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Kratochvil replacing Collin at Women's Expo

WORTHINGTON -- Karen Kratochvil, retired national sales director for Mary Kay, will replace Liz Collin as a featured presenter for Saturday's Daily Globe Women's Expo.

WCCO's Collin, who grew up and graduated from high school in Worthington, has been assigned to cover the potential for flooding in Fargo, N.D., and will be unable to attend the event.

"She was selected (to go to Fargo) because of her expertise," noted Sharon Lynn of First State Bank Southwest, which was sponsoring Collin's appearance at the Women's Expo. "We're fortunate that we've got a wonderful replacement for her."

Kratochvil is a former home economics teacher who began her Mary Kay business in September 1975. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, she had taught junior high students in Robbinsdale from 1965-1971 and later at Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, S.D., from 1974-1976.

As a Mary Kay businesswoman, Kratochvil first achieved notoriety by earning a nomination for the annual Go-Give Award in February 1983. She went on to make 22 appearances in the Unit Circles, including four times in the Half-Million Dollar Circle of Achievement, and qualified for 12 top sales director trips -- including six of the extended trips. She's a Mary Kay Multi-Millionaire, with more than $2 million in commissions.

"If there's one person I could be most like, it would be Karen Kratochvil because of her wonderful personality and very caring spirit," Lynn said. "She's doing this because she wants to give back to the people who helped make her successful."

Kratochvil's Women's Expo seminar will be titled "The Q Factor."

Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms expressed gratitude that a new presenter was found so quickly.

"This was a First State Bank Southwest seminar that they were presenting, and they came to the rescue right away with a replacement," Harms said. "We're very thankful."

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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