First Lady Tonette Walker

First Lady Tonette Walker presents Daryl Standafer ‘hero’ award’

Doug Stohlberg of the Hudson Star-Observer
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, presented the Wisconsin Heroes Award to Hudsonite Daryl Standafer during a ceremony at Mama Maria’s Restaurant Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The monthly award is designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin residents who help make the state a better place.

Approximately 100 friends and family members gathered to surprise Standafer who had no idea he was receiving the award. His wife Jan told him they were attending a “mystery event” that afternoon.

During the presentation Walker said Standafer has volunteered hundreds of hours in the St. Croix Valley area and in support of the state of Wisconsin. Notably he has spent time over his 20 years of advocacy working on securing support and funding for the replacement of the lift bridge connecting Wisconsin to Stillwater, Minnesota.

He personally visited Washington, D.C., on behalf of the St. Croix Valley to lobby Congress for the bridge project several times. After his years of hard work he had the honor of speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge in March of 2013.

He also has served on several boards, and volunteers with many organizations, some of which include: Carpenter Nature Center, Library Foundation, Community Foundation, SOS, Community Action, Rotary, St. Croix County Historical Society, Backpack Program, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and the hospital capital campaign. In addition, he is a trustee on the North Hudson Village Board and served on the County Board for 18 years – six years as county board chair.

Recognition is given each month to one outstanding Wisconsin resident. The first lady visits and presents a Wisconsin Heroes Award to thank the recipient for his or her willingness, compassion, and commitment to the betterment of the state.

Anyone may nominate a Wisconsin resident for a Wisconsin Heroes Award. To learn more about the initiative or to nominate a candidate, go to