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1/21/2014 10:58:00 AM
Designer joins Byron Review staff
William Weigel
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William Weigel

By David Richards

The new graphic designer of The Byron Review is part musician, part graphic artist and part family man.

William Weigel, who spends his free time playing guitar in both a heavy metal band and a folk country group, started work at the paper earlier this month.

"It's very cool," the 2006 Kenyon-Wanamingo graduate said about his new position. "I've never done anything like this before, and it's a blessing because I've been waiting for a job for awhile, something I love to do. This is something I love to do."

Weigel lives with his wife Amanda in Wanamingo and said his love for graphic design began at an early age.

He took every design and photography class he could in high school and spent a year at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

He's designed everything from album covers to church bulletins and at the paper he'll focus on page layout and ad design.

Weigel takes over for Karyn Raygor, who is leaving to spend more time with family.

"Karyn has been so great," Melanie Dobson, editor and co-owner of Community News Corp said."She jumped in with both feet and did a wonderful job! She taught us a few things about the design program we use and has been doing a conscientious job training William in."

"I am really going to miss her. She will be having her first baby early in February, I'm excited for her."

Outside of work, Weigel keeps busy. He helped start an Evangelical Free Church called, "The Gathering Church of Rochester," plays guitar, writes lyrics and sings backup vocals for two bands and even helps out his family's cleaning business when he has time.

"A young man with a heavy load is better than a young man with nothing to do," he said.

"In reading William's resume, I felt he would be a perfect fit for this job," Melanie said.

"In a small newspaper business like this you have to wear many hats.

"Before the interview, I hoped to like him and be impressed. I did and I was. I am very excited about the gifts he will bring to Community News Corp. "

His metal band, "Your Memorial," has three albums and has toured in 46 states. He also plays in "Hope Country," an alternative folk country band that plays mostly in Minnesota.

It might be strange for a heavy metal guitarist to play country, but Weigel enjoys both.

"I just like playing music that sounds good and has a purpose," he said.

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