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Randy Hall was on the pickleball court when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest – “I was pretty much dead”

Challenged to demonstrate their commitment to their sport, players in the Litchfield, Minnesota, pickleball league wasted little time.

Eagan may be getting a few more pickleball courts. “It’s an area where we really need to invest.”

An all-ages sport growing in popularity is gaining courts in Prior Lake.

Barb had a passion for training and was an avid pickleball player. She combined those two passions to introduce the sport of pickleball to dozens of players

Pickleball enthusiasts — including Jane Huang and Kyle Snay — are exceeding the available courts in Mankato, and the local Pickleball Association is asking the city to double the number at Tourtellotte Park.

Minneapolis Cider Company is the first and only Minnesota taproom to offer pickleball. That means, not only do you get to play an enjoyable sport, but you can drink, eat, and mingle, too. How cool is that?

By PETER COX Minnesota Public Radio NewsDec 30, 2019 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walter Rhodes retired six months ago after several decades working for Ramsey County. Pretty quickly, he found a hobby. “Now that I’m no longer working, I need to keep busy and keeping busy is playing pickleball and having a lot of fun,” said […]

MINNEAPOLIS — Walter Rhodes retired six months ago after several decades working for Ramsey County. Pretty quickly, he found a hobby.
“Now that I’m no longer working, I need to keep busy and keeping busy is playing pickleball and having a lot of fun,” said Rhodes, 72, who clearly loves the sport. “I play seven days a week.”

Jeff Christman passed away earlier this year and his vast network of family and friends honored him in a truly unique way with the First Annual Jeff Christman Pickle Ball vs. Cancer Invitational. The event raised more than double its fundraising goal and attracted nearly 100 participants!

Walter Rhodes retired six months ago after several decades working for Ramsey County. Pretty quickly, he found a hobby. “Now that I’m no longer working, I need to keep busy and keeping busy is playing pickleball and having a lot of fun,” said Rhodes, 72, who clearly loves the sport. “I play seven days a week.”

Who would have thought that pickleball and fermented apples would pair perfectly? The co-owners of Minneapolis Cider Company, that’s who.

An outdoor hockey rink and community center will soon become realities now that the Aitkin City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the “Make Your Mark, Support Our Park” project and the majority of funds have been raised. Phase one includes site infrastructure work to build a new outdoor hockey rink, which will be used as four pickleball courts in the off season.

If you ask anyone who plays pickleball, they’ll likely tell you it is becoming a popular game because it is a social activity, and good exercise.

Both young and older showed up at City Park last Thursday to try their hand at pickle ball. 

Pickleball – Answers to frequently asked questions – Aitkin County, Minnesota

Pickleball is planned to become a major recreational attraction in the city with $70,000 being allocated to install a pickleball court, though the project will not go through unless the city acquires $50,000 in outside funding.

From 7:30-9:00, a handful of residents talked with the mayor about issues that matter to them.

“I wanted to be here because I wanted to be an advocate and help promote pickleball. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States, and Rochester is no exception,” said Rochester resident Joanne Rosener.

The tennis courts at the Isle High School were recently resurfaced and lines were painting for four pickleball courts, along with the tennis lines. The IREC pickleball group took advantage of all four courts recently and enjoyed the outdoors. The IREC pickleball group plays every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. either…

Apple Valley looking at long-term solution for noise complaints The city of Apple Valley is looking at potentially relocating outdoor pickleball courts at Hayes Park to help resolve a dispute about the level of noise coming from the courts. Preliminary estimates indicate constructing eight new pickleball courts at Johnny Cake Ridge Park West, near the […]

“I’m really excited to have a person of her quality here with us,” says Jerry Enget, the president of the Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball Association. He describes Helle Sparre as a rare talent: “She’s not only a great player, but also a great teacher — and not everybody can do both.” Marie T. Johnson Aug […]

One neat thing about the game is its flexibility. It’s fun for all ages and abilities. Written By: By the Echo Press Editorial Board | Aug 2nd 2019  Pat Dahlheimer (left) and Cathie Gagner congratulate each other during a recent game of pickleball in the tennis court at the Alexandria City Park. (Lowell Anderson / […]

by Lynn Mizner The first free and public pickleball court in Aitkin County opened in Palisade in late July. The event was marked by a group of supporters who set up two nets, played several matches and enjoyed snacks, laughter and high fives as they celebrated the successful launch. The courts are northeast of Aitkin […]

There are a lot more cars in the Quarry Park parking lot in Eagan this summer.

Andrew Pimental, Eagan director of parks and recreation, has found it’s become a destination for pickleball players in the Twin Cities.

Video: Get on the Court, with Mankato, Minnesota, Pickleball  

Written By: Shelby Lindrud | Jul 16th 2019 – 6am. The former tennis courts at Sperry Park will be revamped into six pickleball courts after the Willmar City Council on Monday evening approved the project at an approximate cost of $72,458, plus nets and poles. Erica Dischino / Tribune WILLMAR — Pickleball is coming to […]

Pickleball Popularity Increasing in the Northland The sport has only been around Duluth for a few years, but fans are flocking to learn how to play it. July 10, 2019 – Sam Ali, – VIDEO DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wondered what the midway point is between ping pong and tennis? Well that would be […]

By Marie Johnson on Jun 26, 2019 at 3:31 p.m. The new pickleball courts at Peoples Park are now open. An official dedication event will be held this Thursday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the courts. Papa Murphy’s will be providing pizza after a short ceremony. (Marie Johnson / Tribune)1 / 5 Mary Softing […]

Walt Sauerbrei photo Sue Iverson, Roberta Kosloski, Paula Fischer, Barb Netz and Marian Schueller finish up a match at the privately-owned pickleball court near Blue Lake. Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Brielle Bredsten   Aitkin School Board’s approval of facilities funds for the construction of a pickleball court and the striping of five tennis courts […]

Aitkin area pickleball players will no longer need to travel long distances to partake in a match, the Aitkin Independent Age reported Wednesday, May 29. Dorothy Casey of the Aitkin Area Pickleball Association told the Aitkin School Board the organization’s members must travel to surrounding cities to play, spending dollars there as well instead of…

BEMIDJI — The city of Bemidji will be holding open pickleball at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, June through September, at Algoma Park, 3502 Minnesota Ave. NW. All abilities are welcome to play, just bring a paddle and ball. Limited number of rentals are available off site. There […]

Over the last year, the Pickleball Association and Aitkin Schools have been discussing a potential pickleball court during Facilities Committee meetings.

PICKLEBALL Pickleball player and organizer Larry Brekken told the Park Board he’s “really appreciative” of the pickleball courts that were put in a year ago at Schuster Park and asked if their two-days-a-week schedule was still acceptable with the department, and requested they be allowed to use the east side of Schuster so they could […]

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com On so many nights, when Ken Ramler of Sartell prepares to go to sleep, he thinks of playing pickleball first thing in the morning and the thought always energizes him with happiness. At age 69, he’s played pickleball for five years and loves the game because, as he put it, it’s […]

Sound reduction barrier part of approved actions The Apple Valley City Council was split when it approved a resolution to an amendment on March 28, in an attempt to resolve an ongoing dispute about the level of noise coming from the outdoor pickleball courts at Hayes Park. The council members had different preferences for the […]