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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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.


 
A pack of wolves stopped by Sawbill in the wee hours

West End News Jan. 12

Election filings for township officers are currently open. The township system of government in Minnesota is the closest form of government to actual people.


Late night broomball at Sawbill Outfitters

West End News Jan. 5

I was pleased to read that Tofte Township was moving ahead with plans for a new cell tower. The same article mentioned that a new cell tower is also being planned for Taconite Harbor.


 
The Owiny Sigoma Band

West End News Dec. 29

It is truly a small world. Recently, I was listening to Sidetracks on WTIP when DJ Matthew Brown announced that he was playing a song by the Owiny Sigoma Band.


Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder

West End News Dec. 22

Minnesota Power, a division of the Allete Corporation based in Duluth, owns and operates the Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder.


 
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.