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  • New $600,000 grant to help address mental health care barriers

    Cost and access are two barriers to mental health care in western Wisconsin.

    A new grant could help address both concerns, especially in rural areas.

    Recently, we aired a series about mental health services, and the shortcomings locally. Monday, the state announced a $600,000 grant to improve services in seven western Wisconsin counties.

    "We really want to start with a needs assessment. We want to understand what core benefits are being provided throughout the region, and in what ways," said Jill Chaffee, Operations Administrator for the Western Region Recovery and Wellness Consortium, or WRRWC.

    Mon, 03/04/2013

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker presents hero award

    First Lady Tonette Walker visited Lake Geneva on Friday to present one of Walworth County’s most active fundraisers, Kevin Paluch, with the Wisconsin Heroes Award.

    Paluch is the Chief Operating Officer of Geneva National Golf Club and the founder of the Geneva National Foundation.

    Through the effort of the Geneva National Foundation, Paluch and dozens of other volunteers have donated over $1.55 million to Walworth County tragedies according to the foundation.

    Thu, 02/21/2013

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  • Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker proclaim 2013 as the Year of Well-Being

    Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker have declared 2013 to be the Year of Well-Being. The year will focus on four main areas of well-being: be active, be connected, be informed, and be part of your community, according to a Friday press release.

    “There are many ways people can improve their well-being,” said Tonette Walker. “Over the next year, we will focus on four areas: being active to encourage people to move whenever possible, being connected to engage with those around you, being informed to understand what is best for your own health, and being a part of your community to offer your time to better the place you live.”

    Mon, 02/18/2013

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  • St. Joe’s founder honored by Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker

    Most employees get a cake at their retirement party. Tom Schiltz, founder of the 30-year-old St. Joseph Food Program, received a surprise visit from the first lady of Wisconsin.

    Tonette Walker, wife of Gov. Scott Walker, presented Schiltz with a Wisconsin Heroes Award for his work providing free meals for Fox Cities families in need. The food pantry provides meals to roughly 1,000 families each week.

    “I was just in shock,” Schiltz said of the recognition. “I just couldn’t believe it. It’s just something I’ve been doing for 30 years.”

    Thu, 01/31/2013

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  • Faces of Freedom to salute Wisconsin veterans

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will host Faces of Freedom — A Year of the Veteran Celebration.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. It will include a reception hosted by the First Lady and a program saluting Wisconsin veterans, followed by live music and dancing, according to an event press release.

    “As you may know, my husband Scott designated 2012 the Year of the Veteran,” said Tonette Walker in a statement. “Throughout the year, he recognized, supported and honored veterans from all generations, and I am excited to announce that in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, I’ll be hosting Faces of Freedom as a way to wrap up and celebrate this special year.”

    Mon, 01/14/2013

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  • Tonette Walker: Governor eager to share success

    After the election in June, former first lady Nancy Reagan invited my husband to speak at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. She wanted Scott to share how Wisconsin is moving forward.

    So on Nov. 16, I was honored to join him at the library, where he told the audience about the success of Wisconsin’s economic, fiscal and governmental reforms. I, for one, was extremely proud of him and what he had to share in that speech.

    Mon, 12/03/2012

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  • Governor, wife cut local tree for Capitol

    Gov. Scott Walker visited Oconto last week to pick up a tree for his conference room at the State Capitol.

    Walker and his wife Tonette rode aboard a horse-drawn wagon deep into a field at Whispering Pines Tree Farm and were escorted to a 10-foot Fraser fir by Dave Vander Velden, who owns the farm with his wife, Mary.

    Vander Velden said they could choose another tree, but Walker thought it was "perfect."

    Thu, 11/29/2012

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  • Wisconsin Heroes Award - Dale Petkovsek of Willard

    Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker surprised Dale Petkovsek of Willard with the Wisconsin Heroes Award on Monday for his work organizing the West-Central Clark County Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities.

    Petkovsek, who became paralyzed in 1978 after being injured in an accident, first coordinated the hunt in 1999 to decrease the deer population near Willard and provide a deer camp experience for hunters with disabilities.

    Mon, 11/26/2012

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  • Governor’s mansion decorated for holidays

    The Governor's Executive Residence in Madison is all decked out for the holidays.

    Governor Walker and his wife Tonette hosted a holiday tour of the mansion for kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Madison.

    There are six decorated Christmas Trees for the public to see. There is one in the library called Ode to the Nutcracker.

    "This room is kind of special because you can see there is a lot of stuff from the Civil War here and so the nutcrackers, kind of soldiers, fit in very nicely," said Walker.

    Thu, 11/22/2012

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  • Tour of Wisconsin Governor's Mansion, decked out for the holidays

    On Thanksgiving Eve, it’s about that time of year for holiday cheer, and Wisconsin’s First Family is opening up the lavishly decorated Governor’s Mansion for public tours!

    First lady Tonette Walker partnered with groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Madison to create a Wisconsin winter wonderland inside the 16,000 square foot Governor’s Executive Residence.

    Wed, 11/21/2012

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