Kelly Wilder

What is the most important room in your home?
The kitchen. That is where we spend most of our time together, as we have an eat-in kitchen. Whenever possible, I enjoy sitting down for a meal together and especially when our adult children can join us!

What did you want to be when you were small?
I remember wanting to be a Forest Ranger when I was in high school. I think this was inspired by family trips up to my aunt's and uncle's resort on Lake Wabedo. I loved summer adventures on the lake and campfires at night.

If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
I'd say yardwork. We have quite a few gardens that take a lot of time in the spring and fall. In the summer, we often dine on the patio to enjoy the sights and sounds.

What's your favorite thing to do in the summer? Winter?
In the summer, I love to go camping. We usually camp somewhere within three-hours of the Twin Cities. I love to hike and tour the area. In the winter, nothing beats relaxing by a warm fire after a few hours outside shoveling or cross-country skiing. It's also the best time to do puzzles and drink hot tea.

What's one thing you will never do again?
Due to the fact that this opportunity will never be available again, I regret to say that I will never be able to travel across Europe again with friends who were World War II vets, all members of the Second Armored Division. Some of my siblings and I represented my dad, who was also a member but had passed away some years earlier, as we joined their 2004 liberation tour, which retraced their progress from Normandy, France into Germany. The vets were treated like royalty as various towns and cities held celebrations to honor.