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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A truck with an oversized load gets stuck on the Sawbill Trail

West End News: Sept. 8

I'd like to welcome Kim Jahnke and her new business, Little Cubs Day Care, to Tofte. It is a big deal in a small community when a new business opens up.


Leif Gilsvik from Two Harbors covered a lot of ground in just one day in the BWCAW

West End News: Aug. 25

Leif Gilsvik and Caleb "Hurrikane" Hamp-Sill, from Two Harbors, have set what I am guessing is a record for distance traveled in one day in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


 
Lightning over the night sky

West End News: Aug.18

We had a terrific bolt of lightning very close to Sawbill the other day.  It didn't actually strike one of our buildings, but it was close enough to give everyone a good scare.  The Sawbill


It's blueberry season in the North Woods!

West End News: Aug. 11

Dallas and Luanne Leier stopped at Sawbill for a visit the other day. Dallas is a retired telephone company employee and very active in the Telephone Pioneers organization.


 
The Sawbill Lodge Dock in the 1950's

West End News Aug. 5

Construction is nearly finished on the new, single-track mountain biking trail that begins at the Britton Peak parking lot, 2 miles north of Highway 61 on the Sawbill Trail.


Tofte native Dale Tormondsen to speak on the history of commercial fishing in Cook County at CCHS Museum.

West End News: July 28

There is a paradox that exists in the West End of Cook County at this time of year.


 
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.