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City of Columbus

Columbus is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,914 at the 2010 census.

The city was known as Columbus Township until September 21, 2006, when it was incorporated as the city of Columbus, in response to concerns that the adjacent city of Forest Lake was planning to annex portions of the township.

Mel Mettler, the first mayor of Columbus, was reelected in 2008. Jesse Preiner was elected mayor in 2019.

Running Aces Harness Park, a 5/8 mile harness horse racing track, opened in Columbus in April 2008.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 47.76 square miles (123.70 km2), of which 44.92 square miles (116.34 km2) is land and 2.84 square miles (7.36 km2) is water.

Anoka County Roads 18, 19, 23, 54, and 62 are the main routes in the community. Interstate 35 splits into Interstates 35E and 35W within the southeast corner of Columbus. The junction is commonly known as the Forest Lake Split, after the city to the immediate east.

Rice Creek flows through Columbus. Carlos Avery Wildlife Area is in the north-central and west-central parts of the city.

Nearby places include Forest Lake, Lino Lakes, Ham Lake, East Bethel, and Wyoming.


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