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Dave Johnson prepares to hit a forehand during Monday night’s pickleball session in the Boys & Girls Club of Bemidji Area gymnasium. Jim Johnston, pictured at right, served as Johnson’s partner for the second half of the evening session. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

Pickleball comes to Bemidji

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BEMIDJI – On any given Monday night, you’ll be able hear whacks and laughs echoing off the walls of the Boys & Girls Club gymnasium.

Pickleball has come to Bemidji.

“It’s not quite as vigorous as tennis, but a little more vigorous than pingpong,” said Steven Hostetter, who tried out the game last Monday with his wife, Brenda.

Pickleball, a racquet sport, is played with a wooden paddle and wiffle ball on a badminton court with a lowered net.

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