About Us


I'm Eunice, Chairperson of the Aitkin Area Pickleball Association.
This site was created to communicate about all things pickleball in the Aitkin, MN area.

I've seen so many friendships develop from our pickleball community - and that's what pickleball represents to me. At the end of the day, we don't remember the score, we remember the people.

We are a small community with big pickleball dreams!


  • Train pickleballers of all ages

  • Advocate for quality pickleball playing locations in Aitkin and surrounding areas

  • Provide tools to improve pickleball skills (pickleball tutor pitching machine)

  • Maintain PlayTime Scheduler to sign up to play at specific locations

  • Run PicklePalooza - an annual fun weekend event

  • Supply pickleballs for member use

  • Purchase necessary equipment (possibly wind screens and court dividers) to improve our playing venue


We accept voluntary $20 per person dues every summer.

Please make checks out to "AAPA" and send to: Aitkin Pickleball/CO Julie Wilson, 27792 450th PL, Aitkin, MN, 56431

If you would like periodic updates on AAPA, include your email with your registration.


Aitkin Area Pickleball Association Board Members:

Chairperson: Eunice Weslander

Treasurer: Julie Wilson

Scheduling: Roberta Kosloski

Education and Court Management: Rodger Lindgren

Website/Outreach: Carolyn Karstens

Member: Mike Eisenbraun

Member: Dan Moriarty

Member: Judy Anakkala

Contact us: aitkinpickleball@gmail.com


AAPA is the result of years of passionate devotion by many pickleball leaders in our community. A very special thank you to John Newstrom. John is a self-described pickleball fanatic, and was one of several people who helped form and administer the Aitkin Area Pickleball Association. He has been an active player, PB 101 instructor, and coach for many years. He has also served as an Ambassador for the U.S. Pickleball Association, responsible for promoting pickleball in the Aitkin County area.

John is the pickleball patriarch of the Aitkin area. He continues to teach and offer his expert advice on a regular basis. He has been here from the beginning and many of us have learned from him; not only the game of pickleball, but also the love and passion for the game. For these things we owe him a debt of gratitude.

Also a special thanks to:

  • The original group of AAPA Board Members in addition to John: Dorothy Casey, Janet Lindgren (continues to teach) Rodger Lindgren (continues on the committee) Jim Benda, Pat and Mark Hodges, and Mary Beal.

  • Director Community Ed: Lara Parkin

  • Rippleside Elementary Janitors

  • City of Aitkin -Mike Skrbich-City Administrator, Lon Nicko-Street Commissioner and Aitkin City Council and Park Board

Aitkin Area Pickleball Association


Please reach out if you have questions, comments, or would like to volunteer.