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.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

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Photo byPeter Juhl - courtesy of the Cross River Heritage Center

West End News: July 19

Linda Lamb, from Schroeder, called the other day to remind me that there are some fascinating art exhibits currently on display at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder.  Kathy Gray-Anders


Tofte Citizen of the Year Mary Alice Hansen - photo by Lee Stewart

West End News: July 5

Last call for the Schroeder Historical Society’s annual Lundie Vacation Home Tour.


 
Tofte fireworks display

West End News: June 28

A young woman was in the West End this week doing research on the history of Sawbill Lodge.


Duluth flooding - AP Photo - Andrew Krueger

West End News: June 21

It was the talk of the town this week when the communications out of the county were cut due to the extraordinary flooding in Duluth.


 
Western painted turtle

West End News: June 14

This is the time of year when turtles appear all over the back roads in the West End.


Photo: U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Region - courtesy of the Forest History Society, Durham, N.C.

West End News: June 7

Recently, Steve Robertson, a naturalist with the Forest Service in Tofte, sent me a web link to the Forest History Society.


 
The Gordon family on Amicus II.

West End News: May 31

The Schroeder Historical Society sponsoring a lumberjack dinner at their annual meeting on Saturday, June 9th, starting at 5 p.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder.


Common Merganser

West End News: May 24

Congratulations to Birch Grove Community School graduates Ashley Ross, Michael Sjogren and Bradley Van Doren.  The congratulations might seem a little late, as the three finished their studies at


 
Campground scene at the Sawbill Campground, September 1937/ photograph courtesy of the Forest History Society, Durham, N.C

West End News May 17

A few weeks ago, I talked about the change in management at the North Shore Market in Tofte.


With an early ice-out this year, Bill believes the fishing will be better during the first part of the season.

West End News May 10

Last week I talked about school trust lands in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and how the legislature ignored a carefully crafted agreement developed by a legislative working group that inc