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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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  • First Lady Tonette Walker launches Wisconsin Heroes Awards

    Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, presented the first in a monthly series of awards recently, designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin citizens to make the state a better place.

    “Throughout the state, countless individuals are eager to go the extra mile, take a stand for causes in which they believe, and use their time, effort and ideas to make Wisconsin a better place,” said Mrs. Walker. “They don’t volunteer for the praise, but I want to recognize them as a way to say thank you for their selfless and generous acts.”

    Sun, 01/29/2012

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  • Hughes named first recipient of Wisconsin Heroes Award

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker recognized Linda Hughes as the first recipient of the Wisconsin Heroes Award on Monday, during a ceremony held at Rascals and Rockers, a dayschool Hughes runs in her home.

    Walker began the award program to recognize "ordinary people doing extraordinary things" to help make Wisconsin a better place, and selected Hughes for her work in helping make ornaments that adorned the 2011 Tribute to the Troops tree at the executive residence, and for the mailing program Hughes runs that sends care packages to military personnel.

    "It's truly an inspiring story and really what Wisconsin is all about," Walker said.

    Tue, 01/24/2012

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  • Holiday cheer at Governor's Mansion, Executive Residence decorated for holiday season

    The Governor's Mansion sits on the shores of Lake Mendota in Maple Bluff, just outside of our state's capitol.

    There is more than 16,000 square feet of living space.

    Fri, 12/16/2011

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  • Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker visits The Highground

    NEILLSVILLE -- Getting a breath of fresh air, staying healthy and taking in some of Wisconsin's most scenic views are the goals behind Wisconsin's first lady Tonette Walker's Walk with Walker initiative.

    Gov. Scott Walker's wife joined about 35 people Monday west of Neillsville at The Highground to promote Walk with Walker and learn more about the veterans memorial park.

    "This is a nature walk to get out and see Wisconsin," said Walker, who has been to The Highground before with her husband. "We've been all over Wisconsin, up to Chippewa Falls and Eagle River."

    Tue, 11/08/2011

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  • Governor, First Lady to co-Chair Teen Challenge Event in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his wife Tonette were to serve as honorary chairs of the Teen Challenge Wisconsin banquet.

    Organizers scheduled the banquet for Friday night at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee.

    Teen Challenge Wisconsin is a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program.

    It is one of the first lady's initiatives, and she works to raise awareness for the group.

    Fri, 10/21/2011

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  • Walkers enjoy one of area’s best trails with First Lady Walker

    First Lady Tonette Walker, in red, walks with a crowd of area citizens at the Old Abe Trail on Friday morning in Chippewa Falls. Walker visits various scenic areas in Wisconsin and then blogs about the experiences at

    Eighteen eager walkers joined Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker out on the Old Abe Trail for a two-mile walk Friday morning.

    Sat, 10/15/2011

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  • Wisconsin donor registry reaches 1,000,000 people

    Wisconsin’s official registry for organ donors has reached a big milestone. One million people have registered online with Donate Life Wisconsin. The state’s First Lady, Tonette Walker, announced the achievement at a news conference in Milwaukee this morning. The registry began more than a year-and-a-half ago. It provides a clear record of people’s intentions to donate organs, tissues, and eyes for transplants. For years, potential organ donors have placed orange dots on their drivers’ licenses. It shows their intent to medical personnel and authorities investigating things like fatal accidents. But those symbols were not official or binding, like the registry is.

    Thu, 10/13/2011

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