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  • De Pere Man Honored For Volunteer Work

    Green Bay -

     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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  • Oshkosh, USA: First lady Tonette Walker speaks to women of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

    “It’s important for us all to be respectful and to get to know each other and other people and other communities,” Walker said. “It’s humbling to be able to come into a community and listen to them.”


    Mon, 03/17/2014

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  • 'Walk With Walker' Kicks Off Today

    MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's First Lady Tonette Walker led a two-mile walk to kick off her health campaign, 'Walk with Walker' at the Pettit National Ice Center Monday morning.

    "We are so excited to get this going again," Walker said. "This is our 32nd walk so far since I've been first lady." 

    Mon, 03/17/2014

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  • Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker reads Horton Hears A Who 3/5/2014

    Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker, reads Horton Hears A Who, Wed. Mar. 5, 2014, to youngsters at the Boys and Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area as part of Read Across America Week.

    Wed, 03/05/2014

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker among crowd honoring teen speechwriters from the Boys and Girls Club

    "Bring your handkerchief," warned Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, on Tuesday before we entered the ballroom at the Madison Concourse Hotel, where five Boys and Girls Club participants from around the state would be giving speeches about what the youth organization has meant to them as part of the annual "Youth of the Year" competition.

    Out of a larger group of teens representing all 28 state chapters of the Boys and Girls Club, the five had been selected by a panel of judges as finalists for a $10,000 scholarship and a chance to compete in the regional competition for an additional $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the White House to meet the president.

    Tue, 03/04/2014

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