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A career in makeup? Cottage Grove's Perkins has got it covered

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Leona Perkins got off to a rough start selling rouge.

In 1963 Perkins, who was living in Old Cottage Grove, got a call from someone asking if she would like to sell Avon makeup and beauty products.


Perkins gave the job to her daughter, who drove off the road while selling products door to door.

“I thought, ‘Well, I don’t think this is going to work,’ so I did it,” Perkins recalled.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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