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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.: 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…
C.J.: Neal Karlen on driving Jenny McCarthy and writing a scandalous Minneapolis book

C.J.: Neal Karlen on driving Jenny McCarthy and writing a scandalous Minneapolis book

The joke was on Neal Karlen when he went to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to play a prank on Jenny McCarthy and
C.J.: Flipnosis, one of the great nicknames, dies with Flip Saunders

C.J.: Flipnosis, one of the great nicknames, dies with Flip Saunders

Flipnosis is no more. The nickname KFAN’s Paul Allen coined for Timberwolves exec and coach Flip Saunders was the most creative ever.…
C.J.: A thinly disguised 'Beshmesher' will attend 'Glensheen'

C.J.: A thinly disguised 'Beshmesher' will attend 'Glensheen'

An attorney with a name that sounds a whole lot like Beshmesher plans to be in the audience for Saturday’s matinee performance of History…
C.J.: Woman-run Crooked Water Spirits is looking for its own distillery

C.J.: Woman-run Crooked Water Spirits is looking for its own distillery

IT company executive Heather Manley is spending discretionary income on alcohol in a big way. Manley, owner of Crooked Water Spirits, is the first…
C.J.: Latest Kardashian crisis links Odom, Humphries

C.J.: Latest Kardashian crisis links Odom, Humphries

Lucky Kris Humphries merited a mention in New York Post reporter Maureen Callahan’s excellent takedown of the Kardashians’ proclivity for always making…

C.J.: NHL's Jordan Leopold talks about concussions, life outside hockey

Jordan Leopold is going to be just fine if he’s slapped his last puck into a hockey net. Business is booming at Leopold’s Mississippi…
C.J.: Stolhanske celebrates 'Super Troopers 2' with dinner at La Belle Vie

C.J.: Stolhanske celebrates 'Super Troopers 2' with dinner at La Belle Vie

Erik Stolhanske celebrated going off to Massachusetts to shoot exterior scenes for “Super Troopers 2.” I ran into the Broken Lizard comedy troupe member…
C.J.: KSTP-TVer Lindsey Brown, newly wed, is too happy to smile less

C.J.: KSTP-TVer Lindsey Brown, newly wed, is too happy to smile less

It was Mississippi, it was September – and absolutely nothing went wrong.
Paul Douglas: Talking about climate change 'not good for my television career'

Paul Douglas: Talking about climate change 'not good for my television career'

Paul Douglas entered the world of TV meteorology wary and never wanting to be dependent on "the man."
C.J.: Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard makes way back from concussion

C.J.: Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard makes way back from concussion

Fox 9 meteorologist Ian Leonard went to social media Tuesday to thank all the people who have helped him since the 2013 concussion that…
C.J.: KARE 11 tries new news show at 6:30, moves up 'Entertainment Tonight'

C.J.: KARE 11 tries new news show at 6:30, moves up 'Entertainment Tonight'

Bad news: “Entertainment Tonight” is moving to an earlier time on KARE 11. The good news: Weekend anchor Rena Sarigianopoulos and reporter/anchor fill-in Jana…
C.J.: Having a girl's name made Francis Tarkenton tougher

C.J.: Having a girl's name made Francis Tarkenton tougher

Former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton didn’t have any idea who Ragnar is. Missteps by longtime mascots must not be included in the regular updates…
C.J.: Trish Van Pilsum's ailing husband is better but she's not sure she'll return to local TV

C.J.: Trish Van Pilsum's ailing husband is better but she's not sure she'll return to local TV

Trish Van Pilsum talks as if she’ll never return to TV news, where she last worked as an investigative reporter for Fox 9. In…
C.J.: Coach Grant's lady friend's all time favorite Viking is who?

C.J.: Coach Grant's lady friend's all time favorite Viking is who?

Hall of Fame Vikings coach Bud Grant missed his HOF Super Bowl QB Fran Tarkenton’s latest book signing at the Eden Prairie Costco Saturday.…
C.J.: NFL writer determined to Master sports and fashion — if shoe fits

C.J.: NFL writer determined to Master sports and fashion — if shoe fits

A frothy examination of Master Tesfatsion's enormous sneaker collection turned briefly serious when the sports journalist started talking about a childhood void of such…
C.J.: Kris Humphries is off the hook in herpes lawsuit

C.J.: Kris Humphries is off the hook in herpes lawsuit

It looks as if Minnesota-born NBAer Kris Humphries has prevailed in the 2012 lawsuit filed by a California woman who claims he gave her herpes…
Edina Makeup Queen Carroll Britton gives son Evan Kail a makeover

Edina Makeup Queen Carroll Britton gives son Evan Kail a makeover

Mom has turned out to be the toughest get so far for fledging moviemaker Evan Kail's new YouTube interview show, "In The Closet."Retired…
C.J.: Kristi Yamaguchi doesn't let motorists who don't signal skate

C.J.: Kristi Yamaguchi doesn't let motorists who don't signal skate

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is a conflicted fan of the pig. She’s written children’s books about a determined little pig but she still…
C.J.: S.R. Harris, Minnesota's material man, just wants a slice of cake

C.J.: S.R. Harris, Minnesota's material man, just wants a slice of cake

Sid Harris, a businessman who has more fabric than anyone in Minnesota and maybe the world, desperately wants a piece of wedding cake. For…
C.J.: Crime against 'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis was no carjacking, police say

C.J.: Crime against 'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis was no carjacking, police say

Nicole Curtis, the host of "Rehab Addict," said on her Twitter and Facebook accounts that she was the victim of an attempted carjacking, but police say it was a purse snatching from her car.
C.J.: WCCO sport anchor Mark Rosen didn't dare test out his new knee at the State Fair

C.J.: WCCO sport anchor Mark Rosen didn't dare test out his new knee at the State Fair

It’s just a coincidence that part of the recovery for WCCO-TV’s Mark Rosen’s full knee replacement took place during the State Fair. KFAN…
C.J.: Minnesota 'Makeover Guy' offers an olive branch to jailed Kentucky clerk

C.J.: Minnesota 'Makeover Guy' offers an olive branch to jailed Kentucky clerk

Minnesota “Makeover Guy” Christopher Hopkins is meeting the hatred of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis with the benevolent offer of a new look. A…
C.J.: Ex-KSTPer Patrick Hammer has new job, new fair cookie

C.J.: Ex-KSTPer Patrick Hammer has new job, new fair cookie

Hammer is already seeing the greatness of his new weather city, Buffalo.
C.J.: Mike Binkley holds back retirement news at Lauren Casey's expense

C.J.: Mike Binkley holds back retirement news at Lauren Casey's expense

WCCO-TV’s Mike Binkley seemed determined to control Wednesday’s announcement of his Dec. 6 retirement from broadcasting. Binkley’s considered a nice guy, but he…
C.J.: Viewer didn't see what he thought he saw on Amelia Santaniello

C.J.: Viewer didn't see what he thought he saw on Amelia Santaniello

WCCO-TV anchor Amelia Santaniello said viewer Steve didn’t see what he thought in the knit top she was wearing on a recent newscast, but stay…
C.J.: St. Paul Saints owner Mike Veeck said the Hall should let in Pete Rose

C.J.: St. Paul Saints owner Mike Veeck said the Hall should let in Pete Rose

The St. Paul Saints’ Mike Veeck is in hog heaven whether or not team mascot Pablo Pigasso is present. The team’s first season…
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…
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