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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.

Where is Mike Zimmerman looking now for his stadium?

Franklin is in Rock Sports Complex CEO Mike Zimmerman’s rear-view mirror now that city leaders have made it abundantly clear they don’t want his minor league baseball stadium.  Zimmerman told Sean Ryan of the Milwaukee Business Journal he now has his sights set on Oak Creek, Cudahy, Greenfield, Menomonee Falls, and Milwaukee County park properties as potential alternative sites for a Frontier League franchise.

The #1 choice now that Franklin has said no is East College and South Pennsylvania avenues in Oak Creek. The 62-acre location is vacant.

For Zimmerman, it’s a race against the clock. Construction needs to start this month if the new ballpark is to be ready for the 2015 season. 

“It’s going to be a bit of a Hail Mary pass to get this thing done,” Zimmerman admits.

As for Franklin, even though Zimmerman has said the city's deal is dead, Craig Haskins is trying to revive negotiations. Haskins is chairman of the ineffective Forward Franklin development committee.

“You don’t take a $100 million development and knock that down just based on one set of unknowns. If they want to just give up on it, it’ll go away, which is somewhat of a common thing in Franklin,” Haskins told the Business Journal.

No kidding.

Mayor Steve Olson also talked with the paper, saying his focus is on new business and industrial parks. He believes retail is a tough sell due to Southridge Mall being so close.

“I am absolutely not discouraging any retail, but I do think retail will come when retailers can justify it to themselves,” said Olson.

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