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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.

Incredibly, Franklin somehow survives latest storms

And the city did so without those fancy schmancy $150,000 tornado warning sirens city spenders can’t wait to get their hands on and install.

At the rate we’re going, that should be sometime this winter that we all know, of course, is high risk tornado time.

Storms that hit late this afternoon featured high winds, up to 60 mph in some areas, hail, thunder and lightning.

Franklin alderman Kristen Wilhelm, a supporter of purchasing tornado warning sirens said, “Boy, we dodged a bullet this time, didn’t we? Whew! I just cringe every time a storm hits and I won’t feel better until those sirens are up.”

Common Council President Steve Taylor also defended his support of the sirens. “I voted for them because Alderman (Steve) Olson voted against them.”

At the McDonald’s located at 76th and Rawson, a family of four was spotted underneath a table. “Is it OK to come out now?” asked the mother who did not want to be identified. “My God, when are they going to get those blasted sirens working?”

Unconfirmed reports indicate City Hall received calls from several nervous residents. One of them asked, “It’s getting really windy and dark outside. Please tell me, what should we do?”

Two women running to their cars in the Franklin Pick ‘n’ Save parking lot were overheard discussing the sirens.

“Won’t it be wonderful when they’re finally up and running?” said one woman.

The other replied, “But they cost so much money, don’t you think?”

“Well, yes," said the first woman. “But if they can save just one life….”

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