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  • Bearskin and Hiawatha Trails now connected for 32 miles of recreation

    It took 25 years to complete, but last Saturday a ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the connection of the Bearskin and Hiawatha trails in Cassian. With the two trails connected, now bicyclists, snowmobilers and hikers will have 32 miles of uninterrupted trail to walk or ride. Jim Wise, a Tomahawk businessman, was instrumental in getting the project completed. “The Bearskin trail was built in the 1980s and the Hiawatha was completed in 1990,” said Wise. “The reason the two trails were never connected was primarily due to funding.” The project cost $100,000 to complete although there are still some parts of the trail that will need to be added as they are currently on township roads at this time. “The Department of Natural Resources is in the process of getting easement permits from private landowners,” said Wise. “We are calling this Phase one completion.

    Thu, 08/28/2014

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  • Tonette and Scott Walker take ice bucket challenge, pass it on to Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Reince Priebus

    What do Scott and Tonette Walker, Chris Christie, Cory Booker and Joe Kennedy have in common? They're all wet. No, that's not an insult. Those politicos, along with a slew of other elected officials and celebrities, have all participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, which asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker posted a video of herself and Gov. Walker being doused with ice water to her Facebook page on Thursday night. The couple was challenged by their son, Matt Walker, a student at Marquette University and chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. Walker posted another video — filmed in a higher quality — of the same challenge to his own Facebook page later that evening.

    Fri, 08/15/2014

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  • Governor, First Lady Hold Cabinet Meeting at State Fair

    Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker met with Cabinet leaders at the Wisconsin State Fair on Monday.

    “There’s no better way to kick off our week than a meeting at the State Fair,” said Governor Walker. “It is a great opportunity for members of the cabinet to come see all the vendors and the unique Wisconsin products that are featured here each year. The State Fair is a great tradition that draws crowds from all across Wisconsin, and holding our meeting here allows us to interact with the people we work for and see the work some of them do.”

    Tue, 08/05/2014

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  • Wisconsin First Lady Visits Catholic Charities Bureau

    First Lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker met with Alan Rock, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Catholic Charities Bureau Central Office in Superior, WI.  During her visit to the area Mrs. Walker requested a meeting to discuss the Fostering Futures’ Program where Superior, Wisconsin has been designated as the pilot rural community.

    Wed, 07/30/2014

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  • De Pere Man Honored For Volunteer Work

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     A De Pere man received a surprise award Thursday from Wisconsin's first lady Tonette Walker for his volunteer work in the community. 

    A crowd gathered at the Volunteer Center in Green Bay, but 84-year-old Elton Peterson had no idea it was in his honor. 

    "It was a complete surprise. I had no idea anything like this was going to happen," said Peterson. 

    Mrs. Walker gave Peterson the Wisconsin Heroes Award for his volunteer work. 

    "This award gives me an opportunity to travel all over the state and recognize someone who has gone above and beyond to improve their community where they live," said Walker. 

    Peterson has been volunteering for the past 22 years since he retired from Wisconsin Public Service. 

    He is involved at the De Pere Community Center helping with the nutrition program and delivering meals.

    Thu, 06/19/2014

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker presenting the May 2014 Wisconsin Heroes Award to Ruth Gullerud

    Sat, 05/10/2014

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  • First Lady embarks on rainy hike

    TOWN OF LOWVILLE — Neither rain nor sleet would keep Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker from her morning hike.

    As she stood under her umbrella Thursday morning at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, Walker noted two things about her 31st Walk With Walker — that it isn’t the first walk she’s taken in inclement weather, but it is the first time that no residents from the host community joined in the hike.

    Walker told the group of about a dozen people — media, MacKenzie Center supporters, local and state officials — that Walk with Walker originated with her husband, Gov. Scott Walker, when he was the Milwaukee County executive, and he got in the habit of inviting county employees on noontime hikes.

    Thu, 04/24/2014

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  • Hospitality Center director recognized as state ‘hero’

    As the Hospitality Center nears its three-year anniversary, the efforts of its director, the Rev. Kevin Stewart, have not gone unnoticed.

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker on Monday recognized Stewart with the Wisconsin Heroes award for his work providing meals and comfort to about 165 people in need each day. The center, in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 614 Main St., started in May 2011 serving 17 people per day.

    Tue, 04/22/2014

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  • First lady to take a hike at MacKenzie Center

    Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker will come to Columbia County on Thursday to take a little stroll.

    Her visit to the MacKenzie Environmental Center near Poynette is part of a series of monthly events called “Walk With Walker,” a series of visits to Wisconsin trails, parks and other sites to promote health and fitness while enjoying scenery.

    The public is invited to the event, said MacKenzie Center Director JD Smith.

    Walker is scheduled to arrive at the MacKenzie Center, W7303 Columbia County Highway CS in the town of Lowville, at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

    Joining her will be Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division Administrator Kristy Rogers, who will represent DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

    They will meet at the South Trails parking lot.

    Thu, 04/17/2014

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  • "Walk with Walker" comes to Poynette

    First Lady Tonette Walker will be at the MacKenzie Center/Poynette Game Farm next Thursday, April 24 as part off her monthly "Walk with Walker".

    She will be joined by Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and DNR Division Administrator Kristy Rogers representing DNR Secretary Stepp.

    Thu, 04/17/2014

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