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Bill Hansen

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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What's On:
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.

Fall colors are starting to peak on the West End, photo by Liz Foot

West End News Sept. 29

The fall colors in the West End seem to be reaching their peak this week and next. It’s a decent year for color, if not a great year.

Photo by Hans Martin - Polly Lake - 9/12/2011

West End News: Sept. 22

More than a week has passed since Monday, September 12th, when the Pagami Creek Fire made its historic run.  Driven by high temperatures, high winds and long term drought, the fire ran more than

Sawbill Lake Landing on Tuesday afternoon by Adam Hansen

West End News: Sept. 15

It has been an interesting week here at Sawbill. As you know, the Pagami Creek fire, which started several weeks ago near Ely, has blown up to more than 100,000 acres burned. On Sunday, Sept.

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