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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 (12/19/10)

Photos of the Week




US President Barack Obama (3rd-L) flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and members of Congress including Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mc Connell, signs the middle-class tax cut bill in the South Court Auditorium December 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. The measure would extend tax cuts for families at every income level, renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and enact a new one-year cut in Social Security taxes that would benefit nearly every worker who earns a wage. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)



 

Leslie Perez, 22, left, and Grecia Mondragon, 19, react as the Dream Act fails to move forward in the Senate as they watch televised coverage at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. Both are undocumented students at UCLA. Immigrant advocates viewed the measure as a step toward providing a path to legal status for up to 12 million illegal immigrants by focusing on the most sympathetic among them first. Critics called it a back-door grant of amnesty that would encourage more illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)






President Barack Obama (C) offers his hand to members of Congress after signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 with first lady Michelle Obama (R) and 3rd-grader Luis Avilar-Rurcios (2nd R) at Harriet Tubman Elementary School December 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. In an effort to provide children with better school lunches and breakfasts, the new law puts $4.5 million in the hands of child nutrition programs, sets nutrition standards on school vending machines, helps create school gardens and makes sure that quality drinking water is available during meal times. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


 



In this Dec. 11, 2010 photo, Quentin Robinson, 7, of Cleveland, receives a big hug from Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Karen Dropco, as he is escorted off a Continental Airlines jet at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, in Cleveland, by mother Chantel Cabbell after arriving at the "North Pole." More than 60 children and their families who have been patients at Rainbows Babies and Children's Hospital and MetroHealth Hospital participated in the annual charity event sponsored by Continental, which lets the children board a jet with the fantasy destination of the North Pole as another gate, to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and other Christmas characters. The children received dinner and gifts from Santa. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, John Kuntz)


 



Pakistani Pesmina Zainullah, 9, center, and her sister Pervisha, 11, work in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)






Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a mass grave site on Iwo Jima island Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010 where officials discovered the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the battle for Iwo Jima. In a rare visit to Iwo Jima, now known in Japan as Ioto , Japan's Prime Minister offered prayers at two recently discovered mass grave sites and vowed to find the more than 12,000 fallen soldiers whose bodies have yet to be recovered from the remote island where some of World War II's fiercest fighting took place. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


 



Iraqi security forces inspect a crater caused by a car bomb attack in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. A suicide bomber blew up his car Sunday outside government offices in a province west of the Iraqi capital, killing and wounding scores of people, including women and elderly people waiting to collect welfare checks, officials said. (AP Photo)



 

This image provided by NASA Tuesday Nov. 14, 2010 shows the lights of Las Vegas taken from the International Space Station. The surrounding dark desert presents a stark contrast to the brightly lit, regular street grid of the developed metropolitan area. The Vegas Strip (center) is reputed to be the brightest spot on Earth due to the concentration of lights associated with its hotels and casinos. Acquisition of focused night time images such as this one requires space station crew members to track the target with the handheld camera while the ISS is moving at a speed of more than seven kilometers per second (15,659 miles per hour) relative to Earth's surface. (AP Photo/NASA)






People watch as high winds and heavy seas hit the shore on the Beirut seaside, in Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Heavy rain and fierce winds pummeled countries across the Middle East on Sunday, killing a woman in Lebanon, sinking a ship off Israel's coast and prompting Egypt to close its largest Mediterranean port. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)


 



Lights shine on a home damaged by a tornado Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Aumsville, Ore. The tornado struck the small town on Tuesday, tearing roofs off buildings, hurling objects into vehicles and homes and uprooting trees. No injuries were reported. There were early reports that some people had been trapped in cars. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


 



Waves off Lake Erie crash ashore east of downtown Cleveland Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. A winter storm that pummeled northern Ohio on Monday with snow and gusting winds made temperatures feel like zero. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)






Peggy Ann Schnitzius, 77, smokes a cigarette while braving the cold weather in front of a frozen water fountain Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in downtown Atlanta. Schnitzius who is homeless, prefers to be on her own outside on a day like this saying its too crowded indoors. (AP Photo/David Goldman)






Icicles encase a grapefruit at sunrise, at the Lake Jessup Groves, near Geneva, Florida, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, as temperatures dropped into the 20s in central Florida, bringing the season's first hard freeze. Fruit not damaged in the freeze will harvested and packed by Hollianna Groves of Maitland. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)






Two ducks burrow to stay warm in Detroit, Michigan, Sunday, December 12, 2010. (Susan Tusa/Detroit Free Press/MCT)


 



A cross-eyed opossum (didelphis) called Heidi sits in its interim enclosure, in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. The animal came from a zoo in Denmark to Leipzig, where they found out that she is cross-eyed. (AP Photo/dapd, Sebastian Willnow)



 

With a lick from mom, right, seven lion cubs, born at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, make their public debut there on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)






Rosalio Pina fires at a pheasant as Ty Bunma steadies his wheelchair on December 4, 2010, in Firebaugh, California, at the 11th annual Mobility Impaired Pheasant Hunt. (Eric Paul Zamora/Fresno Bee/MCT)






The collapsed roof of the Metrodome is shown in this aerial view in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the roof failure sent the NFL scrambling to find a new venue for the Vikings' game against the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)






Snow falls into the field from a hole in the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches (43 cms) on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the roof failure sent the NFL scrambling to find a new venue for the Vikings' game against the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)






Fans take in the action on the snow-covered field in the second half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


 



Aaron Rodgers lands on his head after he was tackled by Detroit's Amari Spievey and Landon Johnson (55) following a run for 18 yards. Rodgers was slow to get up and was removed from the game a few plays later. he suffered a concussion. The Packers lost to the Lions last Sunday, 7-3. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Benny Sieu






Another look at Johnson's hit on Rodgers. AP photo.






UW-Whitewater running back Levell Coppage dives into the end zone Saturday as Mount Union defensive back Chaz Jordan tries to make the stop. AP photo






Members of the Whitewater football team hoist the Division III trophy after winning the 38th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl by beating Mount Union, 31-21. Journal Sentinel photo: Steve Helber






Prince Fielder (R) of the Milwaukee Brewers plays the Japanese drum while visiting Minamisuna Junior High School as part of the Major League Baseball (MLB) International Ambassador program to promote the game of baseball on December 15, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


 



Jeff Borron shovels snow in front of the Bob Feller Museum, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Van Meter, Iowa. Feller, a Hall of Fame pitcher who won 266 games in 18 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, died on Wednesday of acute leukemia at a hospice. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


 



Former President George W. Bush, right, and his wife Laura appear together to sign their respective books, 'Decision Points' by him, ,and "Spoken From the Heart'" by her, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)






Holiday lights decorate an antique barn and grain elevator, right, with an American flag and a sign reading "Support Our Troops" on the Neuman Farm near Chatham, Ill., Wednesday, Dec.16, 2010. Larry and Donna Neuman have been lighting their corn and soybean farm with more than 13,000 lights for the Christmas season after the start of the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)



 


White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison constructs the White House gingerbread house in the China Room of the White House, Nov. 29, 2010. The house, which weighs 350 lbs, is made from a foundation of gingerbread and is covered with white chocolate. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)







White House Chief Floral Designer Laura Dowling arranges a bouquet in the Vermeil Room of the White House, Dec. 1, 2010. Simple Gifts is the theme for this year's holiday decorations. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)






The Official White House Christmas Tree stands in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)







President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama descend the Grand Staircase as they make their way to a holiday reception on the State Floor of the White House, Dec. 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)






Children are buried in foam used to simulate snow at a shopping mall on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 in Singapore where malls are taking advantage of the festive season to draw in customers through visual merchandising, advertising and year end sales. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)






Children's faces are covered with foam used to simulate snow at a shopping mall on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 in Singapore where malls are taking advantage of the festive season to draw in customers through visual merchandising, advertising and year end sales. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)





Stephanie Kanning tries to get a close up photo of her son Brody, in a Santa suit, Saturday, Dec 18, 2010, at the Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, Ind. (AP Photo/The Journal Gazette, Samuel Hoffman)






A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims inside an aquarium at a shopping mall as part as Christmas celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)



 

Cody Laur, 22, left, of Metamora, Mich., gets some help from Santa while waiting for the hospital to take a photo of him with his wife Alecia and their twins Wyatt and Westley in Hurley Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Flint for Hurley's 2nd Annual Baby's 1st Christmas Party, on Friday, December 17, 2010. Santa was on the scene to take pictures with the babies, and he volunteers to give each family a special scrapbook page, prepared especially for them. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Ryan Garza)






Actress Glenn Close is dressed for the role of a man on the set of new film "Albert Nobbs", being filmed in Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010. Close plays the title role in the story of a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. (AP Photo/Bernard Walsh/HO)






A woman passes Mauro Perucchetti's 'Jelly Baby Family' sculpture at Marble Arch on December 13, 2010 in London, England. Italian pop artist Mauro Perucchetti created this sculpture which embodies the unity of family and the multicultural aspect of modern society that is so prevalent, especially in London. At three metres tall the coloured resin family of seven figures will be seen by thousands of Londoners everyday at the busy Marble Arch junction. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Halcyon Gallery)


 



Competitors take part in The World Pie Eating Championships at Harry's Bar on December 14, 2010 in Wigan, England. Winner Neil Collier won the competition when he beat 18 others eating the pie in the fastest time. Locals from the town of Wigan are known as the pie eaters after striking workers in the early 20th century general strike were the first to return to work and were said to 'have eaten humble pie' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)



 

Meetra H., left, explains the Slendertone wrap process to Laura Casey as she sprays Casey's bandaged body with a mineral solution formulated to break down fat cells, reduce cellulite, and tighten skin while detoxifying the body at LeVisage Spa and Salon in Fremont California, November 27, 2010. (Hillary Jones-Mixon/Contra Costa Times/MCT)





Japanese monkeys have a bath together in a pond filled with hot spring water at a municipal tropical botanical garden in Hakodate, Hokkaido, northern Japan, on snowy Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, with temperature below freezing. Its water temperature is kept at 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) from December to May for about 100 monkeys living in the facilities, Kyodo said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Hiroko Miyoshi)

And finally,






Family members of Kristopher Watkins welcome him home, left to right, Larry Watkins,the dad, Dee Watkins,stepmom, Cynthia Phillips,the mom, Kristin Brown, Sara Wortman (cq-ed). Kristopher Watkins came home from Afghanistan on Thursday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.






Nina Leavitt on far right sings with family members while waiting for Kristopher Watkins to arrive home from Afghanistan on Thursday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


 



Nina Leavitt watches as Kristopher Watkins walks towards her.

And then......







Watkins on bended knee presented a ring to his fiancee Nina Leavitt in front of family members.







Congratulations Kristopher and Nina!

Above photos: Robert Lahser, Charlotte Observer
 

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