Atwater is a small, close-knit community located 13 miles east of Willmar on Highway 12. Atwater may be small, but the amount and variety of businesses and activities will surprise you—a bank, grocery store, Ford dealership, chiropractor, dentist, vet clinic and ethanol plant, just to name a few. Not to mention an 18-hole golf course filled with pine trees and beautiful views located on the edge of town.

One special tradition within the community is “Atwater Festival Days.” The entire city and members from surrounding Kandiyohi County communities come together every year on the third weekend in June to celebrate Atwater. Some of the locals’ favorite events include a medallion hunt, garage sales, softball tournament, grand parade, street dance and golf scramble. There really is something for everyone to partake in throughout the six-day celebration!

Atwater is a part of Independent School District No. 2396, otherwise known as ACGC (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City) Public Schools —Home of the Falcons! They host the ACGC North Elementary School which is home to preschool-6th grade students. The ACGC High School for students in grades 7-12 is located in Grove City—just 5 miles east of Atwater on Highway 12. 


City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the city offices.

City Office:

322 Atlantic Avenue West
P.O. Box 59

Atwater, MN 56209

Photo by Dennis Benson


Atwater City Offices and Public Library located in the renovated historic Hotel Atwater
Photo by Dennis Benson

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2010 Population: 1,133
2008 Population: 1,026
Number of Households: 468
Persons per Household: 2.37
Labor Force: 584
Median Household Income: $39,265

Distance from Airports

Minneapolis/St. Paul: 71 miles
St. Cloud Regional:66 miles
Willmar Municipal:15 miles


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