Located in Sherburne County, approximately 42 miles northwest of Minneapolis and 33 miles southeast of St. Cloud, MN, Zimmerman is a small town that combines the conveniences of a vibrant town with the beauty of the natural resources in its blended rural spaces.


Known as the gateway to the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, the Zimmerman community expands well beyond its mapped city center and is easily accessible from MN Hwy 169. 

Let's Take a Closer Look

Despite, what some deem to be a smaller community with just a little over 5,220 residents recorded as of the 2010 census, the community has a number of active community organizations and resources including the Boys & Girls Club of ZimmermanGreater Zimmerman Area Chamber of Commerce, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, Cub Scouts & Girl Scouts Troops, Zimmerman Lions Club, Community Food Shelf, Sportman's Connection, Veteran's Services, a local Farmers Market and so much more. 

Zimmerman’s Business-Community

From local mom-and-pop establishments to large brand name shopping and dining venues, the residents of the Zimmerman community have everything they need at their fingertips.

You'll find a local dog training service, garage door service and repair, drain cleaning and plumbing, civic services, the Zimmerman Today Paper; a local publication, and a variety of restaurants from brand name fast food establishments to one of the best Chinese restaurants around.

There are local insurance agents, financial planning services and banking services, a fitness center, a local gun shop, auctioneer services, photography, hair salons, floral & gift store, grocery and convenience stores, real estate services, chiropractic & physical therapy services, childcare, computer services, a precision machining company, and so much more.

You'll find a full list of the local business services and solutions here.


Zimmerman provides a variety of recreational resources and activities year-round for residents and visitors alike. You'll find a local fitness center with a gym available for shooting hoops one-on-one or join in a pick-up game.

You'll find a frisbee/disc golf course, ball fields and ice rinks nearby. And, Zimmerman has a number of locally organized youth and adult activities you can participate in year round.

Learn more about these community activities on the City of Zimmerman website.

A short drive west from Zimmerman you'll find the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can hike and canoe the pristine habitat.  The refuge is was actually designated as a state Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society because of the variety and large flocks of migrating birds flying in and out of the refuge; such as the Sandhill Crane, Red-Headed Woodpecker, and numerous waterbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors.

Learn more about their season activities, resources and how to plan you trip by visiting www.fws.gov/refuge/Sherburne/ 

Schools/School District

The community of Zimmerman is part of the Independent School District #728 - Elk River

Zimmerman Schools

Within Zimmerman you will find Charter School - Kaleidoscope and Charter School - Spectrum High School.

You'll also find Westwood Elementary, Zimmerman Elementary, Zimmerman Middle, and Zimmerman High Schools.

Area Listings

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Updated: 16th October, 2021 1:13 AM (UTC).