In the News

  • 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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  • 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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