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Echo Press hires new web developer

Bridget Braun has left the city lights behind her to return to her family's old stomping grounds of Alexandria. Braun moved to the area in November from Coon Rapids to take on the hybrid role of web developer/graphic designer/Internet technology support guru at the Echo Press.

"I wanted to be closer to my parents, who moved here in 2007," Braun said. "And I wanted a better environment for my kids to go to school and grow up in."

In 2000, Braun graduated from the Minnesota School of Computer Imaging, a division of the Minnesota School of Business/Globe College. She studied multimedia computer graphics and design.

Most recently, Braun was a contractor in web development and search engine marketing. Previously, she worked for HOM Furniture as a web developer and graphic designer. During the past 12 years, she has worked in corporate and agency environments doing graphic design, web maintenance, search engine marketing and pay-per-click campaign management.

Braun looks forward to the creative and technical aspects of her job.

"Since I had been working at home for so long, I am really enjoying being around other people in general but other designers especially," Braun said. "It's nice to have people to bounce ideas off of."

Braun is no stranger to media. Her grandfather, Ken "Kenny" Bechtel worked at the Echo Press in years past.

"My grandfather was part of the group that brought the radio station, television station and movie theater to town," Braun boasted. She also credits him with starting Jingle Ball.

In her spare time, Braun said she is a typical Minnesotan.

"I spend my summers on the lakes and the winters in the snow," Braun said.

Braun can be contacted by calling (320) 763-3133 or e-mailing

Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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