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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Photos of the Week (12/25/11)

Photos of the Week


1) Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division rejoice in the convoy staging area before departing Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, Dec. 17, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Photo: Mario Tama / Pool via EPA


2) Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division hug while preparing to depart in the last convoy from Iraq at Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, near Nasiriyah, Iraq, Dec. 17. The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending their withdrawal after nearly nine years of war and military intervention that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. Photo: Pool via Reuters


3) Army Spc. Hunter LeVine, a 2007 graduate from College Park High School who lost both eyes and suffered major facial injuries from an EFP that hit his Humvee in Iraq, arrives to applause as he approaches his new home in The Woodlands, Texas, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. LeVine is a new homeowner with the help of HelpingaHero.org. He received the keys to his new home from baseball great Roger Clemens and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady. Photo: Eric Kayne / Houston Chronicle via AP


4) Four-year-old Aden Kahl of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, touches names on the wall as he visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) honored veterans and active-duty military personnel during its annual Christmas tree ceremony by placing the tree, decorated with homemade holiday greeting cards and ornaments sent by Americans, near the wall of the memorial. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


5) Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.  Photo: Brian J. Clark / Virginian Pilot via AP


6) A tearful announcer dressed in black announces the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong il on North Korean State Television on Dec. 19, 2011. North Korean leader Kim Jong il died on a train trip, state television reported on Monday, sparking immediate concern over who is in control of the reclusive state and its nuclear program. The announcer said the 69-year old had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work on his way to give "field guidance". Photo: KRT / Reuters


7) A man reacts to a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as he reads the reports of his death on the newspaper company's display board in Seoul December 19, 2011. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)


8) Unidentified typhoon victims, inside coffins and body bags, lie near a road awaiting identification by their relatives near Iligan city on Dec. 20, 2011. Photo: Erik De Castro / Reuters


9) A boy shovels mud as he cleans his house swamped with mud from flash floods in Iligan city, southern Philippines Dec. 21. Residents of two southern Philippine cities battered by a storm that left over 1,000 people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands started the hard work of reclaiming their lives as authorities buried dozens of bodies in concrete vaults on Wednesday. Photo: Erik De Castro / Reuters


10) A surveillance photo provided by the New York Police Department shows a man charged with homicide and arson, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A woman burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building Saturday afternoon after Jerome Isaac, of Brooklyn, ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her afire with a Molotov cocktail, police said. Photo: NYPD via AP


11) People try to help the victim of a fatal shooting at the Capital Area Transportation Authority facility in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Police say it's not clear what sparked the shooting. A suspect was being sought.(AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)


12) A combo of still images taken from handout CCTV footage from Barnsley railway station released by the British Transport Police on Dec. 22, 2011 shows a woman stumbling backwards as she alights from a train, reaching out to support herself on the side of the carriage and falling into the gap between the train and the platform. The woman, who had been drinking, fell right under the train and was recovered from the tracks and taken to a hospital suffering from cuts and bruises. Photos: British Transport Police via AFP - Getty Images


13) Shelby Police talk to a witness after Police say a juvenile backed a car up a utility pole support wire Tuesday evening in Shelby, N.C., on Dec. 13. Photo: Ben Earp / The Star via AP


14) Officers with Norfolk Police Division look over the scene where an SUV crashed into the boyhood home of Johnny Carson in Norfolk, Neb., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Photo: Jake Wragge / AP


15) Personnel from the Health Department check the condition of ice cream that spilled on Interstate 69, Dec. 23, 2011, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Police said 40,000 pounds of ice cream spilled from a semitrailer closing two lanes of I-69 at the start of the holiday weekend. Photo:Michelle Davies / The Journal-Gazette via AP


16) Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth unveils his statue of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs during a ceremony in a private business park in Budapest, Dec. 21.  Photo: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters


17) Indian villagers chase a wild elephant through Dhimalbasty village area, some 40 kms from Siliguri on December 21. A wild elephant created panic as it destroyed homes after it wandered into the village. Asian elephants are listed as endangered - as the human population increases, the elephants' natural habitat is destroyed and they are forced to live in the farming areas where they cause damage to crops. Photo: Diptendu Dutta / AFP - Getty Images


18) A taxidermist removes the horn off of stuffed rhinoceros at the Natural History Museum of Berne(NMBE) on December 20. Upset by the growing theft in the European museums, the Natural History Museum of Berne has decided to remove the horns of their six stuffed rhinoceros and replace them with wooden dummy horns. Photo: Lisa Schaeublin / Natural History Museum of Berne via AFP-Getty Images


19) Shikhei Goh of Indonesia is the winner of the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. "This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn't actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers.Location: Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia." Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh


20) Triston Katic, 12, of Houston, spends some time with a kitten in its cage during the SPCA's winter 'Critter Camp', Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Houston. The camp gives kids hands-on time with shelter dogs, cats and farm animals. Kids get a chance to learn fun and new facts about the animals and do animal-themed crafts, activities and games. Photo: Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle via AP


21) Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The zoo announced a $4.5 million gift Monday to fund its giant panda reproduction program for five more years. Donator and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who is also co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, said in a news conference, "There are probably 10 million species on the face of the earth, and I doubt that any one of those species is more popular and more beloved than the giant panda." "Hopefully this will result in more pandas being born here," he said. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


22) In this photo taken Dec. 8. 2011, the polar bear cub Siku is seen at Skandinavisk Dyrepark in Djursland, Denmark. A Danish zoo says a month-old polar bear cub has been taken into care since its mother failed to produce enough milk to feed him. Scandinavian Wildlife Park manager Frank Vigh-Larsen says Siku, now weighing 112 ounces (3,200 grams)_ against 49 ounces (1,800 grams) at birth _ was doing "really fine." (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Skandinavisk Dyrepark). One more picture.   Photo: Skandinavisk Dyrepark / AP


23) A seal plays with a new toy it found amongst treats left around a make shift snowman, center back, during festive celebrations at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)


24) AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado, right, defends himself against an attacker who rushed from the stands during a cup match against Ajax in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Dec. 21, 2011.  Photo: Stanley Gontha / AP.  Here Alvarado kicks the man. Photo: Olaf Kraak / EPA. Referee Bas Nijhuis gave a red card to Alvarado. The match was abandoned when the AZ players walked off the pitch.


25) The Stadium lights go out in the second quarter during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on Monday night. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images


26) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is tackled by a group of Kansas City Chiefs defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 19-14, handing the Packers their first loss of the season. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


27) Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is hit by New England Patriots free safety Matthew Slater (18) on his way to a touchdown in the first quarter of their game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez). New England won, 41-23.


28) Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson (89) flips over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Dec. 24, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photos: Darron Cummings / AP


29) Germantown's Zak Showalter hangs from the rim after dunking in front of Menomonee Falls' CJ Malone during the first half at Homestead High School. Photo: Peter Zuzga


30) A Chinese man diving into the Jingpo lake from a frozen waterfall on Mudanjiang, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The winter swimming is especially popular amongst the elderly and retired as it's believed to improve circulation and benefit health. Photo: AFP - Getty Images


31) Christmas miracle? Aizee Tumanda, a five day old infant,  was born on the roof of a health clinic that was submerged by floodwaters, in Cagayan de Oro, southern Mindanao, Philippines, on Dec. 22, 2011. Photo: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA


32) Newborn Kendall Paciorek gets special attention from her sister Madison and her mom Michelle Wakley on her first full day home from the hospital in Fishers, Indiana.  Kendall was born three months prematurely when her mother contracted listeria after eating contaminated cantaloupe. With help from Madison, Dave Paciorek feeds his daughter Kendall via a gastrointestinal tube with help from his 4-year-old daughter Madison. Photos: Jonathan Adams for msnbc.com


33) Harris County inmate Brandi Vela cries as she hugs her daughter, Jazmine Vela, 10, after arriving for Christmas event for 15 female inmates in the Harris County Sheriff's Office Reentry Services Program to spend time with their children, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Houston. The inmates had presents donated by Navidad en el Barrio to give their children. The women are minimum risk inmates who have had good relationships with their children. The female inmates are also working with Reentry Services in setting goals for a successful transition back into the community in efforts to reduce recidivism. Children accompanied by adults can visit inmates during routine visitation days but without physical contact. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)


34) Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew, second from right, is assisted by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, second from left, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, right, as they light the National Hanukkah Menorah during a ceremony on The Ellipse in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 marking the first night of Hanukkah. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP


35) Laser beams that create the image of a large Hanukkah menorah are projected on the Hiriya landfill, a former waste disposal site, now called the Ariel Sharon Park, near Tel Aviv, Israel, on the second eve of Hanukkah, Dec. 21, 2011. The Jewish festival of light, an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, started Tuesday.  Photo: Ariel Schalit / AP


36) The facade of St Mary's Cathedral is lit up during the Lights of Christmas celebration on December 18, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Mark Kolbe - Getty Images


37) In this photo made using a long exposure and zooming the lens, hundreds of lights illuminate the home of Norm and Michele Rados in Olmsted Township, Ohio on Dec. 23. Rados said it takes four to five weekends of work to finish his annual holiday display leading up to the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Photo:Mark Duncan / AP


38) Leo Park, 6, watches as a man dressed as Santa Claus is lifted by crane towards the world's first Santa-friendly chimney in Somerford Keynes, southern England, on Monday, Dec. 19. The development of the chimney, which is undergoing practical tests, was inspired by Leo Park after he told his mother, Jade, that the chimney in the house they were having built was too small to accommodate Santa Claus. Photo: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters


39) Participants to the 73rd edition of the annual Christmas swimming prepare to jump into the lake of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. More than one thousand men and women swam the 125-meters at the traditional Christmas swimming in Geneva where the water temperature was about 5.2 degrees C (41.36 degrees F). (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)


40) A police officer takes a picture of his partner as snow covers Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Dec. 23. Snow and sub zero temperatures are a rarity in this area. Photo:Jesus Alcazar / AFP - Getty Images


41) A monkey pod tree in Hilo, Hawaii, frames a snow capped Mauna Kea mountain, like a Christmas wreath on Saturday Dec. 24, 2011, bringing a white Christmas to the Big Island. After a dusting of snow overnight, officials at the University of Hawaii's Mauna Kea Weather Center reported areas of patchy snow on the upper elevations of Mauna Kea. Photo: Tim Wright / AP


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From The Looking Spoon.

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