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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.

Franklin, something special is going on at that Walgreen's


That’s the Walgreen’s located at 9527 S. 27th Street in Franklin.

Here in Franklin it’s rare earth-shattering news takes place. That’s a blessing if we’re talking catastrophes or scandals. But we’re also talking hoopla big brass band pop open the champagne material.

Hey Ethel, didja hear another new business opened in Franklin?

No, Fred. What is it?

You’ll never guess, Ethel!

A gas station?

That was last month! Try again!

A bank?

Will you be serious, Ethel!

OK. Not a gas station or a bank. What’s left? It could only mean..

Keep goin’, Ethel!


Guess, Ethel, guess!

A Walgreen’s?

Gall dang it, Ethel, who the heck told ya?

Herman and Ethel could have mentioned nail salons, tattoo parlors and Chinese restaurants, but to their credit, showed restraint.

About the above picture, that certainly does look like your common Walgreen’s. But this one isn’t. From the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development:

Since May 2012, the DWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) has partnered with Walgreens in the national drugstore chain’s Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). The success of the early pilot in Milwaukee led the state and Walgreens to expand the program at Walgreens stores across the state. Today, REDI participants are receiving retail sales training in stores throughout Wisconsin.

In 2010, Walgreens launched REDI as a pilot in Texas and soon expanded it to more than 150 stores throughout Texas, New York and Connecticut. To date, more than 200 individuals across the country have successfully completed four weeks of training as service clerks, and 66 percent have been recommended for hire.

Since May 2012, 129 externs have successfully completed REDI training statewide. Eighty of those individuals have successfully found employment – 65 of them in Walgreens stores and 15 of them with other employers.

Walgreens has more than 220 stores in Wisconsin, and the expansion of the REDI program to select locations throughout the state will continue to occur gradually. There are currently 24 REDI sites in Wisconsin, in stores in in Janesville, Beloit, Racine, Milwaukee, Franklin, Wauwatosa, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, West Bend, Oshkosh, Kaukauna, Appleton, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Menomonie, and Eau Claire.

The Franklin location is noted above. Good for them.


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