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UPDATE, Freedom Park will not bear name of Louis Ferris

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An update on this story can be found here, with the Park Board’s decision.


A north La Crosse park may be renamed to honor one of its biggest supporters. 

The city park board could vote Thursday night on a resolution to add the name of Louis Ferris to Veterans Freedom Park.  Ferris died last month. 

For many years, the Korean War veteran raised money to place statues and other memorials to honor veterans inside the park along Clinton Street. 

Congressman Ron Kind of La Crosse asked the city to add Ferris’ name to the official name of the freedom park. 

The monuments now in the park recognize vets from Vietnam and both World Wars, local Hmong and Lao veterans who helped U.S. troops in Indochina, and the women’s cadet corps.

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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