Q What part of a Minnesota lifestyle do you wish you could expose your children to on a daily basis?
A Minnesota nice. And I do. We visit Minnesota at least once a year so they can see how good Mommy had it growing up in a wonderful place that is so down to earth.
Q Either of your kids play the violin?
A My kids both play the piano. In fact, my 10-year-old daughter just gave a solo recital of 11 classical pieces to honor two of the little girls killed at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn. The families were there and we raised more than $10,000 for the families’ charities established in their girls’ honor. It was an amazing experience and a great life lesson.
Q How often do you play your violin these days?
A I don’t play my violin currently. I keep threatening to go back and really I should for my kids.
Q What accounts for so many Minnesotans having high profiles across a number of different national platforms?
A Minnesota was a great place to grow up. Good values, good schools, great family life.
Q What places must you always visit when you return to Minnesota?
A Target. Mississippi River. Dairy Queen.
Q What cars do you own?
A I’m a mom. I own the very cool and hip Chevy Traverse. It’s a fantastic car with a third-row seat. The best for carpooling my kids and their friends.