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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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Canada Lynx caught on West End trail cam.

West End News January 17

It looks like a part of the new moose research project that is being coordinated by the Department of Natural Resources might come to Sawbill.  DNR wildlife biologist Dave Ingebrigtson, from Gran


Geologist John Green and Forest Service employee Mary Igoe install the new geology display at the Gunflint District Office.

West End News: January 10

Back in the woods, winter is holding its own a little better than in the rest of the region.  Here at Sawbill, as of Jan.


 
Sawbill Crew Reunion on Sawbill Lake at Midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Photo by Carl Hansen, Hansen International Productions.

West End News: January 3

It is always hard to find news for the West End immediately after one of the annual peaks in the tourism industry.  It really is kind of a “no news is good news” situation.  When


Greg Nichols and Will Surbaugh (Photo by Kate Surbaugh)

West End News: December 27

Sometimes the steady diet of bad news that streams in via radio, TV and Internet can be really discouraging.  The news cycle has been especially grim recently, causing me to worry about the state


 
Moose on Sawbill Trail (Photo by Tom Spence)

West End News December 20

Lutsen native Molly Rider is planning to paddle the entire Mississippi River this summer, starting at Lake Itasca and ending in New Orleans.


Alton Lake before the storm.  Photo by Crista Clark

West End News: December 13

Everyone knows that Olympic medalist Cindy Nelson is a West End native, who grew up in Lutsen, skiing at her parents’ ski resort.  But what other world-class athlete grew up - and still liv


 
Lady of the Lake statue - photo courtesy www.BWCA.com

West End News: December 6

A few weeks ago, the Cook County News Herald ran a picture of the so-called “Lady of the Lake” statue that used to be a prominent feature on Brule Lake.


Peg Morris (Ed Landin)

West End News November 29

I recently received word about the death of Peg Morris.  Peg and her partner, Ed Landin, were Cook County residents for many years.


 
Beau Larson and Carl Hansen

West End News: November 22

Beau Larson and Carl Hansen from Lutsen and Tofte are independent filmmakers who are both graduates of the University of Montana Media Arts program and Cook County High School.  They recently col


Ice skating on a frozen lake - photo by Anneli Salo

West End News: November 15

Time is short to make your reservations for the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum's third annual storytelling dinner.  This popular event will be hosted by Lutsen Resort Saturday, Dec.