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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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West End News: March 14

I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since I did my happy dance upon hearing WTIP’s broadcast signal for the first time.  At that point, I was just glad to receive repeats of KUMD


Fires grate, latrines and boardwalks waiting to be transported into the BWCA Wilderness by dog team.

West End News: March 7

The Tofte Post Office is officially cutting its window hours starting Monday, March 11.  From that day forward, the window will be open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and then again from 1 p.m.


 
Ellis "Bud" Tormondsen - photo by Terry Backlund.

West End News: November 28

I am always sad when I hear that we’ve lost another member of “the greatest generation.”  Last week, World War II Marine Corps veteran Bud Tormondsen passed away.


Boreal Owl

West End News: February 21

The boreal owl is a very small owl that used to be fairly common around here, but has mostly disappeared in recent years.  At the moment though, there is a well-documented irruption of boreal owl


 
West End News February 14

West End News February 14

Logging has increased along the Sawbill Trail over the last couple of years.  Almost every month a new logging site or road appears, along with the commuting loggers, heavy equipment and - of cou


Moose capture - photo courtesy the Minnesota DNR.

West End News: February 7

Two of the young Norwegian film makers who where around the county last summer have returned for the month of February to finish their interactive, multimedia project about Norwegian Americans on Minn


 
Art Wright being interviewed by Mary Alice Hansen - photo by Bill Hansen.

West End News: February 1

Last week I visited with Art Wright at his home in Duluth.


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West End News: January 24

The most common question that we hear from our customers here at Sawbill Outfitters is, “What do you do in the winter?”  They seem to feel that when the canoeing season ends, there mu


 
Canada Lynx caught on West End trail cam.

West End News January 17

It looks like a part of the new moose research project that is being coordinated by the Department of Natural Resources might come to Sawbill.  DNR wildlife biologist Dave Ingebrigtson, from Gran


Geologist John Green and Forest Service employee Mary Igoe install the new geology display at the Gunflint District Office.

West End News: January 10

Back in the woods, winter is holding its own a little better than in the rest of the region.  Here at Sawbill, as of Jan.