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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The Lutsen music scene makes statewide waves

West End News: February 12

The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Cook and Lake counties are sponsoring a community conversation on water quality priorities for Lake Superior’s North Shore.  I guess that would


Where in the world is Tofte’s Noah Horak and his motorcycle?

West End News: February 5

It was great to hear a recording of my dad, Frank Hansen, on the radio again during the Beargrease sled dog race a couple of weeks ago.  Frank authored the West End News for many years, first in


 

West End News: January 29

Boot Hockey is back at Birch Grove again this year.  The popular tournament is still open for team sign-ups.


Higher education for everyone who wants it?

West End News: January 22

Live musical performance has become a routine, almost nightly, event in Cook County.  The West End is a particular hotbed of live music, including a variety of local acts and big-name artists who


 

West End News: January 15

Piano lessons for children and adults are being offered at Birch Grove Community School in Tofte. Community Education is sponsoring the lessons from piano teacher Lavonna Czaplicki.  If you&


Maybelle Skou

West End News: January 8

The Friends of the Finland Community are starting a process to improve the economic vitality of the greater Finland area.  The group is gathering ideas from the community on what is working now,


 
A new, high speed gondola is just one of the many good things coming to the West End in 2015

West End News: January 1

The popular shuttle bus is up and running between all the major resort destinations in the West End.  While the service is geared toward visitors, locals can take advantage of it too.


West End News: December 24

Sandi Furlow of Lutsen had a big week last week. 
 


 
Marco Good, sleigh driver extraordinaire

West End News: December 18

Visit Cook County is organizing sleigh rides at Cascade Lodge again this year. Although targeted at our tourist population, this is a fun event for locals and their visitors too. 


Tom Rider and Dave Carlson cutting Rosie the Golden Retriever out of the culvert where she was trapped.

West End News: December 12

Here is some big news from Lutsen Mountains Ski Area. The Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge race is coming to Lutsen Mountains Apr.