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Trial begins Tuesday for Wisconsin woman who amputated patient’s foot, without permission, to allegedly put in taxidermy shop

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A small-town courthouse in western Wisconsin will be in the media spotlight this week, as a nurse appears in court for amputating a patient’s foot — though there’s quite a bit more to the story than that.

Mary Brown of Durand is scheduled for a hearing before a Pierce County judge Tuesday, on a charge of elder abuse for cutting off the foot of a frostbite patient without his permission.

The man died days after the amputation.

Beyond that, however, Brown reportedly told others that she wanted to display the foot at her family’s taxidermy shop.

The state nursing board has been looking into the incident, and media companies from Milwaukee and St. Paul are expected to attend the court hearing.

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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