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  • Walkers relax as political whirlwind settle

    On the night of his greatest political triumph, as he bounded up to the podium at the Waukesha County Exposition Center, Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of all the noise from thousands of his supporters, and all the lights of television crews drawn to a riveting political story.

    Later, a friend asked Walker what he thought of it all, and the governor said, "It's funny, it's not what you think."

    "I just honed in on the three of them," Walker said of his wife, Tonette, and sons Matt and Alex. "And I thought, 'Thank God, thank God, it's over for them.' The three of them had just gone through so much and they didn't ask for it. They didn't ask for the job. I did."

    Sat, 06/09/2012

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  • Fay-Steinhardt honored for work to help cancer patients meet expenses

    Meg Fay-Steinhardt didn’t do it alone.

    In 2003, she and three others started Ribbon of Hope Foundation, which helps people diagnosed with breast cancer pay for medical and living expenses. The nonprofit, fully staffed by volunteers, has now given more than $1 million to those in need. On Thursday, Fay-Steinhardt, a breast cancer survivor, was given the Wisconsin Heroes Award, which honors people in the state who are committed to helping others.

    "One person does not achieve this," Fay-Steinhardt, Ribbon of Hope president, said in tears after receiving the award from Tonette Walker, wife of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The presentation was held at the U.S. Bank office in downtown Green Bay.

    Thu, 05/31/2012

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  • Walk with Walker - La Crosse River State Trail

    Wisconsin's First Lady laced up her walking shoes for a tour of the La Crosse River State Trail Wednesday. [video]

    Wed, 05/30/2012

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  • Foster family recognized for work

    Mother’s Day was longer than expected for Tammy Johnson this year.

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and state Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson recognized Tammy Johnson and her husband, Bill, for their commitment to foster children in Sauk County by honoring the Baraboo couple with the 2012 Governor’s Foster Care Award.

    Thu, 05/17/2012

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  • Sheboygan couple honored for commitment to foster parenting

    Sheboygan foster parents Marcella and Carl BlomWillis were honored with the 2012 Governor's Foster Care Award on Monday, May 14.

    The couple was recognized by First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson for their commitment to foster children in Sheboygan County.

    "Having a place to call home is so important to a child's well-being," Walker said. "Foster Care Month gives us a great opportunity to thank and celebrate those who open their homes to ensure every child has a stable, loving environment. These foster parents are some of Wisconsin's most important heroes, and they are so deserving of this recognition."

    Wed, 05/16/2012

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  • First Lady Walker touts listening sessions for trauma-informed care

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker is trying to raise awareness and end the cycle of harm for children in Wisconsin through listening sessions.

    First Lady Walker told Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure on Newsradio 620 WTMJ that the listening sessions, part of trauma-informed care, are meant to shift the way people handle traumatic stress in kids.

    Tue, 04/24/2012

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  • First lady launches statewide tour on trauma care

    Wisconsin's first lady helped launch a statewide tour Thursday, focused on a new way to get state help to children and families who've had a traumatic experience in their lives.

    Tonette Walker participated in the first of six listening sessions she hopes will help the state learn how to better recognize, understand and address problems created by traumatic stress.

    Thu, 04/19/2012

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  • Wisconsin's First Lady Holding 'Walk With Walker' at Minooka Park

    Two-mile walk at Waukesha park begins at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30.

    Governor Scott Walker and his wife Tonette were at the game to watch their sons Matt and Alex play for Tosa East.

    Thu, 03/29/2012

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  • Wisconsin’s first lady surprises 'Dr. Bob'

    First lady of the state Tonette Walker presented a Wisconsin Heroes award to well-known River Falls doctor Bob Johnson at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, as his wife, Mary Conroy-Johnson, and a crowd of his co-workers from the River Falls Medical Clinic and the adjoining hospital, looked on with smiles and hearty applause.

    Asked if he had been surprised by the award, Johnson said with a grin, “Oh yes.”

    Mon, 03/26/2012

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  • Verona student gets surprise honor for food drive

    Noelle Henneman, a senior at Verona Area High School, was surprised last Thursday by Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonnette Walker, who presented Henneman with a “Wisconsin Heroes” award.

    The award, presented by Walker to a different person around the state each month, recognized Henneman’s work as a director of the annual food drive last semester at the high school that raised roughly 35,000 pounds of food for the Verona Area Food Pantry.

    Sun, 03/11/2012

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