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Ferris continues raising money for Hmong vet statues

Brad Williams

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Not even a bout with cancer is stopping a local veteran from raising money for statues planned at Veterans Freedom Park in La Crosse.

Louie Ferris underwent weeks of treatment for cancer late last year.

But the Korean War veterans is back at work, promoting plans for new statues honoring Hmong and Lao soldiers which would cost about $40,000. 

To donate, checks can be mailed to Louie Ferris at 1519 George St., La Crosse, WI, 54603. With questions, call Ferris at 608.784.9576. Donations can also be made to River Bank on the north side.

Ferris wants the Hmong and Lao statues to be in the park by this coming July.

Last summer, Ferris unveiled a statue at the freedom park to honor female nurse cadets from World War II.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat (left) honors Louie Ferris for his efforts in erecting WWI Doughboy monument at Veterans Freedom Park last October.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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