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  • Tonette Walker: Governor eager to share success

    After the election in June, former first lady Nancy Reagan invited my husband to speak at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. She wanted Scott to share how Wisconsin is moving forward.

    So on Nov. 16, I was honored to join him at the library, where he told the audience about the success of Wisconsin’s economic, fiscal and governmental reforms. I, for one, was extremely proud of him and what he had to share in that speech.

    Mon, 12/03/2012

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  • Governor, wife cut local tree for Capitol

    Gov. Scott Walker visited Oconto last week to pick up a tree for his conference room at the State Capitol.

    Walker and his wife Tonette rode aboard a horse-drawn wagon deep into a field at Whispering Pines Tree Farm and were escorted to a 10-foot Fraser fir by Dave Vander Velden, who owns the farm with his wife, Mary.

    Vander Velden said they could choose another tree, but Walker thought it was "perfect."

    Thu, 11/29/2012

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  • Wisconsin Heroes Award - Dale Petkovsek of Willard

    Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker surprised Dale Petkovsek of Willard with the Wisconsin Heroes Award on Monday for his work organizing the West-Central Clark County Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities.

    Petkovsek, who became paralyzed in 1978 after being injured in an accident, first coordinated the hunt in 1999 to decrease the deer population near Willard and provide a deer camp experience for hunters with disabilities.

    Mon, 11/26/2012

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  • Governor’s mansion decorated for holidays

    The Governor's Executive Residence in Madison is all decked out for the holidays.

    Governor Walker and his wife Tonette hosted a holiday tour of the mansion for kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Madison.

    There are six decorated Christmas Trees for the public to see. There is one in the library called Ode to the Nutcracker.

    "This room is kind of special because you can see there is a lot of stuff from the Civil War here and so the nutcrackers, kind of soldiers, fit in very nicely," said Walker.

    Thu, 11/22/2012

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  • Tour of Wisconsin Governor's Mansion, decked out for the holidays

    On Thanksgiving Eve, it’s about that time of year for holiday cheer, and Wisconsin’s First Family is opening up the lavishly decorated Governor’s Mansion for public tours!

    First lady Tonette Walker partnered with groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Madison to create a Wisconsin winter wonderland inside the 16,000 square foot Governor’s Executive Residence.

    Wed, 11/21/2012

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker to lead Arboretum walk

    Tonette Walker, Wisconsin’s first lady, will hike around the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Tuesday as part of her Walk with Walker series of events.

    Walker has visited areas such as Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, High Cliff State Park and Three Eagle Trail in Eagle River to introduce people to hiking trails and scenic landscapes around the state while promoting the health benefits of walking.

    Mon, 10/15/2012

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  • Breast Cancer Screening's Urged

    MADISON —  While the number of breast cancer deaths in Wisconsin continues to show a small decline, state health officials and Wisconsin’s First Lady are encouraging women to get screened, noting that many women are still not regularly examined for breast cancer.

    “In Wisconsin, scientists, doctors, and medical care staff are making promising strides in the research, detection, and treatment of cancer,” said First Lady Tonette Walker. “Because we know that early detection is so important to overcoming breast cancer, everyone should do a self-exam at least once a month, and see their doctor right away if they have any concerns at all.”

    Mon, 10/15/2012

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  • Push begins for Boys & Girls Club in Walworth County

    DELAVAN — Promoters say Walworth County needs a Boys & Girls Club, particularly in Delavan, where nearly two-thirds of school-age children are economically disadvantaged.

    So far, organizers have raised about $50,000 of the $200,000 needed to start a club.

    Judy Mueller, chairwoman of the club's local advisory council, said the Boys & Girls Club of America requires clubs to raise 150 percent of their first year's operating budget before they can open.

    Fri, 10/12/2012

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Says Prevention is Key to Fighting Breast Cancer

    The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on and

    This week, Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker delivered the following radio address titled Combating Breast Cancer.

    Thu, 10/11/2012

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  • First Lady in Florence

    COMMONWEALTH, Wis. - Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker was in Florence County on Friday as part of her "Walk with Walker" initiative to promote fitness and Wisconsin tourism.  About 25 local residents joined her for a two-mile walk at the LaSalle Falls trail in Commonwealth. LaSalle Falls is a 20-foot waterfall on the Pine River.

    Walker said that the idea for "Walk with Walker" started when her husband, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, was the Milwaukee County Executive.  "He used to walk with his employees during their lunch break and we were interested in keeping it going," she explained.

    Sat, 09/29/2012

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