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Onalaska, WI (WXOW) -

Tourism and a bit of exercise were part of the visit Wednesday by Wisconsin's First Lady Tonette Walker.

She visited Onalaska Wednesday as part of of several stops at trails, parks, and landscapes throughout the state of Wisconsin. The first lady took a walk down the Great River Trail with members of the Onalaska community. 

The Great River State Trail is 24 miles along the Great River Road and Mississippi River. The trail passes along 18 different waterways.

Walk with Walker is promoting health and fitness while also recognizing some of the lesser known tourism sites in the state. Six locations are selected each year for the first lady to tour.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said the La Crosse area has seen a spike in tourism in recent years. 

"This area is huge for tourism," said Secretary Klett. "The Great River Road, the beautiful Mississippi River, the incredible restaurants. You can't go wrong. We're excited because in the last couple years tourism has just skyrocketed. La Crosse County was up 5% from 2013-2014." 

Mrs. Walker said she enjoyed her visit to Onalaska. "It's so beautiful and it gives me an opportunity to get out and talk to people across the state, hear from them, what they are concerned about and what they love about our state."

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