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Zimmerman

City of Zimmerman

Zimmerman is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,228 at the 2010 census.

Zimmerman is a predominantly rural community. U.S. Highway 169 serves as a main route in the area. The community is 42 miles north-northwest of Minneapolis and 33 miles east-southeast of St. Cloud.

History
The Village of Lake Fremont was incorporated in 1910. In 1967, the town was renamed 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.

Events
Every year on Memorial Day weekend Zimmerman holds a community event called the “Wild West Days”. This includes a carnival in Lion’s Park, a softball tournament, a 5k charity run, a fireworks show, a parade, and many other activities. The parade usually includes the Elk River School District’s marching band cadets, the fire department from Zimmerman, and floats from some of the businesses in the area. Also, the weekend after Labor Day, the Zimmerman/Livonia Fire Dept. has its annual open house with tours of the fire station, safety demonstrations and other activities, followed by a street dance in front of the station. This event is usually complemented by events involving many of the area’s churches and organizations.

Points of interest
Zimmerman is close to many lakes. Lake Fremont is a spring-fed lake on the city’s eastern boundary. It offers fishing, boating and swimming. Zimmerman is also the gateway to the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, 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, camping, fishing, hiking, and swimming.

Schools
There are three school buildings in Zimmerman. The oldest is Zimmerman Elementary School. It celebrated its 50th anniversary of operation in 2007 and underwent a renovation in 2009. It 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 low 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 high school students attending Elk River High School, until 2005, when the addition for the high school was completed. The high school sports teams are called the Thunder.

Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.56 square miles (9.22 km2); 3.42 square miles (8.86 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.

Notable person

  • Lisa Fobbe, former member of the Minnesota Senate

References:

“Zimmerman, Minnesota” │ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimmerman,_Minnesota

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