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  • Another honor for Schara: Now she’s officially a hero

    In the last two years, Reedsburg Area High School senior Jordyn Schara has been inundated with press coverage after being widely known as the teenager who initiated a program that puts prescription drug drop-off receptacles in public places.

    But none of that was as shocking as when Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker waltzed into Schara’s classroom Wednesday around noon with an entourage of local media, school officials and her mother.

    Thu, 09/20/2012

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  • Back to School

    Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker deliver back to school message for 2012-13 school year.

    Sun, 09/09/2012

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  • A Janesville man is officially a hero

    Rock County Deputy Chief Coroner, Louis Smith, was recognized Monday with a Wisconsin Heroes Award, by Wisconsin’s First Lady, Tonette Walker.

    Smith Says he was surprised with the recognition. “Well, it’s quite an honor and unexpected. I didn’t have any idea this was happening or that there was even such an award to get.  This is something we were trying to do to make the office more interactive with the community.”

    Smith’s work with suicide prevention programs in the county garnered him the award. He said the programs could be helping drive down the suicides in the area.

    Tue, 07/31/2012

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  • State to create coordinated care program for foster children

    The Department of Health Services has received federal approval to create a foster care "medical home" program in southeastern Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday.

    The program, scheduled to begin this fall, is designed to break down the barriers that too often delay, sometimes even prevent, important medical information from being shared when a child who has suffered abuse or neglect is removed from his or her home and placed in protective services, said Fredi-Ellen Bove, administrator of the Division of Safety and Permanence for the Department of Children and Families.

    Mon, 07/30/2012

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  • Walk With Walker: Wisconsin's First Lady visits Door County

    The First Lady of Wisconsin recently hiked to the top of the state's tallest sand dune, which just happens to be in Door County.

    On July 18, Tonette Walker visited Whitefish Dunes State Park as part of her Walk With Walker initiative, which promotes exploration of Wisconsin's parks, trails, and landscapes.

    State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Gov. Scott Walker joined Mrs. Walker for the trip up "Old Baldy." A number of community representatives, including Linda Wait, Town Clerk for Sevastopol, and Jack Moneypenny and Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitor Bureau, were in attendance as well.

    Fri, 07/20/2012

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  • Walkers relax as political whirlwind settle

    On the night of his greatest political triumph, as he bounded up to the podium at the Waukesha County Exposition Center, Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of all the noise from thousands of his supporters, and all the lights of television crews drawn to a riveting political story.

    Later, a friend asked Walker what he thought of it all, and the governor said, "It's funny, it's not what you think."

    "I just honed in on the three of them," Walker said of his wife, Tonette, and sons Matt and Alex. "And I thought, 'Thank God, thank God, it's over for them.' The three of them had just gone through so much and they didn't ask for it. They didn't ask for the job. I did."

    Sat, 06/09/2012

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  • Fay-Steinhardt honored for work to help cancer patients meet expenses

    Meg Fay-Steinhardt didn’t do it alone.

    In 2003, she and three others started Ribbon of Hope Foundation, which helps people diagnosed with breast cancer pay for medical and living expenses. The nonprofit, fully staffed by volunteers, has now given more than $1 million to those in need. On Thursday, Fay-Steinhardt, a breast cancer survivor, was given the Wisconsin Heroes Award, which honors people in the state who are committed to helping others.

    "One person does not achieve this," Fay-Steinhardt, Ribbon of Hope president, said in tears after receiving the award from Tonette Walker, wife of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The presentation was held at the U.S. Bank office in downtown Green Bay.

    Thu, 05/31/2012

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  • Walk with Walker - La Crosse River State Trail

    Wisconsin's First Lady laced up her walking shoes for a tour of the La Crosse River State Trail Wednesday. [video]

    Wed, 05/30/2012

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  • Foster family recognized for work

    Mother’s Day was longer than expected for Tammy Johnson this year.

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and state Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson recognized Tammy Johnson and her husband, Bill, for their commitment to foster children in Sauk County by honoring the Baraboo couple with the 2012 Governor’s Foster Care Award.

    Thu, 05/17/2012

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  • Sheboygan couple honored for commitment to foster parenting

    Sheboygan foster parents Marcella and Carl BlomWillis were honored with the 2012 Governor's Foster Care Award on Monday, May 14.

    The couple was recognized by First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson for their commitment to foster children in Sheboygan County.

    "Having a place to call home is so important to a child's well-being," Walker said. "Foster Care Month gives us a great opportunity to thank and celebrate those who open their homes to ensure every child has a stable, loving environment. These foster parents are some of Wisconsin's most important heroes, and they are so deserving of this recognition."

    Wed, 05/16/2012

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