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It's permanency for pickleball courts in Cloquet


August 9, 2019

Jana Peterson

Cheryl Donahue hits a ball Thursday morning while partnering with Marilynn Pavlich for a set. Donahue also played with her granddaughter, Juli Steinert, in a later match. Juli was the lone teenager on the courts that day, but the game is a good fit for all ages.

Anyone who thinks getting older means being less active should visit Cloquet's new pickleball courts on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday morning.

Last week the courts at Churchill Elementary/Sunnyside Park were packed with mostly senior citizen players, using paddles to bat what looked like a tiny wiffleball back and forth on the bright blue courts. The women players outnumbered men by a ratio of about 4:1. Heart rates were elevated but there was a lot of laughing going on too.

When asked what she likes about pickleball, Cloquet's Nancy Nelson responded "Everything!"

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