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  • Walkers enjoy one of area’s best trails with First Lady Walker

    First Lady Tonette Walker, in red, walks with a crowd of area citizens at the Old Abe Trail on Friday morning in Chippewa Falls. Walker visits various scenic areas in Wisconsin and then blogs about the experiences at

    Eighteen eager walkers joined Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker out on the Old Abe Trail for a two-mile walk Friday morning.

    Sat, 10/15/2011

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  • Wisconsin donor registry reaches 1,000,000 people

    Wisconsin’s official registry for organ donors has reached a big milestone. One million people have registered online with Donate Life Wisconsin. The state’s First Lady, Tonette Walker, announced the achievement at a news conference in Milwaukee this morning. The registry began more than a year-and-a-half ago. It provides a clear record of people’s intentions to donate organs, tissues, and eyes for transplants. For years, potential organ donors have placed orange dots on their drivers’ licenses. It shows their intent to medical personnel and authorities investigating things like fatal accidents. But those symbols were not official or binding, like the registry is.

    Thu, 10/13/2011

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  • Wisconsin's First Lady Visits Northwoods To Promote Summer Reading

    MINOCQUA - Wisconsin's First Lady is in the Northwoods promoting summer reading for children.

    Tonette Walker talked to a group of children at the Minocqua Public Library about the importance of reading.

    "The whole positive part is that the child is so eager to read," Walker says. "You can see that. They all have their hands up when you ask them if they read or like to read. It's something they know they need to do, and they're excited about, and they have fun with."

    Tue, 08/09/2011

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  • Home of Hope visit

    Tonette Walker, right, wife of Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin women’s center associate director Judy Dooley tour Home of Hope Wednesday in Casa Grande. Walker, who is very involved with Teen Challenge in Wisconsin, hopes her visit to HOH will spark a vision to start a Teen Challenge drug treatment center for women with children in her state.

    Fri, 08/05/2011

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  • Walk with Walker Campaign

    Wisconsin's first lady, Tonette Walker, took to the trails in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest today, to promote tourism in Wisconsin...on her Walk with Walker campaign.

    Everyone from boy scouts to business people joined Wisconsin's first lady, Tonette Walker, on the two-mile walk on Forest Lodge Nature Trail for the first lady's Walk with Walker campaign.

    "Anytime we can get people out and about and see the beautiful state and then share that with other people, it's gotta be great for tourism," Walker says.
    Walker was joined by the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Stephanie Klett, in order to promote lesser known sites across the state while also promoting health and fitness and tourism, a multi-billion dollar industry.

    Wed, 07/27/2011

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  • Wisconsin's First Lady Emerges From Shadows of Controversy

    Tonette Walker’s role as Wisconsin’s first lady has been slow to evolve, overshadowed by the controversy swirling around her husband’s tumultuous months since being sworn in as governor in January. But she emerged from Scott Walker’s shadow this month when she ventured onto the trails of a state park to launch her initiative promoting a healthy lifestyle and the Badger State’s natural beauty.

    Tonette and Scott Walker started their courtship in 1990  at a karoake night at a Milwaukee restaurant where he eventually proposed to her on a napkin.

    Dubbed “Walk with Walker,” the program is one of several on her agenda while living in the Governor’s Mansion, with others including social issues such as foster care awareness, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

    Mon, 06/13/2011

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  • State's first lady visits Bangor Elementary to push reading

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker, at left, poses with second- and third-graders at Bangor Elementary last week. Principal Lois Meinking, who is leaving her position at the school, is on the right.

    Tonette Walker, the state’s first lady, encouraged Bangor students to read over the summer so they could retain the skills they learned during the school year.

    Thu, 06/09/2011

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  • A Walk in the Park with Mrs. Walker

    About 30 people showed up to take the first nature trail walk with Mrs. Walker, including members of her staff, High Cliff State Park staff, Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett, State Parks Director Dan Schuller, several members of Friends of High Cliff and about an equal number of the public.

    Led by High Cliff's top ranger, park superintendent Carolyn Morgen, the group took a leisurely stroll of about 1.5 miles along the park's Forest Management Trail, which, as the name implies, takes hikers through a well-manicured managed forest, as well as through a lovely meadow.

    Wed, 06/08/2011

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  • Walker visits Viroqua to Promote Summer Reading

    Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker (right) helps Viroqua second grader Amanda Staege pick out a book at Viroqua Elementary School, Wednesday morning.

    Students who read during summer vacation will be better equipped to return to the classroom in the fall, Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker told Viroqua Elementary School students, Wednesday morning.

    Wed, 06/01/2011

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  • Eau Claire couple wins Governor’s Foster Care Award

    Mat and Trudie Brixen were honored with the 2011 Governor's Foster Care Award, which they received from First Lady Tonette Walker Tuesday. The Brixen’s have helped shelter teenagers for the last 11 years and help support their foster children after they grow up.

    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families says the event also highlighted the need for additional kind, responsible parents to step forward and care for foster children. It continues that in Wisconsin, there are more than 6,500 children living in out-of-home care, and there are approximately 4,000 foster homes.

    Tue, 05/24/2011

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