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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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.


 
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.