Seven miles west of Willmar on Highway 12 is the town of Pennock, which was once a water stop for the railroad. Pennock was established and platted by the railroad in 1871 as St. Johns. The name was changed to Pennock in 1891 and was incorporated as a village in 1903. Today, Pennock is a small, yet charismatic village filled with welcoming residents.

All of the amenities in Pennock provide residents with plenty of ways to stay active. There are four parks, a baseball diamond, convenience store and a community center. The community center is available for rental to host a birthday party, graduation, etc. There is also the new Dirk’s Fourth Addition with 28 sites available for purchase to build your dream home. Rest assured that the entire community takes great pride in the overall upkeep of homes, businesses and yards.

The town’s favorite time of year is in August when Pennock hosts its annual “Fun Days.” The two-day celebration is filled with fun activities such as a tractor rodeo, pet show, concert, community picnic, multiple tractor pulls and craft vendors. It’s an event that not only brings the community together, but also renews the Pennock pride.

Pennock is a part of Independent School District No. 347, otherwise known as Willmar Public Schools—Home of the Cardinals!


City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Pennock Community Center.

City Office:

205 Second Street NW
P.O. Box 159
Pennock, MN 56279


Photo by Dennis Benson

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2010 Population: 508
2008 Population: 490
Number of Households: 174
Persons per Household: 2.92
Labor Force: 279
Median Household Income: $42,273

Distance from Airports

Minneapolis/St. Paul: 91 miles
St. Cloud Regional: 74 miles
Willmar Municipal: 6 miles

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