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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Wolf tracks in the snow

West End News Dec. 16

Today, I have two stories of local boys making good - both with West End connections.


It's time for skiing and snowboarding in this week's West End News

West End News Dec. 8

 Mary Somnis sent me an email the other day, calling my attention to a local shopping initiative called “Made On The Range.” It is a website, madeontherange.com – just like it


 
Bill has had a lot of exciting wildlife sightings on the West End lately

West End News Dec. 1

We’ve been enjoying a lot of good animal sightings on the back roads recently.


Ice on Sawbill Lake by Carl Hansen

West End News Nov. 17

Last week, Sawbill Lake was almost frozen over. The official criterion for freeze-up is when the lake is more than 90% frozen. Sawbill got close to that, but then reopened over the weekend.


 
Homer will be missed at Sawbill

West End News Nov. 10

As of Wednesday, Nov. 9, Sawbill Lake is about 75% frozen over. The shallow bays froze the day before and stayed frozen in spite of a sunny, calm day.


The Pagami Creek fire uncovered old roads through the wilderness.

West End News Nov. 3

I'd like to add my sincere condolences to the friends and family of long-time Minnesota Public Radio personality Tom Keith who passed away unexpectedly this week.


 
The Heart of the Continent Partnership has been meeting throughout the week

West End News Oct. 27

This is the time of year when the community turns its attention to the Birch Grove School and Community Center. First up is the popular and long-standing Birch Grove PTO Halloween Carnival.


Boundary Waters sign

West End News Oct. 20

The first snow that stuck to the ground fell this week in the woods away from Lake Superior.


 
Sawbill crew members are out grouse hunting

West End News Oct. 13

 The Cook County Community Fund has produced a document called “A Guide To Giving” which is a directory of over 100 non-profit organizations that accept donations and are active in Co


A moose

West End News Oct. 6

Moose hunting season started this week, although you would hardly notice if you weren’t paying attention. The number of hunters is dwindling, along with the number of moose.