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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Frank reminisces about playing lacrosse

West End News April 1

A notice that an original member of the seasonal Gust Lake community, Dick Brown, had died brought back many memories.


Sled dogs

WEST END NEWS MARCH 27

Joan Koski, the longtime campground host at Crescent Lake campground, has retired.


 
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West End News March 18

Polly Erickson, coordinator of the recent West End blood drive, reports that the drive was successful once again.


A one room school house

West End News March 10

Please remember that trained volunteers will be at Birch Grove Center to help West End folks prepare their income tax returns each Wednesday.


 
Tracks in snow by Stephan Hoglund

West End News March 4

The considered opinion of the folks who play in the snow is that this season has been as close to perfect as any season could be.


The Tofte Fire Department

West End News Feb. 25

It is time for a heads-up to all West End folks about an upcoming blood drive at Zoar church. The drive will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 2, from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m.


 
Bag Balm

West End News Feb. 17

The West End community has lost another of our shining lights. Virginia Tofte died on Feb. 8, just two days short of her 93rd birthday.


Snow depths varied widely in the West End after the most recent storm.

West End News Feb. 10

Once again we have a dramatic example of the many micro-climates in Cook County and specifically the West End.


 
Frank remembers the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon of bygone days

West End News Feb. 3

The recent Beargrease Marathon revived some memories of the early days of the event that became the Beargrease of today. Early on, the race was nothing like it is today.


Fresh snow on the North Shore

West End News Jan. 27

Events are ramping up at Birch Grove Center. This Saturday, Jan. 30, the Birch Grove PTO is sponsoring a Winter Extravaganza from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.