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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Late night broomball at Sawbill Outfitters

West End News Jan. 5

I was pleased to read that Tofte Township was moving ahead with plans for a new cell tower. The same article mentioned that a new cell tower is also being planned for Taconite Harbor.


The Owiny Sigoma Band

West End News Dec. 29

It is truly a small world. Recently, I was listening to Sidetracks on WTIP when DJ Matthew Brown announced that he was playing a song by the Owiny Sigoma Band.


 
Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder

West End News Dec. 22

Minnesota Power, a division of the Allete Corporation based in Duluth, owns and operates the Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder.


Wolf tracks in the snow

West End News Dec. 16

Today, I have two stories of local boys making good - both with West End connections.


 
It's time for skiing and snowboarding in this week's West End News

West End News Dec. 8

 Mary Somnis sent me an email the other day, calling my attention to a local shopping initiative called “Made On The Range.” It is a website, madeontherange.com – just like it


Bill has had a lot of exciting wildlife sightings on the West End lately

West End News Dec. 1

We’ve been enjoying a lot of good animal sightings on the back roads recently.


 
Ice on Sawbill Lake by Carl Hansen

West End News Nov. 17

Last week, Sawbill Lake was almost frozen over. The official criterion for freeze-up is when the lake is more than 90% frozen. Sawbill got close to that, but then reopened over the weekend.


Homer will be missed at Sawbill

West End News Nov. 10

As of Wednesday, Nov. 9, Sawbill Lake is about 75% frozen over. The shallow bays froze the day before and stayed frozen in spite of a sunny, calm day.


 
The Pagami Creek fire uncovered old roads through the wilderness.

West End News Nov. 3

I'd like to add my sincere condolences to the friends and family of long-time Minnesota Public Radio personality Tom Keith who passed away unexpectedly this week.


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.