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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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The Gordon family on Amicus II.

West End News: May 31

The Schroeder Historical Society sponsoring a lumberjack dinner at their annual meeting on Saturday, June 9th, starting at 5 p.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder.


Common Merganser

West End News: May 24

Congratulations to Birch Grove Community School graduates Ashley Ross, Michael Sjogren and Bradley Van Doren.  The congratulations might seem a little late, as the three finished their studies at


 
Campground scene at the Sawbill Campground, September 1937/ photograph courtesy of the Forest History Society, Durham, N.C

West End News May 17

A few weeks ago, I talked about the change in management at the North Shore Market in Tofte.


With an early ice-out this year, Bill believes the fishing will be better during the first part of the season.

West End News May 10

Last week I talked about school trust lands in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and how the legislature ignored a carefully crafted agreement developed by a legislative working group that inc


 
Sawbill dock, photo by Ruthie Hansen

West End News: May 3

I don’t think I’m the only one who has been disappointed in this year’s Minnesota Legislature.  I’m not personally invested in the Vikings stadium issue, because I’m


Haze over BWCAW - photo courtesy Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

West End News: April 26

I was sorry to hear that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency caved to political pressure and weakened its plan to reduce haze over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National P


 
North Shore Market in Tofte, photo by Ruthie Hansen

West End News: April 12

Big changes are happening at the North Shore Market in Tofte. Nancy Iverson, who has been running the store for a number of years, is turning over management to Lisa Nelson.


The Great Warm Wake from the NASA Earth Observatory

West End News April 5

Now that March is in the record books, it's not surprising that this March was officially the warmest since records have been kept.


 
Global land-ocean temperature index

West End News March 29

The ice left Sawbill Lake on Tuesday, March 27. This is the earliest ice-out date since records started being kept back in the 1930s.


Early spring conditions at Sawbill.

West End News: March 22

The West End was saddened to receive word of Reuben Tofte’s passing last week at the age of 96.