West End News

Bill Hansen

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Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen runs Sawbill Outfitters at the end of the Sawbill Trail with his wife Cindy. Bill grew up in Cook County and knows the West End community well. The son of beloved WTIP volunteer and long-time West End News columnist Frank Hansen, Bill enjoys following in his father's footsteps.

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Moose with tree.  Photo by Charles Petricek

West End News: September 13

Cindy and I were watching the Twins game last week, when she suddenly said, "Wait, pause, go back!  I think I see our friend Walter in the crowd behind the batter."  I quickly rewo


 
Sauna - photo by Pete Kratochvil

West End News: August 30

For a couple of days this week, the pace of the summer tourism slowed down and all West End residents took a collective deep breath.  I had lunch at a local restaurant and the staff was commentin


Mink Frog

West End News: August 23

I always love reporting on the activities of West End entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy, so it gives me great pleasure to report that the business formerly known as Nels


 
Clear skies have led to happy visitors this week!   Photo by Carl Hansen.

West End News: August 16

The train that is summer in Cook County is continuing to roll on down the tracks.  From my informal poll of business owners at the Cook County Visitors Bureau meeting last week, it sounds like bu


The Ross Sisters: Michelle, Jill, and Julie - photo by Christine Ross.

West End News: August 9

One of the great joys of being in the tourism business is renewing the annual friendships with the faithful customers who return year after year.  I’ve been around long enough that I’


 
Songwriters gather at Sawbill for a jam sesson: photo by Jessica Hemmer

West End News: August 2

A couple of weeks ago, West End seniors took at trip to Grand Portage.


Photo by Carl Hansen

West End News: July 26

Mother Nature delivered some very entertaining shows this week. The northern lights have made several appearances and a couple of times were nothing short of spectacular.


 
Photo byPeter Juhl - courtesy of the Cross River Heritage Center

West End News: July 19

Linda Lamb, from Schroeder, called the other day to remind me that there are some fascinating art exhibits currently on display at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder.  Kathy Gray-Anders


Tofte Citizen of the Year Mary Alice Hansen - photo by Lee Stewart

West End News: July 5

Last call for the Schroeder Historical Society’s annual Lundie Vacation Home Tour.