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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.: St. Kate's commencentment speaker sought speech advice from 'This Is Us' Emmy winner

At St. Catherine University’s commencement last month, the speaker finally had the opportunity to walk across the stage and pretend to receive her diploma.…


C.J.: For RuPaul, love and kindness top everything else

This is Week 2 of the test run for the “RuPaul” talk show airing on Fox 9+ (WFTC, Ch. 9.2), at 8 p.m. Tuesday.…


C.J.: KSTP's Lindsey Brown wants viewers' tips on baby care

“The thing is,” said KSTP-TV anchor Lindsey Brown, “I’m interested in the fact that I’m having a baby, but no one else is.” How…


C.J.: RuPaul's new talk show launches a trial run

The guest lineup for the first week of “RuPaul,” the talk show, should just about guarantee a big splash. The cultural icon and Emmy-winning…


C.J.: Kevin Kling finds belly laughs and a home at Interact Center

A tinge of trepidation is coloring the overall excitement actor, writer, storyteller and local treasure Kevin Kling feels about his big night with Interact…


C.J.: Despite his appearance, Minnesotan Jeff Arundel is happy with his new album

Singer-songwriter Jeff Arundel looks like an angry man on the cover of his eighth record.I'm not the only person who thinks that. "Five people…


C.J.: Award-winning journalist Ray Suarez on the relationship between faith and politics

Award-winning journalist Ray Suarez was paying respects to a Founding Father when I called him Memorial Day. “I’m out for the holiday in Philadelphia.…


C.J.: College scholarship fundraiser determined to widen her search

UNCF area director Laverne McCartney Knighton is about to celebrate her second anniversary making sure no minds are wasted among college-bound kids deserving scholarships…


C.J.: At least these Triple S Dance Competition daughters didn't dress their dads in drag

The daughters didn’t appear to weigh 100 pounds each — soaking wet — and yet their dads looked intimidated. Could it have been because the…


C.J. : Sportswriter John Feinstein must go see the athletes to the dismay of his youngest child

Sports columnist John Feinstein spent some time on the road after Virginia won the Final Four. The author of 35 books, including the New…