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Columbus is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,914 at the 2010 census.HistoryThe city was formerly 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 re-elected in November 2008. Dave Povolny is the current Mayor of Columbus.Running Aces Harness Park, a 5/8 mile harness horse racing track, opened in Columbus in April 2008.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47.76sqmi, of which, 44.92sqmi is land and 2.84sqmi 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 referred to as the Forest Lake Split, named after the city to the immediate east.Rice Creek flows through the city. Carlos Avery Wildlife Area is located within the north–central and west–central portions of Columbus.
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