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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Paddling season ramps up for the year at Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

West End News May 19

Here is an update on the ongoing mystery of the disappearing campers here at Sawbill. A couple of week ago, before the ice went out, a car appeared on the parking lot with a canoe on top.


Lake Trout

West End News May 12

Some people have asked me about what happened with the mystery that I reported last week.  A car with a canoe on top was parked in the public parking lot here at Sawbill with no people around and


 
Ice on Sawbill Lake is still 15 inces thick!

West End News May 5

The winter of 2010/2011 has been one to remember. It started early, stayed true to itself for many months, and now is having trouble finding the exit.


Crocus in the Snow

West End News April 28

This is the time of year when most of Cook County takes a deep breath and enjoys the lull between the busy winter season and the even busier summer season.


 
Chipmunk

West End News April 21

I saw my first chipmunk of the season this week. It was standing up, in that cute chipmunk way, right in the middle of the Sawbill Trail.


Highway 1 is a famous stretch of American road, known for its tight turns, abrupt hills and remote, forest scenery and wildlife.

West End News April 15

We just got back to the county after a lovely vacation and were surprised by the dramatic advance of spring weather during the last week.


 
A map of Anguilla, the most eastern island in the British West Indies

West End News April 6

Like many Cook County residents at this time of year, I have traveled a good distance south to spend a week being renewed by a beach and a hammock before the busy summer season gets under way.


Camping sarongs are soon to be famous thanks to Bill's wife Cindy Hansen

West End News April 1

This is the time of year when I start fielding inquiries about when the ice is going out on Sawbill Lake. The ice out phenomenon provides a lot of entertainment every year.


 
Ski conditions on BWCA Wilderness lakes have been excellent this week according to Bill Hansen of WTIP's West End News

West End News March 24

It was a pleasant surprise this week to see a wave of news stories out of the Twin Cities about West End native Solveig Tofte. Solvieg is the daughter of Karen and Orton Tofte, Jr.


Lake Superior Ice

West End News March 19

For the first time in many years, there is a logging sale in progress near our home at Sawbill.