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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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.


Bill notes sudden spring thaws have flooded bears out of their dens in the past. Be on the look out!

West End News March 16

Thank you to all the candidates who ran for office in the recent township elections in Schroeder, Tofte and Lutsen.


 
There are lots of skiing opportunities on the West End after the latest snow!

West End News March 8

 Congratulations to Frank Moe of Hovland who recently completed a sled dog trip from Grand Marais to the state capitol in St Paul.


A snow covered picnic table at Sawbill Outfitters/ photo Bill Hansen

West End News March 1

We had a little excitement here at Sawbill last weekend. If you remember, that was two storms ago, when we had the first significant snowfall of the season that Sunday.


 
Round River Farm, a CSA in Finland, MN, is hoping to make Birch Grove a weekly delivery point for veggies this year

West End News Feb. 23

It was good to see what I am calling The Big Snow Storm of 2012 drop a season high 5 inches of snow the other day.


Morning frost on pine

West End News Feb. 16

Although we are barely halfway through February, the freeze and thaw cycle that we usually see in March and April has begun.


 
The Cook County High School Invitational cross-country ski meet was broadcast on the radio and online through WTIP and Boreal

West End News Feb. 9

The second annual Birch Grove Foundation boot hockey tournament will be held at Birch Grove School in Tofte on Friday, Feb. 17 starting at 4:30.


It's approaching caucus time in Cook County

West End News Feb. 2

After ducking the various cold viruses that are rampaging through the county, I finally got caught a couple of days ago, which explains why I’m singing bass in the choir today.


 
Bill and his daughter Clare found this freshly shed moose antler while out grooming the ski trail at Sawbill

West End News

It is certainly good news that the wolf population in Minnesota has recovered to the point where it no longer requires special federal protection.


Taconite Harbor Energy Center

West End News Jan.19

A few days ago, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder.