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C.J. is a columnist in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities section. Her column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.


C.J.: Comedian Sam Grittner finds his way around New York City and depression

The 2000 graduate of St. Paul Central has put his comedy career on the back burner while he concentrates on maintaining sobriety.


C.J.: Jordan's Al Busch has your baseball cap ­— and hats for at least 1,600 other heads

Plus, he has 40 new acquisitions have yet to be logged, bagged and displayed in his barn.


C.J.: State hockey tourney is the scene of Matt Goldman's new crime novel

The Emmy-winning TV writer is Minnesotan to the bone-chilling bone.


C.J.: WCCO-AM's John Hines is calling it a career after the State Fair

Retiring Twin Cities broadcaster John Hines won’t have to juggle reading three books at once much longer. “I’m retiring because it’s time,” said Hines,…


Emmett Till's Minnesota cousin says 'we want justice'

Deborah Watts co-founded the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation in 2005.


C.J.: Skateboarder Nicole Hause gears up for X-Games and Aquatennial honor

A child of Stillwater, Hause "never imagined" that she'd be grand marshal of the 2018 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade.


C.J.: There are good things in Prince's musical vault, says former engineer who has heard songs

Susan Rogers has heard the new music from Prince that the rest of us may soon hear.


C.J.: If you like Pinterest, you'll probably leave a Pinners Expo empowered

Pinners Conference and Expo exec Roxanne Bennett’s title says it all: “Pretty Much In Charge.” When you oversee Minnesota’s first Pinners Conference with aplomb,…


C.J.: Prince ideas flowed fast and furious, engineer recalls

Boston-based Berklee College of Music launched its online master’s degree program with a video illustrating Professor Susan Rogers’ work as Prince’s recording engineer.…


C.J.: Lynching monument's Bryan Stevenson brings message of hope to Mia

Free tickets to social justice attorney Bryan Stevenson’s Mia talk went in 10 minutes, so it’s probably no surprise that he gave the greatest…