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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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Spring crust skiing on the Temperance River in Tofte

West End News: March 26

Here is a good deal.  On Thursday, April 9th, a free visit to the dentist is available for all young people ages 18 months to 26 years old.  The free services include an exam, cleaning, x-ra

Randy Sabien

West End News: March 19

If you’ve been thinking about starting or expanding a business in the West End, now is a great time to do it.  The Entrepreneur Fund, a Duluth-based nonprofit that provides educational and

Birch Grove

West End News: March 12

The annual meetings of Schroeder, Lutsen and Tofte were lively and productive affairs a few nights ago.  A lot of stuff gets done at these meetings and all kinds of information is gathered.

Saint Urho driving the grasshoppers out of Finland. Good reason to celebrate!

West End News: March 5

On Tuesday, Mar. 10, the townships of Schroeder, Tofte and Lutsen will hold their elections and annual meetings. 

This is what happens when you drive on snow-covered back roads in cold weather

West End News: February 26

Birch Grove Community School in Tofte held a well attended public meeting last week.


West End News: February 19

It’s that time year again for the kindergarten round-up at Birch Grove Community School in Tofte.  I wonder where the expression “round-up” got started in reference to recruitin

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