: David Kent knows movie-style "anchors," but that's not his wife, Fox 9's Kelcey Carlson

C.J.: David Kent knows movie-style "anchors," but that's not his wife, Fox 9's Kelcey Carlson

The one thing Dave Kent and Kelcey Carlson won’t do to celebrate Valentine’s Day is create another life. “No more babies. We’re done.…
C.J.: Peyton Manning is going to retire, a relative believes

C.J.: Peyton Manning is going to retire, a relative believes

Peyton Manning just won Super Bowl 50, his second championship and his 200th NFL win, the most of any quarterback — of course, he’s…
C.J.: "Nowhere to Run" when you rub Martha Reeves the wrong way

C.J.: "Nowhere to Run" when you rub Martha Reeves the wrong way

Don't ever tell Motown legend Martha Reeves that her voice is anything other than soprano.That was my takeaway after seeing one of the…
C.J.: The Original Larry Fitzgerald says Jr. nice-talks, not trash-talks, NFL opponents

C.J.: The Original Larry Fitzgerald says Jr. nice-talks, not trash-talks, NFL opponents

Pregame a couple Sundays ago in Charlotte, Michael Jordan told the Original Larry Fitzgerald something bad was about to happen to Jr. “It’s…
C.J.: Only tears of joy this time at WCCO-TV anchor Angela Davis' beachfront wedding ceremony

C.J.: Only tears of joy this time at WCCO-TV anchor Angela Davis' beachfront wedding ceremony

WCCO-TV anchor Angela Davis' 20th wedding anniversary and vow renewal ceremony was something of a do over for her, if not her husband.It was…
C.J.: "Breaking the News" may need repairs to attract a larger audience

C.J.: "Breaking the News" may need repairs to attract a larger audience

A tweet last week from Jana Shortal, co-anchor of KARE 11's nascent "Breaking the News," sure sounded like a plea.
C.J.: James Brown impersonator feels good about his model

C.J.: James Brown impersonator feels good about his model

Ty Stone behaves as if he is the Godfather of Soul even when he’s not on stage performing the “James Brown Experience.” There…
C.J.: Rocky spot in Joan Steffend-Joe Brandmeier marriage inspires a documentary

C.J.: Rocky spot in Joan Steffend-Joe Brandmeier marriage inspires a documentary

Most marriages go through serious downs, even peace seeker Joan Steffend’s 27-year union to Moving Pictures producer Joe Brandmeier. Sweet Joe’s and…
C.J.: Marcus Fitzgerald's spicy tweets about the Cardinals QB's game-day problems just disappeared

C.J.: Marcus Fitzgerald's spicy tweets about the Cardinals QB's game-day problems just disappeared

Some of the best tweets about Sunday's carnage in Charlotte, where Panthers feasted on Cardinals during the NFC Championship, came from tweets by Marcus Fitzgerald, brother of Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr.
C.J.: Former KARE11 anchor Asha Blake is much tougher than she looks

C.J.: Former KARE11 anchor Asha Blake is much tougher than she looks

Despite the easy smile, former KARE 11 anchor Asha Blake says she was never the sweetest personality in broadcasting. The fourth of six kids,…
C.J.: Lizz Winstead thinks Apple won't Hinder her next app

C.J.: Lizz Winstead thinks Apple won't Hinder her next app

Now that Apple CEO Tim Cook knows who the co-creator of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” is, Lizz Winstead shouldn’t have any problems…
C.J.: Mitch Omer left Hell's Kitchen colleagues with a vision for the restaurant's next 20 years

C.J.: Mitch Omer left Hell's Kitchen colleagues with a vision for the restaurant's next 20 years

Mitch Omer presented his huge ideas for the future of Hell's Kitchen with a dramatic flourish.
Donny Osmond wants to entertain and be liked so he wisely avoids the political stuff

Donny Osmond wants to entertain and be liked so he wisely avoids the political stuff

Like a politician on a mission to shake hands, Donny Osmond marched up to the people near the front of a line with approximately…
C.J.: Fran Tarkenton is set to watch playoff games with a soaps queen

C.J.: Fran Tarkenton is set to watch playoff games with a soaps queen

Fran Tarkenton will catch Saturday’s NFL playoff games in his theater room with Susan Lucci. Thought I’d misheard the loquacious Vikings Hall of…
C.J.: Former Viking to do culinary honors at Beth El event with Dr. Bennet Omalu

C.J.: Former Viking to do culinary honors at Beth El event with Dr. Bennet Omalu

Former Viking Esera Tuaolo is scheduled to be the celebrity chef for Beth El Synagogue's "Inspiring Minds Series" featuring Dr. Bennet Omalu.
C.J.: The mailbox is full of nice Christmas cards

C.J.: The mailbox is full of nice Christmas cards

Santa’s going to need a new chapeau. That is what the caption on my Christmas card photo would have stated had I been able…
C.J.: For Vikings QB Teddy B., E is for encouragement and L is for legendary

C.J.: For Vikings QB Teddy B., E is for encouragement and L is for legendary

That "legendary" pep talk Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gave Teddy Bridgewater may have been just what the young QB needed. Wish it had…

C.J.: Mitch Albom amps up music, tamps down "Frankie Presto's" sex life

Three incredible words about my video with inestimable Detroit Free Press sports columnist: Mitch Albom sings. There was no singing by ESPN’s…
C.J.: Local attorney says yes to Dr. Bennet Omalu and no to brain-rattling sports

C.J.: Local attorney says yes to Dr. Bennet Omalu and no to brain-rattling sports

No male family members will play football or hockey if attorney Bucky Zimmerman can prevent it. “Not knowing what I know today,” he…
C.J.: 'Christmas Cone of Silence' Miss Richfield 1981's sensitive take on all subjects touchy

C.J.: 'Christmas Cone of Silence' Miss Richfield 1981's sensitive take on all subjects touchy

The original Miss Richfield was present last week for “Christmas Cone of Silence,” Miss Richfield 1981’s 17th annual holiday production at Illusion Theater. I…
C.J.: Lizz Winstead's year-end political review highlights countless miserables

C.J.: Lizz Winstead's year-end political review highlights countless miserables

“There’s so much material, I should have told people to bring their pajamas,” Lizz Winstead said Tuesday when I asked how writing was going…
C.J.: One designer's interesting use of 1,000 condoms

C.J.: One designer's interesting use of 1,000 condoms

A dress made of 1,000 condoms by designer Joynoelle packs all the symbolic protection a girl or a guy could need. The dress…
C.J.: Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey chillin' in Minnesota with business-minded missus

C.J.: Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey chillin' in Minnesota with business-minded missus

All right, all right, all right! Matthew McConaughey was walking the streets of Minneapolis last week.Wednesday I received an e-mail from Kendall…
C.J.: If Nicole Remini's kids attracted to Scientology, she'd say: Read Aunt Leah's book

C.J.: If Nicole Remini's kids attracted to Scientology, she'd say: Read Aunt Leah's book

After editing my video with Nicole Remini, I am mystified that she’s not as well known as her younger sister, “King of Queens”star…
C.J.: Brooklyn Center mom whose daughter was a distracted driving casualty reminds motorists to stay focused

C.J.: Brooklyn Center mom whose daughter was a distracted driving casualty reminds motorists to stay focused

Brenda Van Asch’s encounter with me ended better than it started. We were both at Donny Osmond’s autograph session Saturday at Southern Lights, the…
C.J.: Donny Osmond prefers to feel the groove when Weeknd's having face problems

C.J.: Donny Osmond prefers to feel the groove when Weeknd's having face problems

The wonderful Donny Osmond, of all people, on Saturday helped me begin to work through my inner conflict with Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My…
C.J.: "People Tools" author Alan Fox tells how to survive those Thanksgiving dinner knives

C.J.: "People Tools" author Alan Fox tells how to survive those Thanksgiving dinner knives

Follow the advice of “People Tools” author Alan C. Fox and you may have a very pleasant Thanksgiving with your family. I asked the…
C.J.: Loni Anderson's first husband said she liked to buy things but didn't see what Burt Reynolds claims

C.J.: Loni Anderson's first husband said she liked to buy things but didn't see what Burt Reynolds claims

“But Enough About Me …,” Burt Reynolds’ new memoir, kicks a little dirt on the image of Roseville’s Loni Anderson by noting her…
C.J.: A trip to Paris during terrorists attacks has wrestling host thinking he should apprise mom of his globe-trotting

C.J.: A trip to Paris during terrorists attacks has wrestling host thinking he should apprise mom of his globe-trotting

"The first text I got was, Are you guys all right?" Jeremy Borash, the host of "TNA Impact Wrestling" on Destination America, told…
C.J.: 'Idol' alum performs "Drinksgiving" show at Famous Dave's

C.J.: 'Idol' alum performs "Drinksgiving" show at Famous Dave's

Val Chmerkovskiy. That’s the answer to the question: What celebrity does Minneapolis singer Mark Andrew resemble? Though I studied Andrew’s face during our…
C.J.: Coco & Breezy sunglasses finally land in Minnesota, plus 'Tres' lenses on horizon

C.J.: Coco & Breezy sunglasses finally land in Minnesota, plus 'Tres' lenses on horizon

I am thrilled to announce that NYC-based sunglasses entrepreneurs Coco & Breezy have finally found an outfit to sell their product in their…
C.J.: On the Jacob Wetterling case from Day 1, Caroline Lowe is back & covering it for the competition, KARE 11

C.J.: On the Jacob Wetterling case from Day 1, Caroline Lowe is back & covering it for the competition, KARE 11

“Wow. No way,” were Caroline Lowe’s first thoughts, she told me Monday, when KARE 11 news director Jane Helmke called to ask if…
C.J.: Editor, musician Lee Hawkins all business about Christmas CD with dad

C.J.: Editor, musician Lee Hawkins all business about Christmas CD with dad

Little Hawk was rough on Big Hawk’s feathers inside a New Hope recording studio while they worked on a track for “Christmas Songs About the…
C.J.: WCCO-TV's Jennifer Mayerle talks about the scoop she got on Jacob Wetterling case

C.J.: WCCO-TV's Jennifer Mayerle talks about the scoop she got on Jacob Wetterling case

WCCO-TV’s Jennifer Mayerle wasn’t the only reporter in federal court Wednesday when the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling’s 1989 disappearance was…
C.J.: JB Hudson CEO also collects sparkling art objects like the one featuring Prince at Gallery13

C.J.: JB Hudson CEO also collects sparkling art objects like the one featuring Prince at Gallery13

There must be fewer adoring Prince fans with a few bucks to spare in the Twin Cities than imagined.A painting of Prince by artist…
C.J.: 'Mr. Halloween,' 12, whips up a fright fest in his Minneapolis garage

C.J.: 'Mr. Halloween,' 12, whips up a fright fest in his Minneapolis garage

Cal Thiesing, 12, lives for Oct. 31. So do friends and neighbors who come to the Thiesing (rhymes with sneezing) family’s annual Halloween party…
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