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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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  • First Lady Walker Visits Wisconsin Hero Barbara Knopf

    A surprise ceremony was held Wednesday morning at September Farms near La Valle. Surrounded by many supporting veterans, First Lady Tonette Walker presented Barb Knopf of La Valle with the “Wisconsin Heroes” award.

    Knopf manages the Luvs Morgan Horse Rescue along with the V.E.T.S – Veterans Equine Trail Service – program in La Valle. She cares for rescued horses along with veterans who need help adjusting to life.

    Fri, 02/28/2014

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker on Public Report Discussing Health and the Year of Well Being 12/12/13

    First Lady Tonette Walker spoke on Public Radio Discussing Health and Year of Well Being

    Mon, 02/10/2014

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  • New program provides children in foster homes access to medical care

    To appreciate the importance of a new medical program for children in foster care that was announced Wednesday at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, consider what happened to Bregetta Wilson.

    Wilson was 13 when she was placed in foster care. She would remain in foster care until she turned 18 and aged out of the system.

    During those five years, Wilson said, she never got a physical and never saw a dentist. She had to navigate, alone, her physical changes and the emotional upheaval of having been removed from her family.

    "I had no one to talk to," Wilson said.

    "Many children in foster care often lack basic health care or have experienced some level of trauma," said Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker, who was joined for the program's official rollout by Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades.

    "This program allows them to get the care they need," Walker said.

    Wed, 02/05/2014

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