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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Snow depths varied widely in the West End after the most recent storm.

West End News Feb. 10

Once again we have a dramatic example of the many micro-climates in Cook County and specifically the West End.


Frank remembers the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon of bygone days

West End News Feb. 3

The recent Beargrease Marathon revived some memories of the early days of the event that became the Beargrease of today. Early on, the race was nothing like it is today.


 
Fresh snow on the North Shore

West End News Jan. 27

Events are ramping up at Birch Grove Center. This Saturday, Jan. 30, the Birch Grove PTO is sponsoring a Winter Extravaganza from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.


John Lyght

West End News Jan. 20

Usually I have no trouble writing a farewell piece in this column about West End friends who have recently left us, but writing about John Lyght's passing presents a problem.


 
Frank remembers friend and commercial fisherman Kermit Carlsen of Schroeder who passed away this past week.

West End News Jan. 13

The Birch Grove Center at Birch Grove School offers lots of events to the West End community. A great one is skating at night under the lights on the Birch Grove rink.


Yup'ik man from Nunivak Island, 1929

West End News Jan. 7

I received a beautiful book for Christmas about the Yup'ik people of coastal southwestern Alaska. The book is a comprehensive study of all aspects of how these people lived before there was corruption from the white invaders.


 
Citizen band radio

West End News Dec. 30, 2009

One more time, West End folks have demonstrated their generosity and their support for the Birch Grove Foundation.


Fresh snow brightened the north shore landscape

West End News Dec. 23, 2009

There is good news about the matching fund for the challenge grant made by the Grand Marais State Bank for the Birch Grove Foundation.


 
The Johnson family has a wonderful display of lights in the West End--just up the Cramer Road

West End News Dec.17, 2009

There is momentum with the financial match that the Grand Marais State Bank has offered to the Birch Grove Foundation.


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West End News Dec.11, 2009

The shots for the H1N1 flu virus are still available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais. So far the number of folks showing up for the H1N1 shots has been underwhelming.