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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West End News: August 23

I always love reporting on the activities of West End entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy, so it gives me great pleasure to report that the business formerly known as Nels


Clear skies have led to happy visitors this week!   Photo by Carl Hansen.

West End News: August 16

The train that is summer in Cook County is continuing to roll on down the tracks.  From my informal poll of business owners at the Cook County Visitors Bureau meeting last week, it sounds like bu


 
The Ross Sisters: Michelle, Jill, and Julie - photo by Christine Ross.

West End News: August 9

One of the great joys of being in the tourism business is renewing the annual friendships with the faithful customers who return year after year.  I’ve been around long enough that I’


Songwriters gather at Sawbill for a jam sesson: photo by Jessica Hemmer

West End News: August 2

A couple of weeks ago, West End seniors took at trip to Grand Portage.


 
Photo by Carl Hansen

West End News: July 26

Mother Nature delivered some very entertaining shows this week. The northern lights have made several appearances and a couple of times were nothing short of spectacular.


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.