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  • First Lady Tonette Walker launches Wisconsin Heroes Awards

    Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, presented the first in a monthly series of awards recently, designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin citizens to make the state a better place.

    “Throughout the state, countless individuals are eager to go the extra mile, take a stand for causes in which they believe, and use their time, effort and ideas to make Wisconsin a better place,” said Mrs. Walker. “They don’t volunteer for the praise, but I want to recognize them as a way to say thank you for their selfless and generous acts.”

    Sun, 01/29/2012

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  • Hughes named first recipient of Wisconsin Heroes Award

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker recognized Linda Hughes as the first recipient of the Wisconsin Heroes Award on Monday, during a ceremony held at Rascals and Rockers, a dayschool Hughes runs in her home.

    Walker began the award program to recognize "ordinary people doing extraordinary things" to help make Wisconsin a better place, and selected Hughes for her work in helping make ornaments that adorned the 2011 Tribute to the Troops tree at the executive residence, and for the mailing program Hughes runs that sends care packages to military personnel.

    "It's truly an inspiring story and really what Wisconsin is all about," Walker said.

    Tue, 01/24/2012

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  • Holiday cheer at Governor's Mansion, Executive Residence decorated for holiday season

    The Governor's Mansion sits on the shores of Lake Mendota in Maple Bluff, just outside of our state's capitol.

    There is more than 16,000 square feet of living space.

    Fri, 12/16/2011

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  • Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker visits The Highground

    NEILLSVILLE -- Getting a breath of fresh air, staying healthy and taking in some of Wisconsin's most scenic views are the goals behind Wisconsin's first lady Tonette Walker's Walk with Walker initiative.

    Gov. Scott Walker's wife joined about 35 people Monday west of Neillsville at The Highground to promote Walk with Walker and learn more about the veterans memorial park.

    "This is a nature walk to get out and see Wisconsin," said Walker, who has been to The Highground before with her husband. "We've been all over Wisconsin, up to Chippewa Falls and Eagle River."

    Tue, 11/08/2011

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  • Governor, First Lady to co-Chair Teen Challenge Event in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his wife Tonette were to serve as honorary chairs of the Teen Challenge Wisconsin banquet.

    Organizers scheduled the banquet for Friday night at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee.

    Teen Challenge Wisconsin is a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program.

    It is one of the first lady's initiatives, and she works to raise awareness for the group.

    Fri, 10/21/2011

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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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