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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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Fall colors are starting to peak on the West End, photo by Liz Foot

West End News Sept. 29

The fall colors in the West End seem to be reaching their peak this week and next. It’s a decent year for color, if not a great year.

Photo by Hans Martin - Polly Lake - 9/12/2011

West End News: Sept. 22

More than a week has passed since Monday, September 12th, when the Pagami Creek Fire made its historic run.  Driven by high temperatures, high winds and long term drought, the fire ran more than

Sawbill Lake Landing on Tuesday afternoon by Adam Hansen

West End News: Sept. 15

It has been an interesting week here at Sawbill. As you know, the Pagami Creek fire, which started several weeks ago near Ely, has blown up to more than 100,000 acres burned. On Sunday, Sept.

A truck with an oversized load gets stuck on the Sawbill Trail

West End News: Sept. 8

I'd like to welcome Kim Jahnke and her new business, Little Cubs Day Care, to Tofte. It is a big deal in a small community when a new business opens up.

Leif Gilsvik from Two Harbors covered a lot of ground in just one day in the BWCAW

West End News: Aug. 25

Leif Gilsvik and Caleb "Hurrikane" Hamp-Sill, from Two Harbors, have set what I am guessing is a record for distance traveled in one day in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Lightning over the night sky

West End News: Aug.18

We had a terrific bolt of lightning very close to Sawbill the other day.  It didn't actually strike one of our buildings, but it was close enough to give everyone a good scare.  The Sawbill

It's blueberry season in the North Woods!

West End News: Aug. 11

Dallas and Luanne Leier stopped at Sawbill for a visit the other day. Dallas is a retired telephone company employee and very active in the Telephone Pioneers organization.

The Sawbill Lodge Dock in the 1950's

West End News Aug. 5

Construction is nearly finished on the new, single-track mountain biking trail that begins at the Britton Peak parking lot, 2 miles north of Highway 61 on the Sawbill Trail.

Tofte native Dale Tormondsen to speak on the history of commercial fishing in Cook County at CCHS Museum.

West End News: July 28

There is a paradox that exists in the West End of Cook County at this time of year.

An old plane wreck at Zenith Lake with a great story.

West End News: July 21

It’s a relief to be back in the business of selling fishing licenses here at Sawbill.