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The laughing mannequin symbolizes the atmosphere Kim Miles tries to create at The Ugly Sister Boutique, located at 419 Second St. in downtown Hudson. "Life is too serious. None of us laughs enough anymore," Miles says. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)

Boutique owner expects to regain hearing with cochlear implant

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Kim Miles doesn't want people coming to The Ugly Sister Boutique because they feel sorry for her.

While the apparel and gift shop in downtown Hudson came about because of her loss of hearing, it isn't about her hearing, she says.


And now, after receiving a cochlear implant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, on May 29, Miles expects to soon be able to understand voices through her once deaf left ear.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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