Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
HOFFMAN, Minn. — After Andrew Barsness graduated from high school in 2009, he wasn't sure where his life was going. "I was going to college in Morris, but I didn't really know what I wanted to do," said the now 27-year-old who grew up in Detroit Lakes. In 2010, his grandparents, Harry and Ellen Westberg, who lived on a farm north of Hoffman, passed away. Harry grew up on that farm and was a crop farmer his whole life. "He was 87 when he died and he was still farming," said Barsness.