Zimmerman, Minnesota

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Zimmerman is a rural community located about 45 miles northwest of St. Paul, in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,851 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Route 169 serves as a main arterial route in the city.



The Village of Lake Fremont was incorporated in 1910. In 1967, the town was re-named the City of Zimmerman. Lake Fremont was named for the western explorer, John C. Frémont, and the name Zimmerman derives from Moses Zimmerman, a local farmer who was influential in promoting the idea of the Great Northern Railway coming through the area.


Every year in Zimmerman on Memorial Day weekend there is a community event called the "Wild West Days"[2]. This includes a carnival in Lion's Park, a parade, softball tournament, 5k charity run and many other activities. The parade usually includes the Middle/High School's band students (including Zimmerman High School Drumline), the fire department from Zimmerman and surrounding areas and floats from the area's many businesses. Also, the weekend after Labor Day the Zimmerman/Livonia Fire Dept. has their annual open house with tours of the fire station, safety demonstrations and other activities that are followed by a street dance in front of the station. This event is usually complimented by events involving many of the area churches and organizations.

Points of interest

Zimmerman is located close to many lakes. Lake Fremont is a spring fed lake located within the eastern most boundary of the city. Lake Fremont offers fishing, boating and swimming. Zimmerman is also the gateway to the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the few natural oak savannas in the country. Zimmerman is also near the Sand Dunes State Forest, which features many miles of horse and snowmobile trails for year round enjoyment. The Sand Dunes State Forest also has camping, fishing, and swimming.


There are currently three school buildings in Zimmerman. The oldest is Zimmerman Elementary School. This school celebrated its 50th anniversary of operation in 2007 and underwent a renovation in 2009. It currently houses grades K-2. The other elementary school is Westwood Elementary School. It is one of the most energy efficient schools in the country. It has earned many awards for this, and news coverage for its extremely small energy bills. It contains a very efficient air filtration system, and the lighting is adjusted automatically. This school houses grades 3-5 and was completed in 2004. The other school is the combined Middle/High School. It was a middle school with the high school students attending Elk River High School. This continued until 2005 when the addition for the high school was added on. The High School sports teams are named the "Thunder".


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,851 people, 963 households, and 722 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,026.0 people per square mile (396.0/km²). There were 1,018 housing units at an average density of 366.4/sq mi (141.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.61% White, 0.11% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

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