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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.: Minnesotans have cornered the costume design market in Los Angeles

And the winner of the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Contemporary Costume Design was, of course, a Minnesotan. Lou Eyrich took home her fourth Emmy,…


C.J.: Multitasking musician Vanessa Silberman on deck for Minneapolis show

The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter is also an engineer and producer. All those hats keep her on the move.


C.J.: At the State Fair you can learn a lot about the people from their T-shirts

Some Minnesotans were too reserved to play along, even if their T-shirts were not.


C.J.: 'Laughing at the darkest stuff is the best medicine' for comedian Sam Grittner

The comic shares thoughts on media coverage when someone famous dies by suicide.


C.J.: Darren 'Doogie' Wolfson may have outgrown nickname, but fans haven't

The former KFANer has, maturity-wise, outgrown the radio nickname Doogie, but he still answers to it, even as a doting dad.


C.J.: Comedian Sam Grittner takes what life deals because he survived his last suicide attempt

Sobriety has enhanced his appreciation for helping others by sharing what works for him.


C.J.: Ross Mathews talks podcast, RuPaul, Melania and "Newsmaker-of-the-Week" -- Omarosa

He's working on a follow-up to his bestseller, "Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence."


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.