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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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Maybelle Skou

West End News: January 8

The Friends of the Finland Community are starting a process to improve the economic vitality of the greater Finland area.  The group is gathering ideas from the community on what is working now,

A new, high speed gondola is just one of the many good things coming to the West End in 2015

West End News: January 1

The popular shuttle bus is up and running between all the major resort destinations in the West End.  While the service is geared toward visitors, locals can take advantage of it too.


West End News: December 24

Sandi Furlow of Lutsen had a big week last week. 

Marco Good, sleigh driver extraordinaire

West End News: December 18

Visit Cook County is organizing sleigh rides at Cascade Lodge again this year. Although targeted at our tourist population, this is a fun event for locals and their visitors too. 

Tom Rider and Dave Carlson cutting Rosie the Golden Retriever out of the culvert where she was trapped.

West End News: December 12

Here is some big news from Lutsen Mountains Ski Area. The Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge race is coming to Lutsen Mountains Apr.

Amy and Dave Freeman hours after finishing their 100 day canoe trip from Ely, Minnesota to Washington, D.C.

West End News: December 4

Lutsen residents, Dave and Amy Freeman, arrived in Washington D.C.

Old steel bridge over the Temperance River along the 600 Road in Tofte

West End News: November 27

This week, the venerable 60 Minutes television news program ran a piece about the atrocious condition of America’s transportation infrastructure.  They laid out a grim story of crumbling hi

 Lutsen resident Amy Freeman viewing Statue of Liberty from a canoe

West End News: November 20

The West End’s prodigal son, Noah Horak, will be back in Tofte for the holidays.

Alta McQuatters

West End News: November 13

Shirley Bierbaum, longtime Schroeder resident, is turning 90 years old this month.

Sawbill Trail in 1939 (showing old telephone lines)

West End News: November 5

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum is holding its fifth annual story telling dinner at Lutsen Resort Friday, Nov. 21 starting at 6 p.m.