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  • Wisconsin's First Lady Emerges From Shadows of Controversy

    Tonette Walker’s role as Wisconsin’s first lady has been slow to evolve, overshadowed by the controversy swirling around her husband’s tumultuous months since being sworn in as governor in January. But she emerged from Scott Walker’s shadow this month when she ventured onto the trails of a state park to launch her initiative promoting a healthy lifestyle and the Badger State’s natural beauty.

    Tonette and Scott Walker started their courtship in 1990  at a karoake night at a Milwaukee restaurant where he eventually proposed to her on a napkin.

    Dubbed “Walk with Walker,” the program is one of several on her agenda while living in the Governor’s Mansion, with others including social issues such as foster care awareness, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

    Mon, 06/13/2011

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  • State's first lady visits Bangor Elementary to push reading

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker, at left, poses with second- and third-graders at Bangor Elementary last week. Principal Lois Meinking, who is leaving her position at the school, is on the right.

    Tonette Walker, the state’s first lady, encouraged Bangor students to read over the summer so they could retain the skills they learned during the school year.

    Thu, 06/09/2011

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  • A Walk in the Park with Mrs. Walker

    About 30 people showed up to take the first nature trail walk with Mrs. Walker, including members of her staff, High Cliff State Park staff, Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett, State Parks Director Dan Schuller, several members of Friends of High Cliff and about an equal number of the public.

    Led by High Cliff's top ranger, park superintendent Carolyn Morgen, the group took a leisurely stroll of about 1.5 miles along the park's Forest Management Trail, which, as the name implies, takes hikers through a well-manicured managed forest, as well as through a lovely meadow.

    Wed, 06/08/2011

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  • Walker visits Viroqua to Promote Summer Reading

    Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker (right) helps Viroqua second grader Amanda Staege pick out a book at Viroqua Elementary School, Wednesday morning.

    Students who read during summer vacation will be better equipped to return to the classroom in the fall, Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker told Viroqua Elementary School students, Wednesday morning.

    Wed, 06/01/2011

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  • Eau Claire couple wins Governor’s Foster Care Award

    Mat and Trudie Brixen were honored with the 2011 Governor's Foster Care Award, which they received from First Lady Tonette Walker Tuesday. The Brixen’s have helped shelter teenagers for the last 11 years and help support their foster children after they grow up.

    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families says the event also highlighted the need for additional kind, responsible parents to step forward and care for foster children. It continues that in Wisconsin, there are more than 6,500 children living in out-of-home care, and there are approximately 4,000 foster homes.

    Tue, 05/24/2011

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  • Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay benefits from Packers fans' 'cheers'

    Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay play a parachute game Thursday at the Oneida Street location. The club received a $25,000 donation from Coca-Cola that resulted from a Super Bowl promotion.

    Gov. Scott Walker and first lady Tonette Walker visited the west-side Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay on Thursday to help the kids celebrate a $25,000 donation to the club from The Coca-Cola Co.

    Fri, 04/08/2011

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  • Tonette Walker asks Wisconsinites to donate to Japanese relief effort

    Gov. Scott Walker's wife, Tonette, is asking state residents to donate to a new relief effort for Japan. She spoke exclusive with FOX6's Myra Sanchick on Thursday.

    Tonette Walker says the Wisconsin-Chiba Japan Relief Project will help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan on March 11. She is the honorary chair of the relief efforts and asked residents to show solidarity with Japan by donating to the project.

    "I think for everyone it’s kind of one of those moments we remember. When you see the pictures and the devastation, just wanting to reach out and help them and to know how to do that. I think it was just the right thing to do," said Mrs. Walker.

    Thu, 03/31/2011

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  • State announces Japan relief project

    Wisconsin will partner with its sister-state, Chiba, Japan, to raise money for Japanese relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.

    The Wisconsin-Chiba Japan Relief Project will be chaired by First Lady Tonette Walker.

    "The recent devastation of the earthquake and related tsunami has been deeply painful to observe," Walker said.

    Thu, 03/31/2011

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