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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An old plane wreck at Zenith Lake with a great story.

West End News: July 21

It’s a relief to be back in the business of selling fishing licenses here at Sawbill.


Fishing is a favorite summer pastime at Sawbill Outfitters

West End News: July 14

I had the good luck last week to be invited to help out with the entertainment for the first annual Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival at Caribou Highlands at Lutsen Mountains.


 
A black bear has been seen on the West End this week

West End News: July 7

When the state government shut down on the Thursday before the long 4th of July weekend, we were not sure what the effect would be here at Sawbill.


Rees and Roxanne Richards lost their vehicle to a car fire on The Grade Road while on their way to a BWCAW entry point.

West End News June 30

Rees and Roxanne Richards, from Duluth, had a bad day last Sunday. They were driving the back roads of Tofte, on their way to begin a canoe trip, when their car caught on fire.


 
Sawbill gets some much needed rain

West End News June 23

As I write, we are experiencing a classic cold and windy three-day June rain.


A USFS Beaver Aircraft takes off as part of the search for Ty Sitter. More on the story: http://bit.ly/lRBiLM

West End News June 16

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young man who tragically lost his life while fishing on Swan Lake in the BWCA Wilderness last week.


 
The bugs are out in full force this year!

West End News June 9

There is no denying that the bugs are bad this year. Over the Memorial Day weekend, we sold almost 200 head nets and bug shirts.


L-R: Tony Goldenstein, Lisa Shafer, Scott Gay, Christy Maxfield.

West End News June 2

Love was in the air in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  On Friday, I saw a young couple that became engaged while on a canoe trip out of Sawbill


 
Gentlemen Hall - (West End native Jacob Michael - center)

West End News May 26

Everyone was excited last weekend by the appearance of West End native Jacob Michael on the Billboard Music Awards program, viewed by many millions of people worldwide.  As I reported last week,


Paddling season ramps up for the year at Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

West End News May 19

Here is an update on the ongoing mystery of the disappearing campers here at Sawbill. A couple of week ago, before the ice went out, a car appeared on the parking lot with a canoe on top.